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Giraffe (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Giraffe - Audio CD - Unabridged
Author: J. M. Ledgard, Jamie Heinlein (Narrator), Pablo Schreiber (Narrator)
A great and uncanny novel with the dreamlike quality of a fable but based, incredibly, on a true story: that of the life and mysterious death of the world's largest herd of giraffes in captivity, in a zoo outside a small Czech town sunk in the communist stupor in 1975. — Unabridged: 6 Compact Discs, Running Time: 8 hours, Narrators: Jami...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143059042
ISBN-10: 0143059041
Publication Date: 8/17/2006
Pages: 1
Edition: Unabridged
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover
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This was a tough book to finish; not because it lacked beauty, or purpose, or simplicity. In truth, it was difficult for me to finish this book because of the ending. Once I saw where it was headed, the little kid in me wanted to set aside the book while both giraffes and humans continued on in somewhat blissful communist 1975 Czechoslovakia. Yet I didnt. The story was too compelling.

All the descriptive language was made up of elegant, simple lines. From the portrait in words of the giraffes to the description of work in a Czechoslovakian Christmas ornament factory, there was beauty throughout this book. I especially enjoyed Amina, a young woman orphaned when her parents died in a vehicle accident, she lives alone and is a sleep-walker, traipsing about at night through snow and rain, often waking up with grass stains on feet and clothes. If you feel up to a beautiful tragedy, then this could be a good read for you.