Descriptive and moving, although the first section started out slow. The story and the author's ability to flawlessly move between languages is captivating. I hope the author writes a follow up book!
Father of three
Helen Cooper's story is a powerful one, but it is her reading that makes this a great listen. I admit that at times I had trouble understanding her when she used her Liberian English, but it added to the depth of the story and helped to clarify the two worlds in which she lived
The story plugs you into the life of a teen in Liberia and her family struggles.
I liked it all because it was her story.
I was interested in hearing more but it took a few sittings
I want to know how her life continues. She feels like a friend
This is a terrific book, and the author does a wonderful job reading it. I was so sorry when it ended, but am happy to know I can read the author's columns in the NYT and see her, occasionally on the News Hour.
This was my first audible book and I enjoyed listening to the story. I thought the first half of the book was great and it slowed in the second half. Overall, I would recommend the book for its historical value. Audible books are great and audible.com is the place to get them.
I think I was suppose to feel sorry for the family, but I found myself feeling neutral.
This was my first audible book and Helene was very good. She brought life to the book with her accent.
The greatness of American everywhere
This book is a page turner. It is a memoir of a childhood and a lifetime as it travels through times fraught with riches, war, violence, denial and love.
It also offers a wonderful history lesson on Monrovia, Liberia, and the USA.
This story is enlightening and entertaining. Ms. Cooper's story is inspirational, perhaps more so told in her voice. I learned both about Liberian history and a woman who overcame incredible odds to be able to share her story with us. A beautiful author, narrator and person.