A moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost hometown half a world away, he made global headlines.
Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man, the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for. Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.
©2013 Saroo Brierley (P)2016 Blackstone Audio
"A remarkable story.... [Brierley] provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty." (Saturday Age)
A great book and i felt the story through the narrators emotive voice, but his fake aussie accent really annoyed me! At some points it kind of sounded abit irish and british which threw me off. 23 million people living in australia, around half are men and you couldnt pick one to do the narration?
Fantastic and fascinating true story. Narration in an annoying half Australian accent. Recommended and an essential companion to the film
Unfortunately for the amazing story of his journey, I just can't get over what is trying to be an Australian accent. Surely there would have been an Australian actor who could have read this?
Saroo has taught me that as a mother in the westernised world we can often baby our kids too much and do not realise how clever and able our children really are
thank you for sharing your story
I loved this book. An inspiring story well told. Good narrator but definitely not an Australian to an Aussie ear and it would have improved the audio experience if a dinkey di Aussi actor was used.
I have a dream job and get paid to listen to Audiobooks 8 hrs a day through my Radio Earmuffs! The time flies and can't wait to go to work!
Naturally Saroo! It was his story...but his mothers moved me too.
His narration illustrates every scene and every emotion so well
Absolutely! Had to hold back the tears as I was at work on a Lamb production line!
I notice many negative review about a "bad Australian accent"....I would like to let any potential reader know that these claims are unfair and I was not bothered by Vikas' accent at all :)
Thank you for sharing your story with us Saroo :) <3
This book drags on a bit, and is mot particularly well written. The childlike language used to describe his childhood is appropriate but continues to describe his adult years which is a bit awkward.
Wonderful reading & great narration. Enjoyed this very much. Recently saw the film Lion & remember watching the 60 Minutes documentary on Saroo which always stayed with me & I found very moving.
This was a most moving story, so well told with insights and humility. I couldn't stop listening even if I had already seen the movie. The personal account, the details and the depths of emotion kept me spellbound. It is one miraculous story and outcome thanks to Saroo's patience and determination, but one can't help thinking of all these other lost or forgotten children who are left to face the harsh realities of India. Lion is a magnificent blend of two worlds, each enriched by the other.
The story is quite tragic, yet very inspiring. The language and flow of the storytelling is very simplistic and easy to follow. Not sure if I liked the accents in this as it was distracting for me.
Yes it is incredibly moving & a phenomenal story.
Saroo a remarkable little boy & now a remarkable adult.
I loved this story. I cried in the first 5 minutes & was moved to tears many times. When listening to the story of Saroo's early life in India then when he arrived in Kolkata I kept having to remind myself "He's only 5"!
Being an Australian I found the narration really quite difficult to listen to at times, particularly early on, I did get sort of used to it by about halfway. A Canadian trying to sound like an Australian born in India & this time not succeeding. I think it would have been great if you could have had the author narrate it.
"ave mother theresa"
theres such a feeling of joy and contentment that radiated from this memoir which was overshadowed in the movie by his brothers and adopted brothers voices, and the overwhelming visual spectacle of the unfortunate children of calcutta.
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