The Penguin Lessons Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell, read by Bill Nighy.
'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time.'
Tom Michell is in his roaring 20's: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin. <\p>
Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidant, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other....
The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 2 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 November 2015|
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 66,952 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
14 in Biographies of Educators (Audible Books & Originals)
93 in Biographies of Educators (Books)
8,236 in Memoirs (Books)
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Set in South America, a young English man sets out to find adventure. Well, adventure finds him - in the form of a very sad and oil encrusted penguin. The story of the recovery of the penguin and the development of an extraordinary bond between the author and the penguin is delightful. Furthermore, the story of how the penguin captivates an entire school and the village around it is not only extraordinary but quite moving. There is serious sadness along with hilarious events.
The penguin and a young man coming of age make for a great and highly recommended read.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is delightful and something that bit different. It really is heartwarming and touching.
It is amazing the power of animals, especially in this day and age where kindness and understanding is often in short supply. Dumb animals are not so dumb, you just have to take the time to 'listen' to them and take them to your heart.
A brilliant book!
The Penguin Lessons is definitely one of those cases where the truth is stranger than fiction as Tom Michell invites readers to go on a journey with him to the South America of his youth, back in the 1970s. The story of himself and Juan Salvador is absolutely beautifully and charmingly written with the characters of both man and penguin, as well as the other people who populate the narrative, just jumping off the page. I loved the way that Mr Michell interpreted looks from Juan Salvador and wrote conversational exchanges between the penguin and his human friends. I came away from the book feeling like I’d actually known – and loved – this penguin myself.
As well as telling the story of Juan Salvador, the author also paints beautiful pictures of the scenery, wildlife, and daily life in Argentina and other areas of South America at that time. It presents a unique snapshot of a unique time and place. And using his artistic skills, he also leaves readers with an illustration of his penguin friend at the end of every chapter, complete with a caption relevant to the incidents recounted.
I can highly recommend this tender, charming, and heartfelt little book. I came away with my heart feeling warmed. Juan Salvador is still touching people’s lives all these years later.
This book was really sweet in places, but I did occasionally feel my attention drifting. Tom had much the same views and concerns about modern civilisation as me and Juan Salvador was adorable and I applaud anyone who helps an animal in need. I also agree that the penguin had a better life at the school than he probably would have had in a zoo, however, I couldn't help but feel as if more could have been done to put him back in the wild. I'm no expert and I've obviously never been in that position, but it just seemed he jumped to conclusions rather quickly without proper info - and before someone points it out, they didn't have Google then, I know, but there were other ways of researching things!
All in all like I said, this was a sweet book and I love true stories, but there were parts of it that were very slow going...