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Born Free

The Complete Story
Narrated by: Joanna David
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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Joy Adamson is world-famous as the woman who walked with lions. These are the books that brought the story of her work to a public whose imagination was captured by the discovery of this remarkable interaction between man and beast.

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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Great story, as enjoyable as the movie.

If you enjoyed the movie Born Free then you will surely enjoy this audio book. Very well narrated and you find your immersed in the African wilderness as you listen along to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2019

Beware: Abridged!!

This is an amazing story and an incredible book. And while this audio version is certainly well-read, it should say somewhere that this version is abridged! I was looking through my physical copy at the pictures and noticed portions of text that I had definitely not heard while listening. To make sure, I read the text and listened at the same time, and the reader skipped paragraphs and in some places whole portions. Very disappointed.

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  • sandy besso
  • 21-08-2017

Loved it!!

This book filled me with wonder! If you love animals you will love this story.

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  • Jonathan Hoyle
  • 25-04-2014

Wonderful Story, Excellent Performance

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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.

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  • Alana
  • 27-06-2012

Entertaining and enjoyable

Would you listen to Born Free again? Why?

Yes it would a story that I would listen to again

What other book might you compare Born Free to and why?

Part of the Pride by Kevin Richardson

What does Joanna David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Elsa died I had a few tears it was sad

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  • Jennifer
  • 24-08-2018

Very well written & read!

I loved it. it was focused on the struggle of an orphan lioness and her children, the struggle that it took to survive for them.

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  • Lori
  • 05-03-2018

magnificent story!

Any animal lover will enjoy this story especially if passionately interested in Africa"s fascinating wildlife!

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  • Kate
  • 13-04-2008

Born Free

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!

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  • Ms. V. R. K. Houghton
  • 25-09-2019

great story

Such a historic and in many places heart warming story. The understanding of such an amazing animal they gained was the start of modern conservation

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  • incense-burning_girl
  • 11-04-2015

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.