Born Free, first published in 1960 (and immortalised in film by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers), tells the story of her relationship with Elsa, raising her from a young cub and later releasing her into the wild. Here is Adamson's inspiring saga for a new generation of listeners to discover.
© The Elsa Trust; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"Wonderful Story, Excellent Performance"
I have listened to the earlier abridgment of the original "Born Free", read by Virginia McKenna (who portrayed the author in the movie). Joanna David does an excellent job with this version of the book (which is essentially the whole trilogy in one book). Excellent and well done.
"Entertaining and enjoyable"
Yes it would a story that I would listen to again
Part of the Pride by Kevin Richardson
I like the tones and inferences that she uses it really feel like you are there living the story, that's not easy to do when you are just reading words on a page
When Elsa died I had a few tears it was sad
I had read the first born Free book which told Elsa's story when I was a child, and really enjoyed listening to this version which includes the sequel which describes how Joy and George helped Elsa to raise and care for her cubs. The story is a little too viciously abridged and it is obvious where some sections have been cut, however you still get the flavour of the train of events and Joy's vivid descriptions of the lions and their surroundings, as well as the opposition they faced in trying to release the cubs successfully back in to the wild. A good read if you always wanted to find out what happened to Elsa's cubs!
"Boring Account -too factual"
Even though it was a short audiobook it was a struggle to finish it on account of it being very boring. It improved with the second half. The most memorable bit was when the lioness actually died, but this was only half way through. The narration was too cold and bland for my liking. But it was a newsworthy story.
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