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.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A must read. The book answered the questions my husband and I had after watching the movie. Thank you Saroo for taking your journey and including all of us with you.
Loved the story plus narration, and going to see the movie this weekend. A frightening journey for this five-year-old Indian boy, but at the same time, highlights his determination and perseverance to finally meet his biological family.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
An amazing tale of a five year old boy . . . lost in a country that to most of us is very strange, cruel and sad . . . having said that, a place also where family is valued above almost all else . . . sacrifices are made there that most people cannot even fathom . . . children caring for children . . . a poverty so far reaching, corruption wide spread that it seems hopeless . . . but Saroo, in a miraculous feat, that can only be a "God thing" lost in Calcutta, India, adopted by parents in Australia and eventually reunited with his birth mother and siblings back in India . . . his years growing up in Australia gave him what a life in his home country of India never could, an education, a stable home life, and a sense of worth . . . I enjoyed this story, which many will say is filled with "coincidences" . . . I fully believe they came from the hand of a merciful God with a specific purpose for Saroo and his Australian and Indian families . . . laid out in perfect detail with truly impeccable timing . . . I pray that Saroo and his loved ones come to know the architect of the plan as He continues to bless them . . . great story . . .
i love love love listening! thank you Audible for making it possible - to have the stories come to life!
This book is a MUST LISTEN! The story in itself is simply unbelievable...a young child gets lost on a train in India and it's about how the turn of events takes his life across India and onwards. The story is written and narrated beautifully, the voice of the narrator is perfect. I would highly recommend this story because it's true and speaks of the strength, endurance and will of a young 4 year old child as he gets lost, realizes it and then pushes past obstacles through instinct and saves his life many times. This book has reminded me about how instinct and will is present in all of us from a young age and sometimes we ignore it as adults. Saroo Brierley - I m so glad you shared your story - it's left a deep impact on my life and has encouraged me to look into reaching out to organizations in India who work with children.
For me the most memorable moment is when Saroo is clicking on google earth and discovers the water tank, then follows a few more landmarks of his memory. Also, the moment when he walks the streets of his childhood and then finds himself in front of his front door and when he comes face to face with his mother.
I absolutely loved this narrator. I actually thought it was the author Saroo himself who narrated the book because of the care and attention to the way it was narrated. The narrator takes you right to each piece of the puzzle as Saroo shares his childhood experiences, goes to the train station and boards a train which takes him away from his home for a long time. Vikas Adam has eloquently narrated the story with emotion and tone. This is a must listen!
Yes, this book made me cry. The sheer thought of a child being alone, lost and helpless in this way at such a young age was much to bear. It made me think to stop and be aware of my surroundings at all times just in case I've passed by a child who may need help. Everybody should read this book to remind ourselves that we are all human and need to behave like human beings towards each other. Saroo Brierley - thank you for sharing your story.
Saroo Brierley your story has left a deep impact. Thank you for sharing this extremely life story of yours which at times was happy, at times was sad but overall I think has had a wonderful journey to share. It has taught me so much about human life and about how we need to reach out.
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!
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