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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.

Lion 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.

©2016 Saroo Brierley (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Vikas Adam's clear diction and engaging Australian accent are easy to embrace right from the beginning.... The incredible true story of a lost child who travels from India to Australia is fascinating; assigning the elegant simplicity of good storytelling to Adam was a stroke of genius. His pacing is deliberate and calm, allowing listeners to absorb the story's details fully. There is no need to dress this story in a melodramatic voice - the story itself carries all the emotion we need. Rather, Adam steps back to give us space to feel it." (AudioFile)

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Simply Astonishing True Story

We saw the movie based on this memoir last weekend, and immediately I looked for the book here on Audible, because I didn't want the story to end. I don't think I will ever forget this miraculous story. Be aware that the book originally was titled A Long Way Home, but as far as I can tell this is the same exact recording, only with a few extra minutes of Epilogue added. The narrator reads a tad slowly, but is otherwise capable, and appropriately naturally speaks with an Aussie accent but does perfect Indian accents for Saroo's birth family and other Indian characters. WHAT AN AMAZING STORY--See the movie FIRST! I know that's the opposite of the usual recommendation, but in this case it makes the best sense. The movie pulls you strongly and immediately into the story, and the book more slowly and methodically lays out the details, including details that didn't make it into the screenplay for the film.

Grade: A

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Listen on higher speed

Story is okay. The reader is very slow but tolerable if you listen on 1.25x the normal speed. I just think this book could have been 2/3 the length with better writing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Story!

This story underlines the true definition of the human struggle. It also shines a light on the social ramifications of a political system catering to whims of those with, rather than those without.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely amazing! You wil love it.

What did you love best about Lion?

Saroo never gave up.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Saroo.

What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

His voice captured you and made you want to continue to the next chapter.

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

It was touching to read how a 5 year old grew up to become a grown man who had the courage to go back to where it all began.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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excellent listening

the narrator was one of the best I've heard so far, couldn't stop listening. captivating.

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Couldn't stop listening to this book!

Amazing story that draws you in from the first minute and keeps you wanting more. Tugs at your heartstrings.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Such an incredible story!

I've heard about Saroo's story like probably a lot of people when the movie Lion was out. But I thought it would be too heartbreaking to watch. So I searched for the book and I'm so glad that I did. This is such an incredible and inspiring story, I feel like doing something more to help others. Such a worthy reading, I truly recommend! The narrator was good, the only thing I didn't really care for was his interpretation of indian characters talking english with a very forced accent. But that was minor detail.

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Amazing as well as a complete MIRACLE!

After seeing the movie I had to listen to the book. The movie was wonderful but, the book provided a more detailed story. I'm forever changed after having come across such a wonderful story.

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wonderful story!

you won't be disappointed in this unbelievable story! his story is amazing and will make you reflect on your own life and the world.

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Excellent heart wrenching story...

and what makes it better is that it is TRUE! This little kid , lost and alone was a true survivor....and never forgot his roots. This story is amazing and engaging. EXCELLENT read!