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Cry, the Beloved Country Audiobook

Cry, the Beloved Country

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This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels that has appeared anywhere in modern times. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit. And beyond the intense and insoluble personal tragedy, it is the story of the beautiful and tragic land of South Africa, its landscape, its people, and its bitter racial ferment and unrest.

Public Domain ©1948 by Alan Paton; (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Gordon Kenmore, WA, USA 12-05-05
    Gordon Kenmore, WA, USA 12-05-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Educational, Moving"

    This book transports you to Africa... the descriptions are so detailed, the characters completely developed ... and while doing so provides an essential education into the meaning and madness of apartheid. Narration is superb. This one left me thinking for quite some time …

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donn Edwards Johannesburg, South Africa 09-08-05
    Donn Edwards Johannesburg, South Africa 09-08-05

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    "The Accents are Hideous"

    I live in South Africa, and I am horrified at the accents adopted by Frederick Davidson. They are not even vaguely Zulu, and they ruin the book completely. Alan Paton's classic deserved a reader who can do it justice. I have no problem with Davidson's English accent for narration, but his character accents sound more like they came from the Indian subcontinent than southern Africa. It's a crying shame.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 05-08-06
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 05-08-06 Member Since 2016
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    "The best"

    I wonder if there could have been a more important book, a better reading of any book, or a more moving book for finding a humanity within oneself that certainly I did not know I had--but now do.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-16-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Blessed are They That Mourn . . ."

    Poetic, sad, beautiful . . . transcending time, Cry, the Beloved Country, is as relevant today as it was in 1948 when Alan Paton wrote it . . . the simple lives of the South African people, their faith, their struggles and resilience . . . poured out in a rhythmic flowing verse that pierces the heart . . . strips away all pretense . . . a humble black pastor, a prodigal son gone to the city, gone wrong . . . way wrong . . . and his father, heartbroken, searching him out, fearing what he will find . . . and never making excuses for his son's sin . . . but ever loving, pining for him . . . As circumstances bring native black Afrikaans up against white people in a time of Apartheid, I am amazed and humbled, that this book is not in the least political or racially motivated. The overarching theme is love, even in the face of evil, character, even when things are most difficult, humility even when others do not see you as their equal, perseverance, when there is no rain, when there is no milk, when there is no help . . . and gratitude to God for even the smallest of blessings. This is one of the most important books of our time. Everyone should read/hear it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-14-15
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Sad to be disappointed"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. It is an important piece of literature that opened a window into a world little understood at the time. But I just couldn't find myself drawn to it. I did listen to the book and while the narrator was good, I wonder if this is one of those examples where the beauty and power of a book is lost through this medium. In the end, it was a disappointing use of my time, and that makes me sad.

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    Laura USA 03-17-07
    Laura USA 03-17-07
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    "Narrator difficult to understand"

    I'm sure that this is a wonderful piece of literature, but the author's accent was very difficult for me to understand. He also did not do a good job of differentiating between characters with his voice, which made the plot difficult to follow. I restarted the book but eventually gave up because I had to work so hard to follow what was going on! Since I find that the narrator makes the audio book, maybe we should read this one..

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "poignant work"

    Beautifully written, memorable work. This book is probably a classic; if not, it should be. Michael York is one of my favorite readers. Excellent novel...educational as well as entertaining! Paton's novel is now on my list of all-time favorites.

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    Adam Smith Prairieville, LA 08-09-16
    Adam Smith Prairieville, LA 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Profoundly sad yet thought provoking."

    I truly enjoyed this story. It was a bit slow in points, but the story is captivating of the struggles of blacks under the oppressive apartheid system of South Africa. There is injustice, but also there is hope for the future. The narration was quite good as well. The reader used appropriate drama and held my interest for the majority of the reading.

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    Laura 08-08-16
    Laura 08-08-16
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    "A WONDERFUL READ"

    I very much appreciate the strength in the reader's voice, he allows the book to have great strength through each character. I recommend for a long plane or car ride. Cry, the Beloved Country made me cry, scream of heartbreak and smile.

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 06-25-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 06-25-16 Member Since 2010
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    "what a book"
    Where does Cry, the Beloved Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best book I every listened to or read. The depth of the characters and the understanding and feeling their pain is something that the narrator does so well.


    What other book might you compare Cry, the Beloved Country to and why?

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mystry- due to understanding the suffering of people and journey of life


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    The ability to portray the pain and suffering of the characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book made me sad because I could understand the suffering of the father and family


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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