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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight Audiobook

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

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Publisher's Summary

Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

©2001 Alexandra Fuller; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Adult Non-Fiction, 2003

"A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood." (Publishers Weekly)
"This was no ordinary childhood, and it makes a riveting story thanks to an extraordinary telling." (School Library Journal)
"In this powerful debut, Fuller fully succeeds in memorializing the beauty of each desert puddle and each African summer night sky while also recognizing that beauty can lie hidden in the faces of those who have crossed her path. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"An honest, moving portrait of one family struggling to survive tumultuous times." (Booklist)

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 08-01-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2016
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    "So different and honest"

    Fuller's biography about growing up as a white African during the 70s and 80s in each African country ruled/formerly ruled by the British is fascinating. She doesn't gloss over her own rough behavior or warts of her family. Their living experience is really interesting as it was totally different than growing up in the US during the same period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea 06-20-08
    Christine Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea 06-20-08
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    "This is similar to my life"

    I was born in Papua New Guinea in early 1970's to a Papua New Guinean mother and Scottish father. I could relate to alot of the issues and some incidents in the story - the racism, the colonist attitudes, hurt parents and the richness of the country.
    I got a good sense of Africa (and I havn't been there).
    Really liked the story. Olivia died by accident, it wasn't anyones fault.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Fort Collins, CO, USA 02-21-04
    Sarah Fort Collins, CO, USA 02-21-04
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    "Wonderful"

    A wonderfully funny and heart breaking story of growing up in Africa. The author did not glamorize but shared her life without apologizes. The woman who read the book did a wonderful job of capturing the characters personalities.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 02-05-07
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 02-05-07 Member Since 2012
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    "An interesting tale, well-told, but..."

    Alexandra Fuller has led a fascinating life, not always by her own choosing. Her parents were untrustworthy, accidental carpetbaggers who fumbled through a sinister landscape to which they had no claim, and to which they felt entitled. The story Fuller tells is occasionally funny and often heartbreaking. It is her own story, and she is to be congratulated for surviving it. But this book is not for everyone, and will sometimes leave the listener feeling contempt for the primary personae. The lilting, perfect voice of Lisette Lecat, who also reads the more-affable "#1 Ladies Detective Agency" series, is always welcome.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jana Richmond, CA, United States 03-27-04
    Jana Richmond, CA, United States 03-27-04 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb, fascinating"

    Fascinating, enchanting, well-written, beautifully narrated. Poignant story about women dealing with life and overcoming hardships amidst the harsh and foreign beauty of several different African countries as white foreigners. The story got better and more enjoyable with every hour I listened.

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    Nancy W. 06-04-16
    Nancy W. 06-04-16
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    "Very well written, expertly read - narrator had a pleasant accent and made for easy listerpning."

    I thought the story of Bobo's formative years was very interesting - her world and family so different and engaging, bold, unexpected, exciting.
    The description of her family was fascinating, each member of the family described in a truthful yet witty way. Her mother was so much, fun and yet very sharp and unpredictable at times.
    I recommend it to readers who enjoy great non-fiction in the form of a memoir - but a page-turner, taking place in some very dangerous places in Africa.

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    Sad but interesting. gave insight as to what it would be like to live in Africa.

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    "Glad I finally read this book!"

    I bought the audible version a few days ago. I listened for two days and could not stop until the end. The book and the story are riveting and well written. The reader is amazing, one of the best I have heard.

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    D 04-08-15
    D 04-08-15 Member Since 2001

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    "Beautiful word pictures"

    Certainly not an action novel, but evokes the sights, smells, and feel of Africa. I loved this family, with their giddiness, pain and flaws, and kept hoping for their success.

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    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 05-03-14
    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 05-03-14 Listener Since 2008
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    Where does Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes you all the way into a completely different world.
    It is filled with unique, simpatico characters.
    And it is deeply, wildly funny.


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