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.
I'm part of a reading group and this was the voted on title this month. I hesitated on listening but now can't put my iPhone down. Two-thumbs up!!
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.
Eye-opening, exciting, scary, lovely, engrossing. Dave Eggers ("What is the What?") is a phenomenon. Bamji's narration is also super. He has a very slight accent that gives color to his reading without obscuring it.
This book opened my eyes to what the government is really like. All Americans take note. This could happen to you In my eyes, this man was a hero. I hope he is doing well.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Great book! I suppose one reason I say that is because I usually don't find myself drawn to non-fiction; it's just not compelling reading in general. HOWEVER, this book reads like a novel. I think it's in the category called "creative non-fiction." So the power of the story combined with the fact that it's TRUE make it a knock out. Another thing that makes the story so powerful is the way Eggers builds suspense. It starts in the beginning, but also there is a switch that takes place about half way through the book, and then the suspense and the drama really take off!! I also like the way the book makes such a powerful statement about parts of our country, but it does it through telling the story of ONE FAMILY. It is such a human, not a political, story, and that made all the difference for me. I previously read Eggers memoir and didn't like it, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one!