I'm comparing this book to Gone With the Wind for the way it focuses intensely on a small group of people, through them showing the effects of a ruinous war. The book gives us personal melodramas enacted throughout changing times. Our personal absorption in these characters makes each event of the war all the more shocking. Although it's overly long, the extraneous details are absorbing, thanks to Robin Miles' brilliant narration through which each voice becomes a fully realized character.
I can't stop listening to this book. The reader is amazing and a quick moving, very interesting story.
It was time well spent but I found myself easily distracted and not able to pay attention to the story line.
Her voice has a wonderful warmth.
its a chapter in history that need to be known. unforgettable story and characters/
draws you right each character, each compelling and unique,as if they were in your own room
disturbing history but compelling, satisfying and deeply engrossing listen
I was in my middle teens when Biafra was in the headlines--I knew it was in Africa and involved starving children, but that's all. This book is wonderful on so many levels--the history, the politics, the culture and as already mentioned, the complex characterization. It's not just about the atrocities of a war that happened almost 50 years ago, it is relevant to issues we struggle with everyday. The differences of culture, religious values, things we hold as important to ourselves or within our group. The narration is superb--I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.
What I love about Audible.com that is different than going to the library; it's unlikely I would go to the library looking for a book on the history of Nigeria or the civil war of Biafra. Audible offered this book along with several others as a free offering which made me look at it. I am so glad I chose it. It is the same with the $4.95 specials--I consider books I didn't know I wanted to read. Audible has been a true treasure for me since I retired. I wish I had learned about Audible prior to retiring for my twice daily 25 mile commute!!
PRETTY MUCH; NOVELS WITH SEX IS NOT MY THING COMING OF AGE INTO NEW CULTURE FINE; HEARING ABOUT SEX IN CHAPTER TWO IS LIKE WATCHING EDDIE MURPHY DESTROY HIS MOVIE CAREER BY WATCHING HIM LICK HIS COSTAR LIKE A LION LICKS IT'S PREY FOR 5 MINUTES
MADE IT SEEM EVEN MORE ALIEN
KNOWING THAT YOUNG NATIVES LIKE SEX IS NOT NEWS TO ANYONE; KNOWING YOUNG NATIVES LIKE CALCULUS OR BACH IS INTERESTING
I remember reading about the Biafran war - but nothing was ever presented from this perspective. I cared about the characters and their fate and wondered how such rifts can be healed. Very well narrated.
This was such a real, human story, excellent characters and so engaging. The narrator was superb. I highly recommend devoting some time to listening to this novel!
The narrator was phenomenal and kept me listening to a story that I would generally never read. The book came highly recommended however contradicts with my personal reading preferences. It was good but the narrator was far better.