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Download Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Chambers Narrator: David Holloway Publisher: Steerforth Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jumbo was a superstar of the Victorian era. Every day tens of thousands of people would visit this adored animal known as the Children's Pet at the London Zoo. When P.T. Barnum purchased him for his Greatest Show on Earth, Jumbo's transport to the United States made headlines for weeks. In North America, Jumbo became an instant sensation, and his name entered our lexicon as an adjective for oversized things. A half century after his death his still-famous and unrivalled popularity was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Dumbo.

But the story behind the story is more gripping than one could possibly imagine. Jumbo's moving and surprisingly complex relationship with a junior zookeeper named Matthew Scott is told here for the first time using newly discovered archival material, including Scott's own diaries. Chambers' compelling account of Jumbo's secret history enhances an already magnificent legend.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kammy | 1/6/2014

    " Fascinating story about the elephant that took England and America by storm. Lots of tragedy, as would be expected for the 1880's era zoos and circuses, but a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 12/12/2013

    " This was a short lively jaunt through the life of Jumbo. I read it in one sitting actually. I found it inspiring and learned a lot about elephants in captivity at the time. I've always been interested in the myth of Jumbo. He's even more wonderful and more tragic than I had imagined! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie | 8/4/2013

    " I enjoyed Water for Elephants, so this book seemed to be a perfect non-fiction follow up to it. It was a quick read and rather interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea | 7/3/2013

    " A fascinating subject that I'd never really thought about before. I wasn't terribly thrilled with the author's writing style - a little too journalistic for my tastes - but he did manage to convey a good sense of the story and the times. "

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