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Water for Elephants

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John Randolph Jones, David LeDoux

11 Hours 33 Minutes

HighBridge Company

May 2006

Audio Book Summary

Jacob Janowski's luck had run out-orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

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    Loved it. I have read the book myself, seen the movie, and now enjoyed the audio version.

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    An amazing book. I had no troubles trying to get into it. There were great narrators.

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  • Anonymous

    This is a fun story, with a small glimpse into the history of traveling circuses in America in the early 1900's. I especially enjoyed chapters with old Jacob, the fiesty old gentleman reflecting on his younger years. It was sad to learn of his lonely years at the nursing home.

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    This is such a great story, loved it.

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  • Sara D.

    Narrator was really good, have read it before but loved it being narrated, gave it a bit extra.

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    An adventure through a life I would not have thought so interesting! Detailed with narrators keeping you wanting to hear more. Couldn’t predict the story or how much I enjoyed it!

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    EXCELLENT [email protected] EXCELLENT narration! Reader captures the emotion & character of each of the players in the story, Highly recommended!

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    Brilliant Story!

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