• Modoc

  • The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
  • By: Ralph Helfer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most remarkable stories ever told, perfect for fans of The Zookeeper's Wife or Water for Elephants

Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again: through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. As the African Sun-Times put it, Modoc is "heartwarming...probably the greatest love story ever told". 

"Once I started this incomparable story, I couldn't put it down, and I cannot get it out of my mind - nor will I ever. The message of what can be accomplished by training through affection and joy will thrill all animal lovers." (Betty White)

©1998, 2009 Ralph Helfer (P)2019 HarperAudio

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A treasure

If you love elephants you will love this story. A true story and a treasure.

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Fiction -- Not True as claimed

Children's book. The more I read, the more I realized that there is no way this could possibly be a true story. Far too fantastical. About 2/3 of the way through I googled it and found others who thought the same. It was researched by one of Amazon's reviewers and sure enough it was all a lie.

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The Greatest Elephant!

I love this story. It's mystical and written with love and see. If any story deserved a movie, it's this one!

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What an adventure!

Truly astounding. Such love! A true new love and adoration for elephants. It is difficult to fathom one person (and elephant) could experience so much in their lifetime.

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My new favorite book!

I absolutely adore this book! It's a powerful, true story about love, loyalty, adventure, & survival. I love it so much, I'm going to find & buy the hardcover to keep always.

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Absolutely LOVE this story!

it really is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it probably 10 years ago and just listened to it again. I'll wait another 10 years, or maybe less, and listen to it all over again. it's that kind of story!

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Epic story

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Such connections to nature

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Modocooo

Enjoyable, be it, unbelievable. The presentation seemed tiring, dragging, breathy. Overall, certainly, worth a read or listen.

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Beautiful love story.

I loved this book! Two lives lived in love through tragedy and triumph. Beautifully written.

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best book ever!

Amazing narrator and such a wonderful story This tells of the true meaning of friendship and heartbreak

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  • 03-25-21

Heartwarming. Inspiring.

An inspiring true story of a man and his elephant. The things they endured are well articulated and draw in the reader to want to know more, whilst pulling on their empathy. What an inspirational story of love and hope.

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  • 03-18-21

Simply wonderful.

Full of love and emotion, I cried several times and wonder what on earth can follow this beautiful and engaging story.