The True History of the Elephant Man

  • by Michael Howell, Peter Ford
  • Narrated by Steve West
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Due to horrible physical deformities, he spent much of his life as a fairground freak. He was hounded, persecuted, and starving, until his fortune changed and he was rescued, housed, and fed by the distinguished surgeon, Frederick Treves. The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and un-romanticized facts of his life.


Audible Editor Reviews

Joseph Merrick possesses one of the most touching and troubling life stories of the 19th century. Suffering from several deformities, he was rejected by his family and forced to earn his living by being exhibited as a "human curiosity". Drawing on interviews with those who knew him and a great deal of scholarly research, The True History of the Elephant Man builds a full picture of the extraordinary man Merrick was - kind, gentle, and optimistic despite the cruelties he endured. Performer Steve West's expert narration and English accent adds a distinguished feel to this harrowing but ultimately human tale.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sad yet inspiring

We all know the "story" or have seen the film but what an insight! This book gave the listener various ways of experiencing the "elephant man's" feelings and surroundings!! Great journey then when you thought the story ended there were more things to find out!! Just because Joseph Merrick died obviously doesn't mean the end! His survivors have their say!!
The narrator was a joy to listen to throughout!
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- Amazon Customer

Amazing man!

I've always wanted to know the real story of John Merrick...this was very informative and told the listener every detail of John's life...I felt so sorry for him having to live like that because he was so misunderstood. He was a smart man and had many wonderful qualities...its a shame that his outward appearance was the deciding factor to some people as to whether Mr.Merrick was someone of substance...he truly was extraordinary in a unique and wonderful won't be disappointed!!
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- Carolyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios