I lost count of how many times What Is the What made me wipe my eyes. I cried out of sadness and despair, and for joy. I haven't had a book make me cry since I was a child.
And, honestly, What Is the What made me grateful to be cleaning my house (which is when I listen to books). So grateful to have a house to clean! Thanks!
This very affecting book, excellently narrated, effectively emphasizes not only the miserable experiences of the "lost boys " in Africa but highlights the violence done to them in bringing them out and then dropping them on metaphorical and actual street corners to fend for themselves. Their profound culture shock leaves them totally vulnerable to the worst predation. And it's all done with the best of intentions.
Very engaging, insightful story. Excellent performance by reader. Just a bit long-winded and redundant at times, which is all that kept me from giving it all 5 stars.
I was immersed in the story from the moment the narrator spoke. I had heard of the Lost Boys, but had no idea of the horrible conditions they endured, or for how long it lasted for some and is still continuing for so many. It makes me grateful for my life and that I live in America which, so far, continues to be a free country.
What is the What is an epic story of one man's, and representing many others', story of escape from troubled Sudan. It is a sad, funny, amazing, poignant telling of the story of the List Boys. It is an education and a gift.
The narrator was excellent, as well, adding much to the feeling of being there, of journeying along with Valentino.
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.