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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild

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Simon Vance

10 Hours 56 Minutes

Tantor Media

December 2012

Audio Book Summary

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

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  • Lauren O.

    It is a beautiful story full of heart, danger, and earnest struggle told by someone who has spent a lifetime loving something wild and trying with every fiber of their being to preserve that wildness as nature intended. There is something honest and raw about this book and it is the type that will keep you up into the night listening on to see what happens in the next chapter. The voice of the narrator is very pleasant and you really get a sense of being there on the scene with them. You get to know the personality of each elephant. It is a unique and exciting aufitory opportunity to live this wonderful experience through great story telling. I’d read it again in a heartbeat, although my heart drops with hurried dread during the chapters in which staff are caught harrassing the elephants, poachers are found on the reserve, or cattle men decide to try to take his dream from him once and for all. The book is not a fluffy feel good story. Its an action packed edge of your seat adventure and a chance to take a peek into a world we understand very little about instinctively; a world of greatly intelligent and emotionally deep creatures who have a whole language and system of their own . Read it; you won’t be sorry.

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  • Jeffrey B.

    Beautiful and amazing story about a man and the wonderful animals he so admires.

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  • Anonymous

    This was a very enjoyable story which also does a great job of describing the local tribal culture which was interesting. The narrator was fantastic. I prefer to listen to audiobooks set in places where trying to read the unfamiliar names of places and people are so difficult, usually I give up.

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  • Anonymous

    A Beautiful story conveyed through a man that has had a life long passion for all animals. The book isn't only a wild ride of situations i couldn't even imagine but ever step of the way I learned so much. I already had an idea of how amazing mother nature was....this book has driven that appreciation that much farther.

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  • Debbie R.

    I know one day I will go see the herd I loved this book and any wait to go to S Africa

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  • Anonymous

    Very good book. We could all learn something from an elephant.

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  • Solomon U.

    It was very interesting! Well done!

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  • Daniel W.

    Fascinating audiobook. I learned so much about elephants as well as other African wildlife and Africa.

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  • Susan W.

    Wonderful read! Enjoyed it thoroughly!

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  • Patty Oole

    I love nature and all animals. It was fun to learn about about the power of elephants. Because of this book and the real life elephant whisperer, I've been inspired to invest time and funds I'm conservationist efforts. Passionate!

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