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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Deb
  • 01-04-12

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-21

The incredible Dame Daphne

I so loved this. I too live in Africa and love to travel to the parks and see the wildlife. this was very special to me. the narration was superb, so emotionally moving at times, and quirky at other times. just superb all round.

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  • Lululune
  • 12-10-19

Magic... I fell in L♡VE with this book and everyone, human and animals, in it...

The most beautiful and touching story of L♡VE... Love of Africa and its wildlife, love between a woman and a man, love of elephants.

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 18-05-16

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
  • 25-06-12

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.'

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Terrific narration. Great life story.

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  • Emma
  • 13-04-13

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
  • 27-03-13

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-21

wonderful

Daphne's story is amazing and heart warming. I never wanted it to end. There are ups and downs in the wonderful book. The narrator puts her soul into this book and the interview with her is a brilliant touch at the end.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 15-07-20

A lovely story beautifully narrated

This is a lovely uplifting book and it is indeed an African love story, an endearing one about the life work of Daphne and David Sheldrick on the preservation of widlife in Kenya and the ever present menace of paching and human greed. It is also a story of love, beautifully narrated by Virginia McKenna. This is one of the not so common situations where the narration makes perfect justice to the book, conveying the emotions that one can perceive from Daphne Sheldrick's lovely writing.
Highly recommended.

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  • Alexis Lay
  • 13-02-20

Great knowledge shared in a wonderful way

especially entertaining and poignant for anyone with an African upbringing, but also a love of animals

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  • portra
  • 31-08-19

inspiring & emotional

one of the most beautiful, incredible true stories, I've heard. The pure tenacity if Daphne, David Bill and their family helping the wind animals in Kenya against poachers is inspiring, a legacy to Africa. I cannot recommend more highly this book.

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  • milly
  • 13-06-19

The best read ever! So heart warming

Absolutely beautiful. Read beautifully too. Very touching book I cried a few times and also very happy to learn such wonderful humans exist. Elephants are my favourite animals and rhino's. So I cannot wait to raise money for her amazing charity and visit the sanctuary x

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  • Valerie
  • 01-05-18

Wonderful book.

Written and read from the heart. True feeling of Africa and the wildlife. Didn't want it to ever finish.

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  • reeceyp123
  • 07-04-17

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
  • 19-03-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-19

I love this book

The author's passion for nature is amazing, the narrator captures Daphne's true spirit and love for elephants and all wildlife.

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  • Edna Marshall
  • 01-03-19

Moving Story.

What an amazing book. So full of Emotion.
I cried I laughed I learned - thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-18

Wonderful.

Absolutely loved this book. Beautifully narrated and the most fabulous story of Daphne Sheldricks passion for elephants, and all other animals.

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  • Sleep Tech
  • 07-06-17

Beautiful story

Wonderful in every way Excellent narrative Highly recommend Thank you for getting this story out there.

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  • Coral Arlidge
  • 18-03-17

An amazing Love Story

Listening to Virginia read was like being in a room with Daphne herself telling her life's story. Made me laugh out loud and sob uncontrollably. Beautiful tale of two extraordinary people and the wonderful contribution they have made to Africa's wildlife