• by Paul Chambers
  • Narrated by David Holloway
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"'Under the Radar' Top Ten — One of the best books of 2008 you might have missed." (Kirkus Reviews)
“This gentle, well-wrought book takes readers to thrilling places.” (The Washington Times)
“In what could perhaps be called a tell-all biography, Paul Chambers explores the sad but remarkable life of the most famous circus elephant ever in his fascinating, carefully researched account. “ (The Christian Science Monitor)


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Jumbo the elephant remembered in 3 countries

Would you listen to Jumbo again? Why?

A 's good children's story. especially when taking them to a circus. Elephants are being senselessly killed in Africa and Asia.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Junbo was very intelligent and a great performer.

Have you listened to any of David Holloway’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never heard of him before. no comment

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jumbo's death and reaction to it in 3 countries

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2011
  • Publisher: steerforth press l.l.c.