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Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Okay, but the title isn't very accurate.

    Zamba was an okay book, but I think that the title kind of gives the reader the wrong kind of message. It seemed, to me, that the novel was about Ralph Helfer rather than Zamba himself. And it sounded really braggy to me, the way that he talked about HIM starting affectionate training, about how because of his affectionate training the lion and his other animals did this or that, all because HE thought of it. It kind of says that throughout the entire novel, and nothing really to do about the lion himself. I also didn't like how Helfer kind of skipped around, it kind of ruined the story. The way he left out Zamba's life as a cub, and how he would only explain certain events. . . I don't know, I really didn't like his format. The book wasn't really a tribute to Zamba, it seemed as though it was a tribute to HIMSELF. An okay, but kind of boring book. A dissapointment, from my point of view. Modoc was far better, I must say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    Couldn't Put It Down

    This book was one I saw on the self of the bookstore, saw the picture on the cover and thought I would check it out. I could not put it down. I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails in anticipation! I have never read anything so touching. The author really made me feel as if I was right there with him and Zamba. I even read this book to my son who enjoyed it as much as I did. A beautiful story about just how much we all can learn from being nice to eachother. A MUST read for anyone, any age!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    I love this book:)

    Soo much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

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    The beginning to Ralph Helfer's story is definitely not how you would expect the life of a lion trainer's to begin. Ralph's first encounter with a lion, was not one to be forgotten... Well at least getting attacked and mauled by an angry, poorly trained lion would be something that would never leave my memory. Even after this horrifying episode, Ralph's love for animals grew even stronger. Throughout his life, he was constantly with and around animals. One day he received an incredible phone call, and his life took a turn in an entirely new direction. This moment was one he had been waiting for his entire life, he was now on the right track in order to achieve his lifelong dream of raising a lion. He found out there was a lion cub in desperate need of a home, and he knew he was just the person for it. It wasn't long after the 2 month old lion cub met Ralph, that he knew he was at home. The lion was named Zamba. Ralph had been developing a new philosophy of training animals called, "affection training". It was based off of love, instead of fear because Ralph had experienced first hand the outcome of a fear trained lion. This affectionate training method contributed to a long, absolutely sensational, and essential relationship between them. For the next eighteen years, Zamba lived with Ralph, yes, in the same house. It is absolutely amazing to me that an animal so strong and powerful can be trained to behave the same as a mellow house cat. Zamba was in the pages of magazines, seen on television, and even motion pictures. With numerous stories ranging from hilarious to incredibly sad, Zamba is an amazing book that without a doubt, NOT a waste of your time! You will not be disappointed by this phenomenal story!

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    One of my FAVORITES!!!!!!!!

    If you are an animal lover, you HAVE to read this book..everytime I'd read a sentence or finish a chapter I wanted to read it all over again..I cried and laughed while reading this book. I felt a real connection to Zamba himself, as if I knew him personally. As if he was my lion..The love Ralph has for animals is the love I have animals as well. If you also have it, you will find yourself agreeing with everything Ralph believes. To make it short and simple..You just HAVE to read this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

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    This is one of the most pleasant surprises I have come across....I loved this book from beginning to end. It is a timeless tale of love, affection, and mutual respect that lasts a lifetime. I could not put this book down. Anyone who wants an easy read this summer should definitely read it!!!

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