- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1766 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KBVV8O0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 355 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Larger Than Life Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Very quick and easy read. Of course I'd have been happier if Jodi Picoult had given herself a little more space, a longer story, to develop some of her themes further, it ended too quickly, but I'm not complaining too much. Great free download.
In Larger Than Life we follow naturalist, Alice Metcalf, (although not the main character in Leaving Time, she is a key one) as she works in Botswana, where she comes across an elephant calf that has survived the massacre of her herd by poachers. Alice’s decision on what to do with the calf could jeopardise her whole career.
The story feels incredibly well researched and I learnt a lot about elephants, even in this short story. It feels like a Picoult book and she sticks to her fantastic style of writing, as well as making the story thought provoking and funny with amazing characters. I can’t wait for Leaving Time to be released and I was really pleased to see that my Kindle download of Larger Than Life also included the first chapter of Leaving Time.
....this one is no different - I will carry some of her words with me always.
The book started off incredibly sad with the descriptions of what had been done to the slaughtered herd, but there was light in the form of a calf that had survived. There were laughs, there were tender moments, moments where my heart clenched with sadness, but I hadn't foreseen the ending.
They say that as one great thing ends, another begins and this was true in this tale. It didn't end how I'd wanted it to, which admittedly would have been too Disney, but it did end with another glimpse of light, and with the researcher's life going in a previously unknown direction, and it left me with a warm feeling, despite my sadness.
It's a great short read.
Thanks for a great read.
A R Davey
It’s probably the best of her kindle singles which I have read (I have also read The Color War, and Where There’s Smoke). I think it stands quite well as it’s own story, and fits ok as a short story. I still wanted more (as I tend to with short stories) but it was good whilst it lasted, and I didn’t really feel like there needed to be more.
It was a cute little story. The main focus was the baby elephant, and that was really all it needed, it was sweet to imagine and I enjoyed Alice’s interactions and thoughts around the elephant.
There was also a romance element, which I had anticipated early on, and which was nice, but maybe unneeded.
Alice an elephant researcher living on a reserve in Botswana finds herself the sole protector of a calf, and risking everything to protect this baby animal.
A short and sweet story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an avid reader of Jodi Picoult and this book was different to the stuff she normally writes. Saying that I did enjoy reading this and learnt a bit about elephants in the mix! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shay
Read this as have enjoyed all jodi picoult books so far. Was a bit disappointed with this onePublished 4 months ago by Linda
Very enjoyable book with a twist at the end which I didn't see coming. I love elephants too which made it special for mePublished 5 months ago by Joyce Sharp