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An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants | [Daphne Sheldrick]

An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants

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.
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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

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    Deborah Australia 06-25-12
    Deborah Australia 06-25-12

    Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!

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    "A story of Africa, of human nature and Elephants"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An absolutely delightful listen. Well narrated and a terrific life story to learn from.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daphne of course as the central character - honest and insightful


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.'


    Any additional comments?

    Terrific narration. Great life story.

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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 04-01-12
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 04-01-12

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "African Love Story with a difference"
    Would you listen to An African Love Story again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. The story had me riveted from the beginning to the end and I like that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An African Love Story?

    The story of the little mongoose whom Daphne had saved as an orphan


    Have you listened to any of Virginia McKenna’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had it clued to my ear for hours but had to sleep sometime


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Emma
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    3/27/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DubaiReader
    Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
    12/20/14
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    "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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