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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Reene Singer Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415941447
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Can a badly abused elephant halfway across the world help a woman win back her cheating husband? In this funny, heartwarming story, the author of the beloved novel Horseplay presents another smart, memorable heroine and the animals–and men–she loves.

Neelie Sterling never did listen well to the conversation around her. Always preoccupied with an inner monologue, she sometimes missed things. She was happy when Matt, her veterinarian husband, told her he was getting a collie; she liked dogs. But he had said colleague, to help with his busy practice. The problems start when the pretty blond “collie” calls Neelie to say that she is pregnant with Matt’s child. Sent into a tailspin, Neelie throws herself into her horse training business until she discovers that Matt is part of a group planning to leave for Zimbabwe to rescue a badly injured elephant. Thinking she can win Matt’s heart again, Neelie manages to get included.

The trip is dangerous, exhilarating, and revealing. Neelie learns about herself as a wife and a woman. Back at home, she discovers secrets everywhere–with her parents, with Matt, even in training an elephant. Fighting to keep her life from unraveling as she struggles to gain the elephant’s trust, she ultimately learns that healing can be mutual. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2014

    " This is a fun, easy read. The main character has a hearing loss (similar to mine) and is constantly misinterpreting what she hears (similar to me). This novel contains several good elephant jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/13/2014

    " I found this book on the "New" shelf and really enjoyed the writing style. The main character's auditory inattention was an interesting quirk and her attempts to win back her cheating husband are extreme. The ending is satisfying all around. "

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

    " This book is for people who a)sometimes can't hear what other people are saying b) love jelly donuts and c)love animals, especially elephants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 1/30/2014

    " Not a perfect book -but read it cover to cover in one night "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/30/2014

    " This was a good book and very interesting reading about both the horses and the elephants. I thought the way she handled some of the situations was a little unbelievable, and it was frustrating that she never seemed to have a discussion with her husband to talk about what led to his affair and the divorce until the very end. Even so, I can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/29/2014

    " I really liked this book because the author captures much of the stunning effect, mental anguish, confusion and turmoil of being betrayed by a spouse. The heroine's survival, grieving, and shift in life's priorities make this a fascinating read. Learned a fair amount about elephants as well. The heroine's astounding resilience and delightfully sarcastic humor keeps the book from being even marginally depressing. Highly recommend it; it's a 4.5 star read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/25/2014

    " Thsi novel is well written with very likable characters and an interesting background story on elephant rescue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/18/2014

    " I listened to this book while working in the garage...it certainly made the time go by. Glad it was a CD, wouldn't have had the patience to read it, the story is too much fluff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/2/2014

    " This was a book I picked up on a whim at the store because I sort of love Elephants for illogical reasons. And it was a very sweet book. I couldn't put it down! I had to find out if she ended up with the cheating husband and what happened with the elephant. It's a quick, sweet read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie N | 11/22/2013

    " liked it...different and an easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/20/2013

    " I loved this book, which is not to be confused with Water for Elephants. The main character annoyed my sister because of the way she mishears things. But I liked that. I found one of the relationships a little implausible so I was pleased with the way it ended (not to give it away). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy O'Donnell | 10/18/2013

    " This book pulled me right in because the first page the women stated that there was so much in her head and she didn't listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 7/23/2013

    " This book made me want to buy an elephant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 6/20/2013

    " a quick read. would have given it a 4, but the ending was too tidy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drusilla | 8/10/2012

    " Enjoyed the elephants and horses. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debdanz | 5/3/2012

    " Woman's mid-life crisis book; interesting quirk in that the main character mis-hears everything so there are fun word plays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slone | 11/11/2011

    " An interesting read, but ... I was disappointed with the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/26/2011

    " Interesting narrator - humorous and a little odd, but showed enough growth throughout. Love the elephant plot, and interested enough to want to read the sequel. 3.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian Goldberg | 10/21/2011

    " A quick, easy read, with many laught out loud moments. A simple, chick-lit romp with refreshing. self-deprecating humor, some Jewish references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 9/1/2011

    " Great story-loved the main character with her humor and quirks. The interaction with the elephants was wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 8/6/2011

    " I did not like this main character. Pretty much everything she did annoyed me. If that was the author's goal she succeeded brilliantly. Carol did not have my same reaction, though, so I know it's just me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 7/12/2011

    " This was enjoyable. The narrator was funny in times of desperate measures. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/4/2011

    " Good story about human nature and relating to animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 6/18/2011

    " I did like this book. Amazing story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/24/2011

    " This book took me by surprise. I didn't think it was going to be that great, but I started it anyways. The character development has been awesome so far, and the plot is interesting but relatively stress-fee. I always find myself reading one more chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Saunders | 3/18/2011

    " I absolutely LOVED this novel!!! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachelfm | 2/23/2011

    " Donuts. Divorce. Pachyderms. Zillionaire sugar daddy. African Adventure. Snooze. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/14/2011

    " Quick, enjoyable read about a woman who finds solace in a rescued elephant and her calf after her marriage falls apart. Nothing fancy, nothing to think about afterwards. I am a sucker for any novel that features elephants and I am not really sure when that happened... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/2/2010

    " Some parts were funny or okay, but I wouldn't ever read it again or recommend it. I couldn't love any of the characters, even the main character, so that usually doesn't work out well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 11/17/2010

    " Thsi novel is well written with very likable characters and an interesting background story on elephant rescue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slone | 7/2/2010

    " An interesting read, but ... I was disappointed with the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/15/2010

    " Read it one sitting. Laughed out loud a lot. There are a couple of plot details that were either unlikely or impossible, but the overall effect is well worth ignoring them. Loved the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/21/2010

    " I found this book on the "New" shelf and really enjoyed the writing style. The main character's auditory inattention was an interesting quirk and her attempts to win back her cheating husband are extreme. The ending is satisfying all around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/15/2010

    " This was enjoyable. The narrator was funny in times of desperate measures. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/30/2009

    " This book made me want to buy an elephant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/13/2009

    " This book sucked me in and wouldn't let go until the last page. There's something about elephants that is so endearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatiana | 11/2/2009

    " A nice combination of hardships, romance, travel and elephants (well horses too). I love elephants and I love travel. Who doesn't like the occasional heart flutter while they're deep into a novel? And we can all relate to broken hearts. An overall, easy, good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Srgsusie | 11/1/2009

    " loved this book. Started out as just an entertaining novel but had some wonderful insights. "

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About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.