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We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever
     

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever

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by Benjamin Mee
 

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When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home—a dilapidated zoo where more than 200 exotic animals would be their new neighbors—his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. Mee’s dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. The grand reopening was scheduled for spring, but there was

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We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
xomehbabyxo More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen the movie, but I think the book is pretty good. I see that other reviewers say it was confusing, or that the movie made it more understandable--if that's a word--but I think the book is only confusing if you don't know what it's talking about. I understood a lot of it, and I was pretty moved by it, but that may be just because I'm an animal lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Benjamin Mee’s bestselling memoir, he uproots his family and moves to England when his brothers join him in his dream business venture that involves buying and restoring a run-down zoo. Benjamin’s inexperience and the death of his wife take a heavy toll on the project, but he keeps moving forward. As he and his crew work on the restoration, bonds are formed, animals escape, and chaos ensues. In the end, the hard work and motivation payed off, and now the Dartmoor Zoological Park is incredibly successful. From the start of We Bought A Zoo, it becomes obvious that this is not just a book of animal stories. It is a book of dreams and struggles, family and friends, and learning how to move forward after a tragedy. The themes in this book are quite cliche, but presented in a way that’s hardly cheesy. Follow your dreams, don’t give up when the going gets tough, take something bad and make something good come from it, and work hard for what you want are some of the most prevalent ones. My favorite segments of the book were the ones that involved the animals. The stories about them are heartwarming and usually laugh-out-loud funny or even jaw-dropping. I also love the behind the scenes look at how a zoo is run. The stories of Katherine’s cancer and struggles with it add so much emotion to the story. I never thought I could laugh, cry, and be shocked all within the course of reading two pages, but I was on more than one occasion while reading We Bought A Zoo. I would have enjoyed even more animal stories, but there were enough to keep me satisfied. The only major complaint I have is this: I disliked how much time was spent discussing the actual buying process and finances involved with obtaining the zoo. I was looking forward to animals and adventure, but before that, I got a huge dose of money issues and bank terms I don’t even know about yet. However, I still loved the book. Definitely read this book if you like going to the zoo. It gives a pretty good depiction about what’s going on behind the scenes and what happens when animals need veterinary care. This is also a great book for animal lovers, as these are some of the most entertaining animal stories I’ve ever read. This would not be a great book for children, as it has some swearing and would probably be hard for them to follow. For everyone else, I would definitely recommend it, even if you’re not that into animals or the zoo. It is filled with human emotion and strong family bonds. If you are an animal lover, I would also highly recommend the works of James Herriot, the country veterinarian. Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story brings a warmhearting sense to all readers. When i read it it made me cry of how this zoo was. It was a sad book and if i was tht person i would try my hardest to bring it back up. This story touched my heart and warmed it. All readers should get a nook and read this wonderful coragous determanation themed book. In others words this book was fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of days. I found it to be a good summer read. The subject matter is right up my ally. I enjoyed it and am looking at renting the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw the movie, and then read the book. The movie was a very different story from the book. I recommend the book though. It was a bit slow in parts but a good family story. Fairly quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's so great at the begining... Other than that, its terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie first. This book is better than the movie! If you love animals, and people overcoming adversity, then you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the movie and it tots rocks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story is very interesting, I didn't like some of the views he had on animals. Also, was turned off by the profanity. While I realize this is just a part of who he is and his story, I really didn't enjoy those parts of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best movie ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LIVE IN THE MO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its the best book i have ever read and thats why i want you to read this book and thats why i would rate thus book a 5 star it is that good trust me
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Wish I would have read book before seeing movie.
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Ths was an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a loving family who lost there mother. It has many different twist in the story and changes settings alot! To me this book title does not really relate to the book but diffenetly does to the movie! I deffimenetly recommened checking this book out and of course watch the movie!
Chapter1-Take1 More than 1 year ago
Knowing it was the basis for what looked like a romantic comedy starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, I really wanted to LOVE this book. It was not at all what I expected and I tried to enjoy it for its own merits. If you've seen the movie, believe me, this is nothing like the film. BUT if you are an animal lover and find topics like extracting a tooth from a bear or how to get a decrepit animal park in shape for the inspectors, then this book may be for you. It was occasionally funny and heartwarming but Mee's tendency to go on an on about the beaurocratic process really diluted the pleasure of the good bits! What's sad is that there is a very central human element that should be at the heart of this 'memoir' which has to do with Mee's ill wife. Unfortunately, Mee had no idea how to deal with this in real life, and even less on paper. The emotional ground was never mined. I really have no idea how a producer read this, saw the heart at the core and decided IF they changed this and that, it would make a really lovely movie. Which it did! It has made just shy of $94 million worldwide and is still playing in theatres near you so I suggest you see it.
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Wow dont give the book away to every one we just want to no if its good......ps it is so is the movie the movie was heart felt when the tigervdied i lmost crued
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