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Summary

Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness, the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.

An international best seller on original release, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses' life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.

©2021 Delia Owens and Mark Owens (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A remarkable story beautifully told.... Among such classics as Goodall's In the Shadow of Man and Fossey's Gorillas in the Mist." (Chicago Tribune)

"One of the best testimonials to the perseverance, idealism and general spunk of passionate animal students." (Washington Post)

"For anyone interested in animals or in real life adventure, this book is a must." (Jane Goodall) 

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interesting to hear how undeveloped things were

Not much of a "story", more like a journal. Becomes repetitive at times but it is an interesting glimpse into Botswana and how undeveloped things were at that time.

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Takes you back to a moment in time

I really enjoyed listening to this book and being swept away to Africa. The story is so unique and its a nature lovers dream. I got attached to the animals they were monitoring on their quest and became invested in their well being.

I do think that an update on the project could be included at the end of the book, letting listeners know how it turned out and the current state of the Kalahari.

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This couple brought The Kalahari and it’s wildlife to life.

I couldn’t stop listening to this book , what an amazing couple , brought their life in the Kalahari as researchers to life . Their dedication to animal conservation and their love of wildlife is infectious . The struggles they encountered and the relationship they had with the animals was just amazing. I recommend this book to all. Loved it !

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Absolute riveting, very very special

What an amazing couple! This book will make you antisocial, it’s one of the most engaging, informative and well written pieces on the subject, I can highly recommend it x

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An Amazing evocative true account of the real Africa

This is an Amazing book
A true, warm and brave book from two very special people who lived amongst the wild and wonderful animals of the Kalahari desert.

I couldn’t put it down . I am in awe of what they did . I applaud them