Water for Elephants Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. He introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus's animal trainer); and to Rosie, the seemingly untrainable elephant Jacob cares for.



  • This audiobook, "Water for Elephants," is a unique blend of the unfamiliar and the comforting, as it transports listeners into the captivating world of the circus, where unexpected tenderness is discovered amidst the harshness of reality. The enduring love that triumphs over cruelty adds an additional layer of enthrallment to the narrative. The story is skillfully narrated, with a seamless transition between the perspectives of an older individual and their younger self. The weaving of past and present effortlessly merges two compelling stories into one, captivating listeners with equal intensity. The narrators' delivery truly enhances the beauty of this narrative.
  • Out of all the audiobooks I've listened to, this one takes the cake. I had my reservations about a story involving someone escaping to join a circus, but a buddy suggested it and I was instantly captivated. The way it effortlessly transitions between the protagonist's experiences at age 23 and 93 is truly impressive. The narrative of the 23-year-old is enlightening and impactful, while the 93-year-old's perspective is touching and heartfelt. I was almost brought to tears by one of the elderly man's letdowns. Absolutely phenomenal!
  • This audiobook was such a delight to listen to, just as enjoyable as 'The Help'. It's one of those books that I couldn't wait to dive back into. The narrative was excellently organized and the narration itself was top-notch. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. I can't recommend this audiobook enough.