Not many families would do what Benjamin Mee's did when they made the decision to purchase a run-down zoo in southwestern England, even though neither he, his siblings, nor his mother had any experience in running a zoo. This is a story of two parts: Gildart Jackson provides a convincing narration of the British Mee. Jackson’s tone is droll and full of wonder as he recounts the funny anecdotes of learning to manage the details of running a zoo, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Jackson’s voice becomes subdued when the story turns to Mee's wife, Katherine's, brain cancer and her subsequent death during the course of purchasing and setting up the zoo. Jackson does a fine job of portraying Mee and his children's struggle to come to terms with the loss of Katherine while adjusting to their new surroundings. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2011]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781441789334 $29.95 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781441789341 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2011
CS ISBN 9781441789310 $54.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 9781441789327 $76.00 Seven CDs
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