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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Hammond Narrator: Laura Flanagan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An elephant never forgets . . . but can she dream?

For forty-one years, Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed not to retire until an equally loving and devoted caretaker is found to replace him, Sam rejoices when smart, compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper. But Neva quickly discovers what Sam already knows: that despite their loving care, Hannah is isolated from other elephants and her feet are nearly ruined from standing on hard concrete all day. Using her contacts in the zookeeping world, Neva and Sam hatch a plan to send Hannah to an elephant sanctuary—just as the zoo's angry, unhappy director launches an aggressive revitalization campaign that spotlights Hannah as the star attraction, inextricably tying Hannah's future to the fate of the Max L. Biedelman Zoo.

A charming, poignant, and captivating novel certain to enthrall readers of Water for Elephants, Diane Hammond's Hannah's Dream is a beautifully told tale rich in heart, humor, and intelligence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A generously told tale that will stick with you long after the last page is turned.” 

    Terry Gamble, author of Good Family and the Water Dancers

  • “A pleasure.” 

    Susan McCarthy, author of Becoming a Tiger

  • “Irresistibly touching, delectably uplifting, Hammond’s understated yet gargantuan tale of devotion and commitment poignantly proves that love does indeed come in all shapes and sizes.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Moments of genuine emotion will charm readers in search of a happy ending.” 

    Publishers Weekly 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonja | 2/20/2014

    " What a great character book. A few plot problems are more than balanced by the fact that I fell in love with nearly every vividly drawn character, even the "bad guy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vernyce | 2/19/2014

    " i have scarcely laughed or cried as much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lora | 2/15/2014

    " I really wanted to LOVE this book--and I really liked the premise and the storyline--and I thought it was for the most part well-written. I appreciated the author giving her background at the beginning so one knew what she was trying to accomplish. It bothered me that she felt that she had to talk about reincarnation a couple of times to try to induce sympathy for animals from people. I can be sympathetic, empathetic and loving without thinking that my dog is one of my deceased relatives reincarnated. I also liked both of the love interests that were introduced in the story and was bothered by them being both seemingly "worthy" and no further development of Johnson Johnson's interest. I found Johnson Johnson facsinating, but it seemed like he was just going to be used by the heroine to further the main purposes. I enjoyed the book. It was a fun weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caryn | 2/11/2014

    " I am always leary about reading an animal book because they usually do not end well. This is a story about a wonderful old man and his relationship with this elephant. It is a good read with a sweet ending. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Hammond

Diane Hammond has worked as a writer and editor and served as a spokesperson for the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Free Willy Keiko Foundation. Her writing has appeared in such magazines as Yankee, Mademoiselle, and Washington Review. She is currently a Web designer in Tacoma, Washington.