The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of An African Love Story, Daphne Sheldrick's touching memoir about romance, life and elephants from Africa's greatest living conservationist. Read by Virginia McKenna, the star of Born Free and the Founder Trustee of the Born Free Foundation. An African Love Story is the incredible memoir of the life of Africa's greatest living conservationist. It tells two stories.
The first is the Tsavo years, and the extraordinary love story which blossomed when the young Daphne, moved to Tsavo with her first husband and fell head over heels with both the park and its famous warden, David Sheldrick. The second is the love story of how Daphne and David, who devoted their lives to saving elephant orphans, at first losing every infant under the age of two until Daphne at last managed to devise the first-ever milk formula which would keep them alive.
This recording contains a bonus track featuring an interview with Virginia McKenna in which she talks about her own conservation work and her friendship with Daphne Sheldrick.
©2012 Daphne Sheldrick (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!
An absolutely delightful listen. Well narrated and a terrific life story to learn from.
Daphne of course as the central character - honest and insightful
The epilogue of the attack of the elephant which Daphne mistook as Eleanor, kept me intrigued throughout to discover what became of her and how this came to be after a lifetime associated with the elephants.
I both laughed and cried throughout. The experience of wildlife was both cruel and kind, savage and civilised. I recognized the universal law of balance operating throughout the book, both from the perspective of Daphne's personal life, and that of the wild animals she cared for, especially the elephants. Her love for the elephants best expressed in her quote: 'a hundred miles for an elephant is just like a stroll.'
Terrific narration. Great life story.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
Yes I would listen to it again. The story had me riveted from the beginning to the end and I like that.
The story of the little mongoose whom Daphne had saved as an orphan
I had it clued to my ear for hours but had to sleep sometime
Virginia McKennas diction was marvellous and I enjoyed listening to her and would get other books performed by her because of the way she brought the story alive for me.
"Lovely uplifting book"
This is a lovely book with a real feel-good story. When listening I felt I was really able to visualise being in Kenya amongst the many animals described in the book. Even if you are not an animal lover I think you would enjoy this book. The relationships described both amongst the animals and between the animals and the humans are heart warming. Perhaps at times the descriptions were a little lengthy but generally I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
"Beautifully narrated tale of an interesting life"
Cannot recommend this highly enough. Having at first thought I might find it too distressing, I soon found that the style of writing, and narration, manage to tell the story of this lady's extraordinary life and works with compassion but without undue sentimentality. You go through sadness, relief, anger and wonder and admittedly the occasional tear, but ultimately it is an uplifting story in many ways and well worth a listen.
"Oh What a beautiful book"
I never wanted it to end. Daphne Sheldrick has such a full life of many emotional contrasts. The world needs people like her and her wonderful late husband David Sheldrick. Also the narrator is so important and Virginia McKenna reads this quite beautifully. However I had to buy a hard copy as well so that I could easily refer to earlier chapters.
What a priviledge to live among elephants. But oh so heart breaking! Man's greed and destruction of so many species, not just elephants, for their own gain is very painful to hear about.
Everyone should read this book. It should be read in schools and shouted from the chimney tops. We all need to know what it happening.
"Astounding Testimony of Courage"
This book is such a blessed testimony and reminder of what life in Africa carries for those who had the privilege of living there. It causes the hearer to float away in the imagery of the wild bushveld, the diverse flora and fauna, and share in the incredible life of the animals which Daphne came into contact with on a daily basis.
The life, loss, love and courage of the elephants really inspires the hearer to see life in a new light. There is so much we can still learn from these beautiful creatures...should we be humble enough to admit it.
"A Beautiful story"
This will inspire future generation to assist the wild life to be free. An understanding of elephants habits and sensitivity will assist the reader to embrace their love of elephants. Have hankies to the ready!
gentle lovely story of a life with animals, in happy and sad times.
"beautiful and inspirational story"
I loved this story - her strength and determination to help the plight of the elephants is truly extraordinary! Thank you for helping the world know how special these amazing animals are and how important it is to protect them and conserve their habitat.
"A woman with a profound love for animals."
In rating this book I have tried to remove the negative effect of the awful narration of my audiobook. 14hrs 45mins of Virginia McKenna's incorrect emphases and overly sickly reading was a test of endurance, but the true characters were the animals and they were impossible not to love.
Daphne Sheldrick has spent her whole life in Kenya, raised to love and respect the wildlife around her. She came from an era where hunting was the norm, but gradually it became apparent that the wildlife was not being replaced at the rate that it was being exterminated, and she subsequently devoted her life to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned animals.
This is also a love story, not between Daphne and her first husband, but with her second husband, David Sheldrick, warden of the Tsavro Game Park, who she subsequently lost to a heart attack at the age of 57. He was a great supporter of the animals and devoted his life to fighting both poaching and mass culling. In his name the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was set up to continue the work he started.
However, it was the animals that really stole the limelight. Rhinos and elephants, antelopes and giraffes all raised together as the best of friends, and the amazing telepathy between them. How Daphne managed to struggle on whenever one of her orphans died for whatever reason, I will never know, I had tears running down my face as I listened.
My feeling is that I wished I'd read this book rather than listening to it. I also suspect that there may have been photographs in the book version, and I would love to have seen these.
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