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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence, adapted by Thea Feldman (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Frankie Jorgensen on 06-09-18

So inspiring

Loved the story and appreciate elephants so much more. The narrator was easily understood and nice listening to him.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul Janes-brown on 06-06-18

Exciting, instructive, heartwarming

I don't know whether the author sounds like Simon Vance, but his reading comes across as his story. So all I can say is I felt like I spent five hours with a great story teller. I came away with the feeling I had been to Tula Tula and I knew these magnificent creatures. I felt Mr. Anthony's vast respect and love for his land, the people and these creatures of God. I found myself engaged, entertained, and moved in a way only literature can, when it is so well done.

As he listed his trials and tribulations after deciding to take the herd, I wondered what it was that drove him so to do all that needed to be done. A lesser man would have abandoned this project at so many places along the way. This is not just the story of the largest land mammal, but it is also the story, told without ego, of remarkably successful achievement by an exceptional human being.

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