I don't feel the need to listen to it again as it was a story i am not soon to forget.
Dion Graham is an amazing narrator, he has yet to disappoint me in bring a book to life. His emotion and sincerity in his interpretation of books he narrates leaves me wanted to hear more. I am so glad that he was one the the first narrators i heard when I began listening to audible books. Thank you Mr. Graham.
When William K passed away, his story telling and optimism was enjoyable.
Valentino's spirit makes you laugh, cry, and feel uplifted in this amazing journey. The author and narrator are superb. This is a must read.
An excellent listen with a fabulous story. I was engaged immediately in the tale which was wonderfully and skillfully narrated by Dion Graham. The narration made for a much richer experience of the story than if I had read it. I highly recommend this book and will be listening to it again.
I really enjoyed listening to this book about a Sudanese refugee who experienced the Sudanese civil wars, where the author provides a horrific account of the brutal tragedies. This is a semi biographical story, but it reads as though every part of it is real. The main character, Valentino Achak Deng, at age 8, is exiled from his village in southern Sudan and eventually joins thousands of other Lost Boys who were also exiled from their villages. They walk forever in their quest to reach a place that would be permanent. It is the first time that I have read an accurate account of what a refugee camp is like. I read about one in "Infidel" but it was for only a period of a couple days. Valentino was in the temporary Ethiopian refugee camp for 10 years, after which he does end up in Atlanta, Georgia and that is another story. If you listen to this book by audio, you will not be disappointed. It is excellent.
Not only is Eggers' book an engaging piece of fiction/nonfiction, the incredibly skillful reader does it justice with every word and change of voice.
Both the author and the narrator create an excellent and authentic picture of the southern Sudan and its tragic undoing. I lived in Juba during part of the period covered, and I read (listened to) the book to fill in and explain historical events. I was not disappointed. The tale is riveting and devastating and filled with pathos. It is beautifully read and recalls the voice of so many southern Sudanese friends.
A lot of great moments... just too long. Excellent reading by Dion Graham I must say. The authenticity of the various African accents was amazing and they lifted the various stories told by Akhbar to higher heights than if read alone. Very impressive, but just too long. Maybe I could have finished it quicker had I read it. Listening took weeks. The writing at times went every where but loose(in the middle) but the beginning and ending were riveting.
One problem I had was that the apartment break-in and the continuation of his life thereafter were never clearly resolved for me; you just don't write a book of this length, with all of its twisting subplots and storylines, and not resolve the premise you start with... I'm not saying it wasn't a good ride. I think it was unnecessarily long and too quickly wrapped up to be truly satisfying for this reader.
There's a lot to be said for reading the first 10 pages of any book or listening to the first 10 minutes of an audiobook. If it doesn't ring true to you by then, it's not for you.
This rang true, but then left me hanging for a long time (as though there were two writers) and then came back for the big wrap up.
This important story of heroic Achuk Deng is told by Graham with Oscar winning talent and written by Eggers with Nobel Prize winning skill. The reading is great but Graham's acting ability brings the story home. Should be required reading for all North Americans.
Loved this book. The story was so engaging and seamless in how it went back and forth with present day and past to add layers to the character. Because of our work in a third word country with a marginalized people group, we often see the local problems as well as the well-meaning efforts of peple back home who want to get involved and help, This story very realistically captured all that and more. Highly recommend not only for excellent entertainment but for an eye-opening lesson in other cultures and the unique problems they face.
Gut-wrenching, poignant and powerful!
This is my first time listening to Dion Graham and I LOVED his delivery!
It made me laugh AND cry. I was ashamed of the way Americans treated Valentino - and all Sudanese. I laughed at the sweet innocence of the Lost Boys.
I listened to this book during the summer as it was a class assignment for all high schoolers at her school. The book was assigned as a demonstration of the "Primacy of Self". I feel it should be a requirement for all students. The amount of pain - both physical and emotional - would surely wear down any American teenager. The young men in this book endured far more challenges than most people endure in a lifetime. Wonderful book!