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An African Love Story Audiobook

An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants

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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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    Emma BELFAST, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Emma BELFAST, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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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.

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    Lindsey 27/03/2013
    Lindsey 27/03/2013 Member Since 2012

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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.

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    reeceyp123 07/04/2017
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    "Passionate story of deep love for man and animals"

    Really enjoyed this biography from a bygone era starting in colonial times all the way to the present day.

    the authors love and passion for her family whether its her husband and human family to her live and compassion for her animal family.

    what a worthwhile life!!

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    Amazon Customer 19/03/2017
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    "Learning to listen to Elephants through compassionate men and woman."

    This books charm is definitely the reader, who captivated for me, the real life emotions of this life story. It was hard to put it down as each chapter left me in suspense to listen to yet another chapter, well into the night on some occasions. My sincere thanks to Daphne for her courage, following her second husbands death, and to Joy who made Daphine's life come alive for me.

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    Angela Findlay UK 03/02/2017
    Angela Findlay UK 03/02/2017

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    "Fantastic audio book"

    This book was gifted to me upon leaving my job, and beforehand I made a request to my work colleagues to donate any money that was collected as a present for me leaving to the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust. They sponsored "Jotto" the elephant in my name and purchased this book.
    I really wanted to read it but could not find the time, therefore I paid for the audio book which was beautifully narrated with dignity and passion. I do not believe anyone else could have read it better than Virginia.
    I found this book incredibly interesting and didn't want it to end! it made me laugh and cry so many times. As a person who knows how intelligent and cheeky animals are, it really hit a raw nerve in regard to the human disregard for animals.
    Daphne has had such a wonderful life and a really tough one at the same time, she is right when she says that you never get used to the death of an animal/friend and she has had more than her fair share.
    This is a fantastic book, the beauty of it is when you own the actual book too you can see the photos of the animals and people that are mentioned in the book, its great! I would highly recommend this audio book and I would also urge you to buy the actual book too!

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    S.A.M 28/02/2016
    S.A.M 28/02/2016

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    "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.

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    Jonathan 10/09/2015
    Jonathan 10/09/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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    shan 08/07/2015
    shan 08/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "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!

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    Rej 22/04/2015
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    gentle lovely story of a life with animals, in happy and sad times.
    well recommended

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    Katherine 12/03/2015
    Katherine 12/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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  • Anna Spencer
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    18/05/16
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    "A magical tale of Africa."

    This enchanting tale of the love between humans and animals, as well as the deep love between Daphne and her husband David is spellbinding.

    It is exquisitely read by Virginia McKenna, who makes the reader feel that it is she who is living the experiences of Daphne Sheldrick. She even convincingly conveys Daphne's emotions.

    This book and the reading are brilliant! Anyone who loves animals, especially wild animals, will find it a real treat!

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  • Deborah
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    25/06/12
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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
    01/04/12
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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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