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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Anthony Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of rogue wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Latimer | 2/8/2014

    " A beautiful story. It had me in tears as well as laughing out loud. Such a beautiful story about life, animals and the wild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sue harper | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent read. His descriptions of the bush and the ongoing elephant saga were enjoyable, poignant and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Loran Bailey | 1/31/2014

    " This is a fairly enjoyable book by a ranger in a South African wildlife preserve who makes a personal connection with a herd of wild elephants. He is charged with maintaining a wildlife preserve, not a tamed life preserve, so he really wants to be in contact with the animals as little as possible. However, a herd of elephants has to be relocated to his preserve and they are not very happy with being there and immediately start escaping. That will not do. It is most likely to get them shot. Have you ever tried to control a herd of wild elephants though? About the only thing he can do is to teach the elephants to trust him so that he can convince them to stay put. That leads him to actually make frends with them. And that, of course, leads him to some emotional trauma when he has to have one of them killed and it also ends up consuming his life too. "

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

    " Despite the trite and irrelevant title, this is a good book! If you like animals you will appreciate the efforts made by the author to try and successfully take in a rescue herd of "trouble maker" elephants. Those of us in animal rescue who have ever had a "problem" foster dog or cat know all too well the challenges that can be faced. Imagine those challenges when the animals are elephants! How the author, who owns a game preserve in South Africa, deals with the problems - not just of the elephants but of poaching, tribal disputes, and other struggles - is interesting. I admit I am predisposed to like stories of both Africa and animals, but I venture to bet that even if you are not, you will be able to appreciate this reasonably well told, unique story. Wish the Kindle addition had included some photos; don't know if other versions do or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/22/2014

    " The author describes his experiences on Thula Thula, his game reserve in Zululand, South Africa, when he is asked to take in a herd of traumatized wild elephants. Engagingly written, this is at once fascinating, informative, funny, sad, exciting and moving. A delight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 1/18/2014

    " Highly recommend this amazing book - a true story and total page-turner at the same time. What an amazing man (the author, Lawrence Anthony.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Hess Greenawalt | 1/15/2014

    " Great book....took me back to Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 1/14/2014

    " Loved this book! Anthony's compassion, empathy and deep understanding of his elephants was moving! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy Owen | 12/17/2013

    " Such a lovely heart warming story. I loved it. It took me straight back to Africa where I grew up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga Shipilo | 12/10/2013

    " Want to own an elephant now:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 12/7/2013

    " This is a great book about animals, people, the earth, how all of those things are intertwined. It's also a great adventure book. Wow, that man had patience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/28/2013

    " Not a book I would have picked up, but my book club is reading it. Fascinating look at life in Africa, although from an entitled point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Davia | 11/26/2013

    " Really liked this book, the story of a game reserve owner and how he works with wild elephants to acclimate them to their new life in his park. Made me want to go to Africa to see for myself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-ann Nossent | 11/14/2013

    " This came up as a recommendation otherwise I don't think I would have picked it, which would have been a shame as I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sundi Pierce | 11/5/2013

    " Loved this book! Definitely read like a novel as other reviews have mentioned. My husband wondered if it was possibly because the author had spent so much time in a storytelling culture. If you are an animal lover, you will love this book and possibly fall more in love with elephants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin Schoeman | 10/14/2013

    " This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read! Made me wish that I could have a herd of elephants! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adri | 10/10/2013

    " Magnificent, humbling. Something really special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mischelle | 9/6/2013

    " This is probably one of my all time favorite books. Amazing true story and fabulous narration!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/18/2013

    " Extremely engaging, heartwarming, sometimes sad, I could not put the book down. Never a dull moment on this big game reserve in Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/17/2013

    " I first became aware of this story upon reading an article that the author had died. This is a truly fascinating account of his experiences running an African wildlife preserve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Bowen | 5/31/2013

    " A truly remarkable account of Lawrence Anthony's experiences with a herd of wild elephants. I couldn't put this book down. I am so grateful to Mr. Anthony for the work he has done in the wilds of Africa in saving and preserving the precious wildlife that roam his preserve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 2/17/2013

    " Amazing intelligence, loyalty, and protective of family and clan. I completely enjoyed the authors commitment to his work with this group of wild African elephants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The writing style is concise and still interesting and the story of the African bush made for interesting reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terrie Montague | 1/21/2013

    " One of my most treasured reads for certain!! Lawrence Anthony tells this beautiful story with compassion and humour and it would appear had an extraordinary connection with these beautiful creatures! Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenti | 12/22/2012

    " One of the best books I have read in a long time. Totally refreshing and even had me in tears! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shar | 12/15/2012

    " Can't recommend this book enough, so sad in places but has a real good feel to it too. "

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About the Author

Lawrence Anthony (1950–2012) was an international conservationist, explorer, and adventurer. An acknowledged African wildlife expert, his personal focus was the African elephant. He was a member of the esteemed Explorers Club of New York as well as the National Council of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been featured in the media, including Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Africa Geographic, Men’s Journal, and more.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.