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Lion

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,762 ratings)

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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.

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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.

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Read the Book

Would you listen to Lion again? Why?

While it was an amazing story and one of my new favorites, I would not listen to the audiobook again. This is because I did not care for the narrator. For some reason the narration just did not do it for me. See below...

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is about Saroo himself and he is very much realized within the pages of the book. It is hard to pick a favorite character because they were all so well brought out in the book that everyone brought something to the experience. I really appreciated the Brierley parents who took him in as I also believe adoption is something everyone should consider and something I plan to do in the future.

What three words best describe Vikas Adam’s performance?

Bad fake accents - this was my problem with the narration of the book. I loved the book, it was amazing. The narration though, for me, left something to be desired. The entire book is read in a bad Australian accent with moments of bad Indian accents that really took me out of the work. I found this same thing with "Life of Pi" and I ended up returning that book. I might return this one too, I haven't decided.

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

It made me both laugh and cry. I had seen the movie so I knew what to expect but I was still overwhelmed by some moments. It has a good balance of heart-touching moments that make you both laugh and cry.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend reading the book over the audio. I would also highly, highly recommend the movie.

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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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Listen even if you saw the movie

The narration brings you right into the story and won't let you go. I saw, and loved the movie, but did not find this redundant at all.

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Beautifully narrated

if it wasn't a true story, it would be unbelievable. Heart warming more than heart wrenching. But you'll hug your loved ones a little tighter.

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Interesting and encouraging

This book will teach you to never give up hope. It is a heartbreaking, but beautiful story. It’s interesting, but drags at times. Overall, I enjoyed it.

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Good story!

I really liked the story. The narrator was decent too. I read some complaints that people didn’t like the narrating but I thought it was done nicely.

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Great, Quick Listen

Very enjoyable listen. Story was interesting and kept me pushing through the book. The movie adaptation is actually fairly close, but this was even better.

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A Story of Heart and Home

I loved this book. I watched the movie afterwards, and although it is also good, the book is best. There are so many cases of how this boy and then man was led by the heart to keep going, searching, believing and was finally rewarded deeply by doing so. What an inspirational message and an education on the need for more people to adopt. I know much good will continue to come from not only his amazing story. In a day when most of us just rush about half way doing things, his example teaches the value of being thorough and paying attention to detail. Had he not be an observant child, this story could not have been written. Had he not been methodical in the search process, he would go through the rest of his life haunted. This one will stick with me. I hope his efforts are successful in helping other children throughout the world.

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