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Larger Than Life by [Picoult, Jodi]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 355 customer reviews

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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 355 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This one had me in tears. Who isn't a pushover for a an orphaned baby elephant?. Lovely contrasts here. Strength comes not only from the beauty of the animals but also from the character of Alice, a naturalist with a passion for elephants, who must go against all she knows to save an elephant calf. Sadness comes from the descriptions of a slaughtered herd and the tragedy of poaching. Tension comes in the form of not knowing whether or not the baby elephant, or Alice, will make it. The ending didn't go exactly how I hoped it might but I'm not telling you the how and why!. The setting of Botswana works well and the scenery is nicely set.

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.
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I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan, I can't wait for her next book, Leaving Time, and I was really excited when I read that there was Larger Than Life, a short story prequel to Leaving Time.

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.
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I never read one of Jodi Picoult' s books without being shocked, charmed, horrified, amused etc. And always do I come out the richer for having read them......

....this one is no different - I will carry some of her words with me always.
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This is my first book by this author, and I didn't know what to expect. I got a beautifully vivid read about a Harvard researcher whose life had been lacking in human relationships, and whose love of elephants took her into the African bush, where despite knowing better than to interfere with nature, she simply had to intervene and try to save an orphaned baby elephant...

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.
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Intriguing story which has believable characters and involves the reader from start to end. Also, and from a fellow writer's perspective, it is well written and professionally delivered.
Thanks for a great read.
A R Davey
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I really enjoyed Larger Than Life and actually felt sad when the story came to an end. It left me wanting to know more about Alice and what came next for her... Guess I shall just have to wait for Leaving Time later in the year x
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Larger Than Life is another one of Jodi Picoult’s Kindle Singles. This time it is based around a character her up and coming novel Leaving Time.

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.
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This novella is a taster for this author's new book, Leaving Time.
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.
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