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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable story.... [Brierley] provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty." ( Saturday Age)

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Great narration, annoying accent.

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?

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Fascinating True Story

Fantastic and fascinating true story. Narration in an annoying half Australian accent. Recommended and an essential companion to the film

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Amazing story, terrible accent

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?

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  • L
  • 13-03-2017

interesting

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.

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Amazing how resilient a childs mind can be<br />

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

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  • Sandra
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  • 09-02-2017

an amazing true 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.

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Wonderful

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.

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Amazing story but couldn’t get past the narrator

This is such an amazing story and I was so excited to hear it. However, as soon as I heard the narrator’s fake Australian accent I knew that I wouldn’t be able to finish it. Such a shame. Ended up reading the book and watching the movie instead.

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Awful accent ruins an already average book

The narrator was obviously chosen for his Hindi pronunciation skills (needed for a few words in the book) instead of for his ability to do an Australian accent (the entire book). There are plenty of men in Australia capable of doing both. Why they settled for this painful attempt at an Aussie accent is beyond me.

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Wonderful

An amazing story. His determination to find his family is inspiring. The insight to life as a poor kid in India was eye opening

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  • Helen
  • 23-03-2017

Remarkable story

Would you listen to Lion again? Why?

Yes it is incredibly moving & a phenomenal story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saroo a remarkable little boy & now a remarkable adult.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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"!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Carolyn Rutter
  • 01-03-2017

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.