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A Long Way Home | [Saroo Brierley]

A Long Way Home

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
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Publisher's Summary

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, 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.

©2014 Saroo Brierley (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jan 06-22-14
    Jan 06-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"

    "A long way home" is the straightforward telling of Saroo's experiences as a 5 year old stranded on a moving train, being lost in Calcutta and eventually being adopted and taken to Tasmania by new parents. As an adult using childhood memories and Google Earth he eventually figures out where in India his childhood home was located. The actual events as they happened are amazing, however... the writing style and reading of the book are average at best and at times irritating. I should probably have ranked it a 3, but I simply enjoyed the story...
    This would make a great family movie and has been briefly depicted in a 28 minute video available on Youtube and produced by "60 Minutes." I watched this after reading the book and enjoyed seeing Saroo, his family and the locations where the book took place.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 09-06-14
    Kate 09-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed the Journey"
    Would you listen to A Long Way Home again? Why?

    Great story. I learned about India, about adoption, bonds of love between mother and son. I continued to think about these people for weeks after I had finished the book.


    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 09-22-14
    Emily 09-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, but repetitive."
    Would you try another book from Saroo Brierley and/or Vikas Adam?

    I believe this story is a unique memoir and therefore interesting. It is not however, incredibly well written and therefore I don't think I would read another book from Saroo Brierley and/or Vikas Adam.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uniqueness of this story is what I liked best. We can all learn from memoirs and make text to self connections. I also enjoyed the happiness of this story.


    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 12-27-14
    Judy 12-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Nicely done!"

    This book is a wonderful story, easy to follow, interesting and heart breaking. It was easy to bond with the character and to feel his pain and yet admire his determination. I didn't want to finish it and immediately started to look for other similar books. Well worth one's time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PJC 02-14-15
    PJC 02-14-15 Member Since 2012

    Yep, It's me!

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    "Amazing Story"

    Saroo's story is amazing from start to finish. Even after listening to it I still have a hard time accepting the fact that a little 5 year old boy went on this journey and survived. Although it was obvious how the book was going to turn out with him finding his hometown, I am pleased to say that his story delivers even a little bit more. It really moved me when he wrote that his mother stayed in the same general area for her entire life with the hopes that he would one day return and have an easy way of finding her because of it. Moreover, as a man who strongly believes in family, I have much respect for Saroo, as he has seen to it that his mother is provided for and his family as well. I don't want to give away too much, but what transpires with both his families after he has found his home in India is very heartwarming. Excellent narration. The book itself was well written. I wish the author long life and happiness and I am grateful that I have been able to share in this incredible story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Eugene, OR, United States 01-25-15
    Barbara Eugene, OR, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful read - loved the audiobook."

    I loved this book. Saroo not only has a fascinating and uplifting story to tell, but also is a great storyteller from start to finish. The narrator did a wonderful job of conveying the nuances of Saroo's emotional journey. I highly recommend this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MarilynAES 01-23-15
    MarilynAES 01-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "An incredible story!"

    Wow, what a life journey this young man Saroo had! I couldn't stop until I was done. We'll worth the read!





    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 01-02-15
    Colleen 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!!"

    I loved this story and the narration! It was a story that drew me in and touched my heart for sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Milana Leshinsky York , PA USA 07-16-14
    Milana Leshinsky York , PA USA 07-16-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Unexpected and magnetizing story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt l could relate because I have always wanted to go back home to where I was born, in another country. It's like the author took me on a journey of going back home and feeling that moment of being transported into my childhood.


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

    Really great build-up to the most important moments - finding home, meeting his mother, chocked up several times.


    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    pg United States 02-02-15
    pg United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A sad beginning with a happy ending."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I liked Saroo's practicality, acceptance of his adoptive parents as his "real" parents and the adoptive parents understanding of how to make Saroo a regular kid, not an oddity in a white world.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has increased my understanding of the desperate lives of the majority of Indian citizens.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The author's matter-of-fact presentation of what could have easily become overwrought melodrama made his story that much more amazing.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I didn't find anything wrong. He did such a good job that I checked several times to make sure it wasn't the author narrating his own story.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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