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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: November 2008 ISBN: 9780061778872
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/11/2014

    " This is a delightful quick read complete with villains, a pig, a man who decorates toilets (inside and out)and a personable elephant with foot problems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/9/2014

    " A heart-warming story about a man and his elephant. You can't help but fall in love with Hannah, and cheer on those who are trying to get the best care for her possible. The story drags in the beginning a little too much for my taste, but by the end I couldn't put it down. It is really just a very sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/31/2014

    " Beautifully written. The characters are engaging y the love story of the elephant well told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 1/22/2014

    " The language wasn't great in this book, but the story is very moving. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 1/12/2014

    " If it's the only book you ever read, you haven't missed much. I hope I never forget it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/3/2014

    " I loved it. It was very enjoyable and touching. I want to read her other books now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Dobo | 12/18/2013

    " I appreciated all the characters, even the unlikeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kodi | 12/16/2013

    " Loved the way she developed the characters in this book. Easy, gentle read for summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/29/2013

    " I liked the characters, I learned something, and the plot was okay. It wasn't exciting, but it was good and I continued to think about it even after I was finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 11/28/2013

    " Sweet little book about the bond between an elephant and her caretaker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hangitupfr | 10/29/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 8/17/2013

    " I really liked this - a feel good story with interesting characters and an upbeat ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 8/6/2013

    " Wonderful little book. Heart warming without being smarmy. Highly recommend to animal lovers, especially sister Kris who loves elephants and Vicki who loves mammals (and birds and fish and . . . )Thanks to Lori for recommending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/13/2013

    " This book was delightful - a gentle character study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 9/24/2012

    " A delightful story! I loved the quirky characters with the exception of Marthew and Lavinia who did not seem real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamia Kelly | 8/30/2012

    " This delightful book will make you laugh and cry. Full of quirky but believable characters, it has the makings of a great movie. As the story unfolds, the descriptions of the people, places, and animals are so vivid and bright it's like a movie unfolding in print. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 8/19/2012

    " Great, heart-warming book! I loved it right away! Was sad when it ended, I wanted more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/6/2012

    " This was a very sweet book. I enjoyed it a lot! It was so sweet and sentimental. It's an easy read, too. Very enjoyable. If you like elephants or animals or love, this book is for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 8/2/2012

    " I wasn't sure I'd like this book, but I was soon hooked. Diane Hammond told a good story and created characters that the reader cares about. Great easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Furry orsine | 6/24/2012

    " a warm story about love for one another...human or animal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 5/27/2012

    " It was a sweet book with excellent characters and characterization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry Smith | 4/25/2012

    " I fell in love with each of the quirky characters, whether human or animal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashli | 2/18/2012

    " Good story. Took me a bit to get into it, but glad I stuck with it. Definitely felt attached to Hannah's keeper, Sam and his wife. I liked how nothing was perfect with any of the characters, but working together, the best happened for Hannah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Snell | 2/11/2012

    " A good read, but not a great book. "

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