The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild

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Written By: Graham Spence, Lawrence Anthony

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Date: December 2012

Duration: 10 hours 56 minutes


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.


  • Lauren O.

    It is a beautiful story full of heart, danger, and earnest struggle told by someone who has spent a lifetime loving something wild and trying with every fiber of their being to preserve that wildness as nature intended. There is something honest and raw about this book and it is the type that will keep you up into the night listening on to see what happens in the next chapter. The voice of the narrator is very pleasant and you really get a sense of being there on the scene with them. You get to know the personality of each elephant. It is a unique and exciting aufitory opportunity to live this wonderful experience through great story telling. I’d read it again in a heartbeat, although my heart drops with hurried dread during the chapters in which staff are caught harrassing the elephants, poachers are found on the reserve, or cattle men decide to try to take his dream from him once and for all. The book is not a fluffy feel good story. Its an action packed edge of your seat adventure and a chance to take a peek into a world we understand very little about instinctively; a world of greatly intelligent and emotionally deep creatures who have a whole language and system of their own . Read it; you won’t be sorry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    A Beautiful story conveyed through a man that has had a life long passion for all animals. The book isn't only a wild ride of situations i couldn't even imagine but ever step of the way I learned so much. I already had an idea of how amazing mother nature was....this book has driven that appreciation that much farther.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeffrey B.

    Beautiful and amazing story about a man and the wonderful animals he so admires.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This was a very enjoyable story which also does a great job of describing the local tribal culture which was interesting. The narrator was fantastic. I prefer to listen to audiobooks set in places where trying to read the unfamiliar names of places and people are so difficult, usually I give up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Solomon U.

    It was very interesting! Well done!

  • Daniel W.

    Fascinating audiobook. I learned so much about elephants as well as other African wildlife and Africa.

  • Susan W.

    Wonderful read! Enjoyed it thoroughly!

  • Patty Oole

    I love nature and all animals. It was fun to learn about about the power of elephants. Because of this book and the real life elephant whisperer, I've been inspired to invest time and funds I'm conservationist efforts. Passionate!

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  • Loree W.

    Loved this book. The story was excellent, the characters well developed and I felt like I could “see” the story playing out as it was read. Excellent reader ! I highly recommend this book!

  • Lauren F.

    Amazing, inspiring, and heartwarming. This book is well well written and well narrated, but the story itself is phenomenal. I had so many feelings while listening to this and learned so much about animals, South Africa, and life in general. This book is easily my new favorite, and I recommend to everyone.

  • Sue O.

    I will listen to this book again. From the moment the adventure starts the life on a preserve is never dull. Lawrence ability to analyze the animals is remarkable

  • Wesley A.

    Great story about the saving of elephants and their new home in a South African game reserve. The book is filled with interesting stories about life in the African bush, elephant behavior and the connections between the reserve owner and the rescued elephants. Beautifully written and narrated.

  • Anonymous

    A rich and heart warming story filled with insight. The author relates all with caring and humor. A must "listen" for anyone, especially us animal lovers. Elephants are wonderful. This book will bring you laughter and to tears. Well worth it!

  • Anonymous

    ONE OD THE ABSOLUTE MOST AMAZING BOOKS I'VE EVER HEARD! TAKES YOU in from the first word!! Incredible. Riveting. Magical. ❤️

  • Linda F.

    I loved this story of South Africa, set in Zulu land. I came to know a little of the culture, language, & people. But, the best part, the rescued, wild elephants that found a safe home & good life. I learned that elephants communicate in many ways...the grumblings of their tummies & ear flapping, the eye contact. I admire Lawrence's patience as he introduced the wild herd of elephants to their new home. I was amazed how he met & overcame the many challenges to living on and managing a game reserve. He has a good team, a good heart, and a good wife. I love a story where there is lot's of visual, if you know what I mean. And this one has me seeing through his eyes as well as falling for the elephants, too.

  • Victor W.

    The Elephant Whisperer was one of the most enjoyable listens I have ever experienced. The superb recounting of events surrounding the elephants and their interaction with the main characters in the story was just amazing! Lawrence Anthony is to be commended for his bravery, presence of mind in stressful conditions and his unswerving dedication to the support and care of wildlife in Africa and other parts of the world. Graham Spence is simply brilliant in his writing style, choice of words and overall delivery of the story which allows the listener to become engrossed in the ups and downs of life on a game preserve. Simon Vance, the narrator, couldn't have been a better choice for the book. His authentic accent and ability to change voices to suit the various characters was brilliant.

  • Brian J

    this book is my favorite book I've read in a while and now makes it in my list if lifetime favorites! Love love love it! It fills the heart and inspires. The narrator is amazing too! enjoy...

  • Barbara Roberson

    Fascinating. Ordered it for the third time. and cannot wait to listen to it again.

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