This is the third book I've read by eggers. I decided to give an audio book a try. This was a fantastic performance! The reader really took the story home and I felt as if a lost boy were actually telling me his story. It made my heart drop every now and then and I was thankful that I was hearing this story. It's an invisible story of which most people in this country are unaware.
Great story, Eggers!
This narrator brought this book to life. The accents and differentiation between characters was superb, and the emotions conveyed beautifully. This is such a tragic story; a story that is the story of a million boys, a million families, a million refugees.
Amazing awakening to the plight of the Sudanese. The narration was beautiful and melodious and brought Atchak to life. This will make you think about the gifts in your life and compassion for others
I have already recommended this audiobook to several friends. The narrator had just the right intonation and accent, and made me believe that Valentino was talking to me. Although, of course the subject is grim, the tone is not, and there were many laugh-out-loud moments. It didn't matter to me whether the story was autobiographical or fictional. It simply rings true. My long commute was made shorter by listening to this book.
I wish the story had covered his first portion of American life. I would love an update. Still, I enjoyed it. I wish everyone would come to know & care about what has & is still is happening in Sudan and South Sudan.
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.