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Water for Elephants
Narrated by David LeDoux & John Randolph Jones
Written by Sara Gruen
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The memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; the world of the circus. To Jacob it was both salvation and hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out and he was orphaned and penniless. It was the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the horse act, was there because she fell in love with the handsome circus boss. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act-in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately their only hope for survival. Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.

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