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It’s 1944. Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. Her mother works at Dresden zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her….and then the bombs start to fall.

Their home destroyed, Elizabeth and her family must flee the bombed-out city and through the wintery landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow….

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Heartwarming

A beautiful book for young and old. A family saves an elephant and themselves during world war 2. A coming of age.

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Brilliant!

Would you listen to An Elephant in the Garden again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to it again - but I think my children would. We listened to it on a long car journey & it was engaging & exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing about WW2 from the side of German civilians - prompted some interesting family discussions.

Have you listened to any of Fiona Clarke’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't heard anything else she's narrated.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The incredible story of an Elephant in war torn Germany!

Any additional comments?

A great story for children & adults!

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Amazing! Excellent!

We have listened to it many times it's just as good as the first time we heard it!

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The Elephant in the garden

It is a really good book and is a very moving story. It gives us a taste of what it was like for German people as we know lots about what it was like for English people. It is a fabulous story.

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Great but sad

I loved it and it was every easy to understand. The German voice was very good too.

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Engaging and emotional. An excellent story.

Loved it. Listened constantly for the whole story. Told had the whole family hooked. Fab.

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  • Ronda
  • 26-02-19

Heartwarming story and characters.

Not the usual WWII story. If you loved The Book Thief, you will love this one also.

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  • MPofahl
  • 26-03-19

Amazing story!!

Absolutely loved the narration! I couldn’t stop listening. This beautiful story will stay with me for a long time!

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  • catherine
  • 30-07-18

This is a beautiful, kind and loving book.

This book shows mankind at their best and worst with no in between. I read this book with my 5th grade twins for their class was reading about the Holocaust. This is told from a German teenage girl's viewpoint. They are not Jewish, they do not like Hitler but they use to be proud of their country. The book poetically tells an almost unbelievable story with the 2 main themes are love and hope.

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  • C. Daniel
  • 07-11-20

A delightful story in the midst of the pain of WWI

A family ini the midst of WWII finds itself caring for a baby elephant when the zoo animals are shot to avoid the alternative - being bombed. The characters are excellent and the narration is very good.

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  • A. Zitelli
  • 10-01-20

Wonderful story I will not forget!

I surprisingly came across this looking for another true story about an elephant named Modock by Ralph Helfer. This is a delightful, sweet story about war but mostly the love of a family and decency they showed to someone who was the enemy. Everyone’s life became better as they traveled with this elephant. Glad I listened to this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

great book

loved it I recommend it to most people and read it all the way through

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  • A. Aubert
  • 28-06-18

Great story,, well performed.

Our grandkids loved it, as did we. Great for passing the time on a long car trip.

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  • Tecomarob
  • 13-04-18

Wonderful

If you are not German and have a biased view of the second world war this book will help right it....

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  • Susan W. Miller
  • 17-05-17

Sweet story

This is a sweet story. A story of faith, hope and love. Good young adult book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-16

Wonderful

Our audience was ages 10, 13, and 69!! And we all loved it !! Good history lesson on war without gore. Interesting perspective on everyday life during war time. And what a great storyline with Marlena.