Monday, May 4, 2009

(36) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (Audiobook)

Yes, I know I am about the last person on the planet to read this book. But I really did not think that it would be a book I would like. So I avoided it. And then I saw the audio book at Goodwill for $3.99.

OK. I can give it a shot for $3.99.



Oh my goodness.

As most of you know, Water For Elephants is the story of Jacob Jankowski. The story is told in two voices, that of a young Jacob, and that of an elderly Jacob. As a young man Jacob's world is ripped apart in the early 20th century when his parents are killed in an auto accident. Unable to really process the fact that they left him nothing, he literally hops the train in hopes of escaping his pain.

He soon discover that he has hopped into another world. That of the traveling circus. The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. With characters like Walter, Uncle Al, August, Marlena & of course Rosie the elephant you are soon entering that world with Jacob. He struggles with the loss of his parents. He struggles with his growing feelings for Marlena. He struggles with his conscious as he watches August continuously abuses Rosie. And Marlena.

Listening to this book on audio created the ultimate "reading" experience. There were two narrators, Young Jacob & Elderly Jacob. And the difference between the two really accentuated the difference between the two men. It was amazing. And to really hear the quivering in Elderly Jacob's voice at his disappointment. Well. It made me want to visit my elderly Grandmother. It really hit close to home.

I can not say enough positive things about this book & the people in the book. Camel, Walter, and Qweenie all came to life for me. I cried when they cried and I thought my heart would break when. . .

If you are like me & have been putting off this book, do so no longer. You will thank me later.

4 comments:

Brandie said...

I really enjoyed this book. I hesitated in reading it because it's definitely not something I'd normally pick up. But I was glad I did!

Hooptee said...

I also avoided this one, but it's now one of my absolute favorites!

Lisa Mandina said...

I heard this was good, but like you, wasn't sure I wanted to read it.

Brasil said...

He is so likable, the boy next door, that his journey through lost innocence is so touching as he continues to struggle to do the right thing and protect the new friends he cares about. The storytelling is superb, gritty and honest. The circus action is very descriptive and amusing. A definite must read.

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