• Jamrach's Menagerie

  • By: Carol Birch
  • Narrated by: Dave John
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-07-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 3.6 (7 ratings)

Regular price: $23.63

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $23.63

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London's East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal. Rescued by Mr Jamrach - explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world's strangest creatures - the two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies. His journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits.
Carol Birch's epic novel brings alive the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the docks of London to the storms of the Indian Ocean: a gripping exploration of our relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains.
©2011 Carol Birch (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
Show More Show Less
No Reviews are Available

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Charles on 10-25-11

Disappointing

I was very much looking forward to listening to this book; based upon both its good reviews elsewhere and its shortlisting for the Booker Prize. Having done so I can confidently state both that it is well written with some very powerful scenes and also very well read. Unfortunately I didn't particularly enjoy it and the only reason I can suggest is that no matter how exciting or traumatic the adventures experienced by the narrator and his companions I felt oddly distant from the action. Perhaps this was because I found it difficult to empathise or identify with or even particularly like any of them. I appreciate that this is a purely personal reaction and others may fare better but I thought it worth mentioning in case you are thinking of spending a credit on the book.

Read More Hide me

9 of 10 people found this review helpful


By Chris on 11-01-11

Not for me

I found some of the passages in this this book rather disturbing and suspect that many others will feel the same. It is difficult to warn people of exactly what themes are involved without 'spoiling' the storyline, suffice it to say that there are quite graphic descriptions of themes that many will find abhorrent. This is not to say that the book is not well written - it is. When the story rolls along, as it sometimes does, this is a good yarn well told. However, there are numerous pauses for description and philosophy which hold up the storytelling to the detriment of the whole. And it is this, rather than the disturbing scenes, that reduces my rating to three stars.

Read More Hide me

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By JOHN W on 07-06-15

Classic Lovers Must Read

The tale of Jamrach's menagerie starts out like a classic novel in the style of Dickens, Trollope or Eliot and is a great coming of age tale of Jaffy Brown a nineteenth century street urchin as he journeys over the seven seas to become a man. Get lost, relax, rediscover youth in this awesome tale.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews