• An African Love Story

  • Love, Life and Elephants
  • By: Daphne Sheldrick
  • Narrated by: Virginia McKenna
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-29-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (12 ratings)

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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna Spencer on 05-18-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Deborah on 06-25-12

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.'

Any additional comments?

Terrific narration. Great life story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 04-13-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Lindsey on 03-27-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-10-18


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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sleep Tech on 06-07-17

Beautiful story

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

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