• By: Saroo Brierley, with Larry Buttrose
    Read by: Vikas Adam
  • Runtime: 7.5 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 11.1.2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 7.48 hrs11/1/2016Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4708-6323-4

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Amazing stuff.”

New York Post

“An incredible story.”


“The emotional journey of Saroo Brierley…will melt hearts around the globe.”


“So incredible that sometimes it reads like a work of fiction.”

Winnipeg Free Press

“Absorbing…With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo…recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation.”

Weekly Review (Australia)

“A remarkable story.”

Sydney Morning Herald Review

“Vikas Adam’s rich voice and smooth delivery results in a polished performance of this miraculous memoir.”

Library Journal (starred review)

Author Biography

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost birthplace half a world away, his story made global headlines. That story is being published in several languages around the world and has been adapted into a major feature film. Brierley was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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Reader Biography

Vikas Adam has numerous credits in theater, film, and television. His fifty-plus audiobooks span genres and include The City of Devi, A Free Man, The Far Pavilions, Ender’s Game Alive: The Audioplay, Dreams and Shadows, and Tesla’s Attic. He’s an Audie nominee and Earphones Award recipient. He has a BFA in theater from Syracuse University and an MFA in acting from UCLA, where he’s a lecturer in the theater department.

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