• by Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose
  • Narrated by Vikas Adam
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
Lion is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator Vikas Adam's clear diction and engaging Australian accent are easy to embrace right from the beginning.... The incredible true story of a lost child who travels from India to Australia is fascinating; assigning the elegant simplicity of good storytelling to Adam was a stroke of genius. His pacing is deliberate and calm, allowing listeners to absorb the story's details fully. There is no need to dress this story in a melodramatic voice - the story itself carries all the emotion we need. Rather, Adam steps back to give us space to feel it." (AudioFile)


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Simply Astonishing True Story

We saw the movie based on this memoir last weekend, and immediately I looked for the book here on Audible, because I didn't want the story to end. I don't think I will ever forget this miraculous story. Be aware that the book originally was titled A Long Way Home, but as far as I can tell this is the same exact recording, only with a few extra minutes of Epilogue added. The narrator reads a tad slowly, but is otherwise capable, and appropriately naturally speaks with an Aussie accent but does perfect Indian accents for Saroo's birth family and other Indian characters. WHAT AN AMAZING STORY--See the movie FIRST! I know that's the opposite of the usual recommendation, but in this case it makes the best sense. The movie pulls you strongly and immediately into the story, and the book more slowly and methodically lays out the details, including details that didn't make it into the screenplay for the film.

Grade: A
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- Gretchen SLP

Rags to Riches on Steriods

I didn't think that this book or the movie would be interesting to me but one day I was bored and saw the movie listed on Netflix so I watched it. It was amazing! Bought the book right away and started listening - it was intriguing.

The things that this little child went through and then was fortunate enough to be adopted by such wonderful people who didn't try to discourage or squash who he was culminates in a superb tale. It's not over yet. At the end of the book there are instructions on how to get updates on Saroo and his family.

Wonderful, fascinating story and well, well worth a credit.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.