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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joy Adamson Narrator: Joanna David Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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Joy Adamson is world-famous as the woman who walked with lions. These are the books that brought the story of her work to a public whose imagination was captured by the discovery of this remarkable interaction between man and beast.

Born Free, first published in 1960 (and immortalised in film by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers), tells the story of her relationship with Elsa, raising her from a young cub and later releasing her into the wild. Here is Adamson's inspiring saga for a new generation of listeners to discover.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 2/17/2014

    " A fascinating read, but I found that Born Wild better described how the Adamsons managed to get so close to the animals, their special relationships and explained their methods in a more detailed way. I was also very surprised at how brief the death of Elsa was treated in the book. It would almost appear that Joy Adamson was hardly affected by this from reading the relevant chapters in the book which I find unbelievable and will put down to just being badly put into words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/17/2014

    " Summer reading between 7th and 8th grade in 1984. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 1/18/2014

    " I couldn't set this book down. It was so entertaining. I am planning on reading it again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/12/2014

    " Heart-warming autobiographical book about a European game warden and his wife, Joy Adamson, who adopt and raise a lioness cub in Kenya during the 1950s. The story is emotional, but the writing is matter-of-fact. The reader is provided with an intimate look into the activities of wildlife in that part of Africa, and the life of a game warden. By the end of the book, aided by the adorable descriptive writing and plenty of pictures, I was in love with Elsa. . . and in tears. The book is not world-changing, but it is somehow deeply affecting nonetheless. I want to on a Safari, now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/4/2014

    " We sang the song from the movie when I was in grade school. I think I might even have the LP soundtrack for this one! Overall, an interesting read. Basically, the story of an Englishman and his wife, who live in Africa and come upon three lion cubs, after he has to shoot the mother in self-defense. The book goes on to describe the life of the one cub, how it became a part of their family, and how they eventually let her go free in the wild. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/31/2013

    " Excellent story. Surprising really that anyone would raise lion cubs in their home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krin | 12/30/2013

    " I remember I saw the movie years ago, but I had never read the full story of Elsa and her human family Joy and George Adamson until now. I liked reading about Elsa's curiosity and how even as she gradually left the Adamson's care, she never lost the bond she had with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 12/27/2013

    " this story was so cute! they actually raised a 3 lion cubs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/7/2013

    " this was the first book I ever read...just got a copy for $.25 gonna see what I was thinkin some odd years ago "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/7/2013

    " The beautiful story of an orphaned lioness raised and released back into the wild. Definitely a classic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 12/6/2013

    " Initially cute and amusing but this book didn't grow on me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/4/2013

    " Not a great piece of literature, but I now have a lioness friend, Elsa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 12/4/2013

    " Born Free is okay but the movie is much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy"Intergalactic Bookworm" | 6/20/2013

    " I first read this book when I was in high school in the 1970's and fell in love with both the books (sequals are Living Free and Forever Free) and the movie. It is a touching story where sometimes humans have to interfere with nature and the consequences that it may bring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Siegel | 5/17/2013

    " Probably 50 years and the extraordinary story of Elsa is still with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chari | 4/17/2013

    " I read this when I was a teen! Waaaaay back when. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 8/23/2012

    " it was boring but filled with info "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 7/13/2012

    " It was awesome to read it again after so many years. Made me hug my cats even closer. I had to do a presentation on it at my library job and I enjoyed it thoroughly. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary and so is the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Novak | 6/13/2012

    " Loved this book of Elsa. Didn't want it to end! You feel part of Elsa's world, and shared in Joy and George Adamson's daily life of rearing her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel Reitzes | 5/29/2012

    " AWESOME AWESOME AND AMAZING!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 3/5/2012

    " This book is brilliant I have never read such a moving story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Foss | 12/28/2011

    " A beautiful book which I've enjoyed since early childhood. It has shaped my life in many ways. I would very much recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arne | 11/11/2011

    " I grew up in Thika, Kenya and reading this book left a lasting impression on me - it is one of the reasons I became a biologist. I can highly recommend it to anyone. Fascinating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kcroot | 9/18/2011

    " I think I'm going to begin actually using this very cool program. To begin, my favourite childhood book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 7/17/2011

    " Extremeley powerful! How two people can form a relationship with a lion is absolutley incredible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 5/24/2011

    " great read, and sad that the Adamsns both ended their lives in sad ways...they did so much to mske the world of Elsa real for the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/26/2011

    " Pretty amazing story enhanced by extraordinary pictures! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pushpa | 1/31/2011

    " A brilliant book read so many years ago, brought back to memory watching Virginia McKenna (played Joy Adamson in the film) interviewed on Breakfast TV today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kcroot | 1/18/2011

    " I think I'm going to begin actually using this very cool program. To begin, my favourite childhood book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 1/3/2011

    " This book is brilliant I have never read such a moving story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taryn | 9/22/2010

    " co-worker made me read this book.

    glad he did.
    amazing story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lakshmi | 2/27/2010

    " book that brought me to tears *sniff * makes me feel of having a lion of my own :P i lub u kitty wherever u are (most probably enjoying heaven) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joella | 2/20/2010

    " Seeing as how I am an animal lover, I found this book very interesting. It made me want to go to Africa and raise a lion cub. It was fascinating to read about Elsa's journey to freedom and the hilarity that ensued on the way. It was also written very well; it was very descriptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 1/17/2010

    " It was awesome to read it again after so many years. Made me hug my cats even closer. I had to do a presentation on it at my library job and I enjoyed it thoroughly. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary and so is the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 8/28/2009

    " this story was so cute! they actually raised a 3 lion cubs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 7/19/2009

    " OMG i really liked this book(well cause it had pictures in it)
    i read it at shcoll but kinda like missed the middle of it but it had a great ending (but it can be boring) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gill | 7/5/2009

    " Eloquent writing, now a classic. Transports you to a world gone by in Africa, and brings to life the surreal bond that can develop between man and animal. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 6/28/2009

    " it was boring but filled with info "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/2/2009

    " love this story, the movie and the song "

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