We Bought a Zoo When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home a dilapidated zoo where than exotic animals would be their new neighbors his friends and colleagues thought he

  • Title: We Bought a Zoo
  • Author: Benjamin Mee
  • ISBN: 9781602861572
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home a dilapidated zoo where 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 much work to be done and noneWhen Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home a dilapidated zoo where 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 much work to be done and none of it easy for the novice zookeepers Tigers broke loose, money was tight, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions reached a boiling point Then tragedy struck Katherine, Ben s wife, had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his two young children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother But inspired by the memory of Katherine and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward, and today the zoo is a thriving success.

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    1. My work in the office is to be in front of the computer for almost the whole day. I’m an information technology-systems analyst guy assigned on North American projects so I rarely talk to anybody except during lunch time. Due to this, I can don a headset and listen to a radio station. 8 hours a day. Since early this January, my favorite afternoon station, RJ 100.30 has been airing the teaser for the movie adaptation of this memoir We Bought a Zoo with one line that goes something like: ”You [...]

    2. This is the story of one man's dream, and how he achieved it. But it is no fairy story, although there is a happy ending of sorts.Benjamin Mee is a journalist, with a talent for making what must have been a traumatic and nerve-racking experience sound both entertaining and poignant. This is his true account of how he bought a failing ramshackle zoo, with the aim of rescuing and re-opening it to the public. There are about two hundred animals now in his care, in the revamped Dartmoor Zoological P [...]

    3. Part of what I'm writing is a review of the book, and part of it is a review of the reviews of the book. First of all, a disclaimer: I am primarily, by personal choice, a fiction reader, but I do know that one must bring different reading skills and expectations to a non-fiction account than to a novel. This book is exactly what it says, the story of a young British family living in France (think of some of those House Hunters International episodes from HGTV). The father is a writer of DIY arti [...]

    4. Recently saw this family friendly movie and enjoyed it. If you have read Benjamin Mee's book WE BOUGHT A ZOO you may be disappointed at the "hollywood spin". Any similarity between the book and the movie basically ends with the title.In the book Mee's father died and HIS MOTHER bought the Dartmoor Zoo (located in the UK not California) using funds received from the sale of her home in Surrey. Mee's wife Katherine was alive at the time of the purchase and moved to the zoo with their two children [...]

    5. While I basically liked this book, I did have several problems with it. The author would (frequently) say something like "but more on that later" but then Mr. Mee never returned to the subject. This happened frequently towards the end of the book. I hated this aspect of the book. Another issue, I had problems with Mr. Mee going on about money complaints and dealings with back room boys and others. He was beating a dead horse with some of his story. It was like he was trying to think of what to w [...]

    6. It's written rather breathlessly and the photo gallery is completely unsatisfying (more shots of the house and zoo rather than their animal inhabitants would have been nice, not to mention more photos of the family) but the tale itself is pretty darn touching.

    7. After loving the movie so much, it is difficult for me to give this book 3 stars. I thought and hoped I would be able to proudly give it 5 shining stars. The book is not entirely bad. Benjamin Mee wrote as a journalist would -- the style was flowing, easy-to-read, a bit witty, and has a pretty good play of words. It was perhaps the focus of the book and the diversion from the movie (or rather, vice-versa -- the movie diverted from the book) that made it a little disappointing. I was expecting to [...]

    8. Apparently in England you can buy a zoo if you have a million pounds or soThe best parts were the references to Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, and the part where when they are testing the zoo restaurant before the zoo opens they drink most of the keg of Stella Artois before the zoo opensI felt slightly used when it became apparent that one of the author's motivations for buying the zoo was so that he could write a book about it.Overall the writing is average, but it was a quick e [...]

    9. An interesting story spoiled by a literal take, inadequate writing quality and a superficial treatment.Ok for a memoir maybe there is no requirement for flights of lyrical prose but I expect better from a professional writer.The superficiality bothered me - we get no real idea of the numbers involved and I'd like to have seen it treated as more of a business case study.The park itself, the background history and personality of the animals are never detailed except as involved in a couple of anec [...]

    10. Once the family bought the zoo, I enjoyed this book a great deal. However, it was very slow starting. The opening chapter deals with life in France, as the author's wife is diagnosed with a brain tumor. I'm sure it was very important to the author to include this, but it would have served the book better if it had been covered later in the book as a look back. It dragged the book down and made me reluctant to continue.I run a movie club and we are going to see the movie. I like to read the book [...]

    11. I did enjoy this book. To be specific, I enjoyed the storyline--a family in England buys a small rundown zoo and works to get it licensed and started up again in the midst of a family tragedy. Now that being said, this book was in serious need of a good editor with lots of red ink. At times it did not flow logically and suffered from a severe overuse of parentheses. Rarely was there a simple sentence containing one uninterrupted thought. And it was downright aggravating that the author would com [...]

    12. This was an excellent book and I enjoyed it much more than Gerald Durell's "My family and other animals". Would love to see the movie some time.

    13. Alright, so normally I don't pick up a book and read it all the way trough in one (or one and a little) sitting unless it's captivating and usually fiction. Yet, this non fiction book on one man's experience in buying a zoo I read from 1 am to 6 am and then the last 15% after I woke up at noon. Finished the whole thing before 1 pm. And I don't know why. Certainly I've been reading some crazy shit lately: John Dies at the End (fucked up fiction which is screwing with my sense of insanity), The Er [...]

