Narrated by: John Randolph Jones and David LeDoux
- Pub. Date: November 2009
- Publisher: HighBridge Company
- Format: Compact Disc
- Sales Rank: 17,580
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.My Thoughts:
This was a good audiobook. The narrators were excellent and drew me into the story easily. Listening to both narrators reading the young Jacob and the old Jacob was wonderful. It's something that wouldn't have worked well for me had I read the book.
This isn't one of those fast paced books that keeps you on edge the whole time. Instead it's one of those books that slowly draws you in and keeps your attention to the end. I enjoyed hearing about Jacob's life in the circus. I loved Rosie! Probably my favorite character in the book even if she's just an elephant heh.
I'm having a hard time writing this review though and I'm not sure why. I enjoyed the book but it's not one of those books that has you screaming from the top of the mountains but I would have no problem recommending it to anyone.
Author's Website: Sara Gruen