A Lion Called Christian

  • by Anthony Bourke, John Rendall
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube® and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion, Christian, after they had left him in Africa to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.
A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London’s King’s Road, where the charismatic and intelligent Christian quickly became a local celebrity. But the lion cub was growing up–fast–and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn’t large enough for him. A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers led to Christian being flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.

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From YouTube, now I listen their whole story

Their story so captivating, about remarkable bond between human and a lion. Shamelessly I shed tears while listening. John Lee is really good bringing the story alive. Now I venture other audiobooks narrated by him.
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- Yuefang "Mom of 3 and a book lover."

Heartwarming story about Christian the lion

Quick read on a true life story of two friends that buy a lion cub at Harrod's department store in the late 1960s. Their experiences raising the cub into adolescence and ultimately returning him to his natural habitat with the help of a well-known naturalist George Adamson is truly amazing.

The story sparked renewed interest after a video appeared on YouTube showing the two friends reuniting with the lion, Christian, in the African wild. It's a beautiful moment to witness. I found the story of how these two young men were able to form such a close bond with a lion inspiring. It gave me newfound respect and awareness for the welfare of these creatures in their natural and unnatural habitats.
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- Melina Garza "Life long student of life."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio