An African Love Story

  • by Daphne Sheldrick
  • Narrated by Virginia McKenna
  • 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Anna Spencer

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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- Deborah "Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd