This book felt like very different three stories in one, and I liked all three. The first is the story of Zeitoun, a man from Syria who finds a home in America. I liked hearing about what it was like being a Muslim in America. The second story deals with his ordeal in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Zeiloun remained in the city after sending his family away, trying to look after his clients (he's a landlord and contractor). This was a fascinating narrative. Zeitoun uses his canoe to assist many in that time of great need. The final segment is the story of this innocent man's arrest and the accusations of terrorism for being a Muslim and Syrian in a city when most had left. It puts a human face on the incompetence of the government in the aftermath of Katrina. Each of the stories engaged me equally. The performance was nothing special but did not hurt the telling of this very interesting story. I felt I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience immensely.
This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.
I cannot believe this happened in America. The narration is a little weak and the story could be more fluid. However, this is a story that needed to be told and is so amazing that these flaws are almost forgotton.
This is an amazing story - a glimpse into just one family's experience in the aftermath of Katrina. It gave me a new appreciation for what the city of New Orleans and its citizens endured.
Unfortunately, the author must not have had an editor to help condense the first half of this book to one-third its length. But please, bear through the author's burden, as the second half of the book is what the story is all about. It is an American government outrage. Little was reported in the press about this aspect of Katrina, that the would-be rescuers spent time setting up and conducting a concentration camp rather than saving or helping storm victims.
Excellent story with a dream-like quality. And that it was a true story made it all the more interesting. I enjoyed the narration. Great voice!
Great story - regardless of your biases or political standings just to read the story gives you a look at how unfair life can be and how the governement can jst mess up sometimes. Great book moves along well and keeps you interetsted
This is an amazing job by Dave Eggers, sailing the waters of non-fiction by telling the story of this Syrian-American who became a hero for his community and a victim of his adoptive country. Eggers' account is both entertaining and inspiring, deeply moving and ultimately shocking when we see the kind of things he had to endure.
The narration of Firdous Barnji is simply perfect. Eggers and Barnji know how to tell a true story.
This was a very good book -- hard to believe that what happened to Zeitoun can really happen is this country, natural disaster or not. I didn't love the narrator but the book is well worth a listen.
Based on a true story I expected this book to show some bravery and heroism. What I heard were stubborn people making very bad choices and then living with the results of their decisions. The book was also very contradictory in places. First making statements then proving those statements wrong later in the book. It was completely uninspiring from
the writing to the storyline to the narration. Finally finishing the book I am actually still
upset enough to write this review. Don't waste your time or Audio Credit, it's just not worth it.