    14. My four-sentence or less take on the plot: Benjamin Mee and his family decide an extremely run down zoo (so run down that the animals are going to be quickly euthanized if a buyer isn't found). The zoo provides an extreme amount of both enjoyment and difficulty. During this time, Mee runs in to personal tragedy when his beloved wife gets diagnosed with brain cancer. This book deals with a lot of the nitty gritty business details of the buying and opening of a zoo.Rating: 8What worked:I really li [...]

    15. ★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This was narrated by Gildart Jackson, who does a decent job of reading this memoir. However, he pretty much sounds like he is talking from a lectern, if somewhat informally. In his defense, this is in large part due to the way the author wrote the story.I can see why this book would make a good movie. Nevertheless, the book spends a lot of time on Mr. Mee’s troubles with wills, bank loans, finances, and his wife's illness and death, when - so [...]

    16. What a wonderful book! So many laugh out loud moments even in the midst of sadness and trial. I saw and enjoyed the movie, but the book really expands the story. However, without the movie I would never have known of the book so can't deride the movie for changing so much.He is an excellent writer, witty and observant. As a fan of Gerard Durrell (another writer with a zoo), I also really enjoyed his discussions of the different animals, habits that they have, bits and pieces of scientific inform [...]

    17. I'm so excited! I am receiving 'We Bought a Zoo' by Benjamin Mee, as a gift through Giveaways and Mandy. Today my husband and I just purchased the movie and I'm more than thrilled and cannot wait to receive, read and review the book. Thank you so much. I feel like a lottery winner!!I liked this book! There were laugh out loud moments and well-deserved triumphs. I read a previous review where it was stated that the reader felt that Mee was not very likable in the book. I thought ( and I haven't [...]

    18. Having picked this book up, on a whim, at a car boot sale, I read it in a morning. The style is easy to read and voice is particularly clear, I really got the impression that I was sitting having a chat with Benjamin Mee. The voice is very strong. He's a journalist and it's an easy read journalistic style which I enjoyed. Because it's written by him, it has an immediacy that some of the more obviously ghost written celebrity biographies lack. The book is funny enough to have me laughing out loud [...]

    19. About the Book: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 occasion [...]

    20. My own love of animals may have made this book more interesting to me than to the average person. The idea of owning a zoo seems like heaven, so I was happy to follow along as the author and his family traveled the very difficult and expensive road to zoo ownership. The book is not just about the zoo, however it's also about the author's wife, who develops (and dies from) brain cancer (that's not a spoiler, as her death is revealed on the book jacket). Her death was particularly sad because she [...]

    21. I have seen the ending of the movie several times and have laughed at some of the things said in the movie, so I was curious about the book. I borrowed the book in audio and Kindle format (listening while in the car, reading when sitting somewhere quiet, like a library). I enjoyed the book very much and noticed that while I thought (based on the bits of the movie I saw) that it was in the USA, not Great Britain, as the book shows. I thought the wife was deceased before they bought the zoo, but s [...]

    22. 3.5 stars. It was an amazing story, but Mr. Mee does love his run-on sentences. I'd have to go back fairly regularly and start the phrase over cause he'd lost me in what his point was. That aside, it was well written and compelling enough for me to finish.

    23. First of all, I have put down many a book with a British author. I find the British emotional restraint to be estranging; from characters, plots and from the book itself. If I don’t get caught up in a book, if I don’t relate to the characters and I don’t care about what is happening to them, what is happening next… why read it?This book’s genre is not mystery or suspense or even a well done romance novel (definitely not my favorites). This book does have plenty of people that you learn [...]

    24. very interesting book about animals and managing a zoo. weird to live in the zoo. Also a story of his life and his wife's death from brain cancer. Sad and well written.

    25. In “We Bought a Zoo”, Benjamin Mee tells the story of how his family came to buy the Dartmoor Zoological Park and the great lengths it took to revitalize the zoo and prepare it for opening day. After his father dies, his 76 year old mother needs to sell their old house and eventually the family decides to purchase a zoo with the money. Mee, who writes DIY magazine articles, along with his mother, wife and two children move in and immediately start working on renovating this zoo in hopes of i [...]

    26. 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 by Benjamin Mee is a look at a family that decides to buy a zoo and raise their family on that property, but also ends up dealing with the tragedy of the brain tumor and death of Mrs. Katherine Mee. The story is interesting, poignant and bittersweet. It focuses on the rundown zoo, an ecletic staff and a wide variety of animals, some of which were in detereoratin [...]

    27. I had a really hard time rating this book. Mostly, because I love animals and was afraid I'd be a bit biased. Here is why I only gave it four stars. First, Benjamin Mee is a DIY author for a magazine and that is how he basically writes the book-like a DIY article. He occasionally gets off track and wanders a page or two on a subject that, to be honest, bored me to death. Not to mention, that I sometimes felt he mentioned certain people as if he was trying to include as many "thank you, this woul [...]

    28. This is a fun and interesting read, though it has a sad story at the heart of it. Benjamin Mee and his family decide to buy a rundown zoo in England, but in the middle of the adventure, his wife dies after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor. (In the overly precious movie version of this book, the wife's death is what causes Benjamin to buy the zoo, in addition to other Hollywood script doctoring.)I like stories about fixer-uppers and when a group pulls together to accomplish a goal, which is wh [...]

    29. More than I really wanted to know about running a Zoo. Feeding, culling, moving, medicating The real nitty gritty. (Aside) The author, at one time, hides a big chunk of meat high in a tree branch in the lion's enclosure and it takes the lioness three days to figure out how to get it. (keeping her entertained)I'm a little ambivalent about Zoos, but they seem to have improved the habitat for the animals greatly since I was a child. I do remember two Zoos particularly from when our daughters were s [...]

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