When the Stars Fall to Earth is the story of five young Darfuris trying to make sense of their changing world in a time of war. Their lives come together in a tale of love and loss, self-reliance and courage, fear and violence. They overcome the ultimate challenge: to become proud survivors with a future rather than defeated victims, despite the tragedy enveloping them.
Based on true stories told to human-rights journalist and activist Rebecca Tinsley. Ms. Tinsley has worked in nine African countries. Together with her husband, Henry, she was asked by President and Mrs. Carter to found the Carter Center UK. She is a tireless advocate for human rights around the world. 50% of all proceeds from this audiobook are donated to Network for Africa's projects with survivors of genocide.
©2011 Rebecca Tinsley (P)2013 Hamm & Clov Stage Company
"Young people in Darfur have had their lives stolen away from them whilst the world has watched. Rebecca's book takes us on their journey and lets us listen to their unbelievable stories, encouraging all of us to act to ensure that the people of Darfur can live in peace and dignity." (Sir Richard Branson)
"[Rebecca Tinsley's] book When the Stars Fall to Earth is a gripping, honest, and ultimately life-changing tale. It is a wake-up call to all who read it, and a reminder that the worst sin we as Americans and Westerners can commit is to turn away, close our eyes and ears, and fail to act in the face of such suffering." (Kathleen Tobin Krueger, wife of Ambassador Robert Krueger)
I chose this listen because the situation in Darfur has dropped off the radar again, and I was curious to learn more. I knew that there is now a North Sudan and a South Sudan, but this story tells so much more - how it came to be and describes the lives of families who have endured the unbelievable horror in which these people live.
Why DON'T we care? Is it because it is a civil war between mostly Arab Muslims in the north of Sudan and Black African Muslims in the south?
I am ashamed and appalled that the international community essentially continues to ignore the devastation in the Sudan.
Be warned, this book is graphic and the truth is not pretty to hear.
It is a fantastic book and translates very well as an audio book. It's a compelling story, so sad, but a story with many strong and resilient characters it becomes uplifting
The story is so tragic, detailing the devastating effect war has on lives of innocent people, yet also manages to describe uplifting individual stories of bravery and the strength and courage that people show during bleak times. A fantastic book, well worth listening to
It was very sad, made me well up in some parts, but smile in others - that's the sign of a great book
A must listen - relevant and excellent
This is a brilliant book.. It held my attention completely as all wonderful stories do. The characters were not only real, they were totally fleshed out and interesting people. I felt
caught up in a world that captivated me from the first sentence.
The title is perfect for this book.
Get the book! Read it or listen to it....just go for it. Few books take you into such an absorbing world as this excellent book does.
A compelling true story full of strong will, determination and resilience. Can only imagine the agony of the considered outcast of Darfur!
I really have not read anything else this poignant. I have read other books about the cruelty in Africa but none so horrendous.
Hawa, Zara, Mary and Amed. There were others but these fought against all odds.
Genocide, it's real!
This was a well written and expressed book about a disease that is real and affecting real people even today. Listening to this book really took me out of my comfort zone.
Great book for the world to read and learn!!!
Intellectual property champion
This novel in print delivers a story that is both visceral and poignant. The characters dramatize the dehumanization spottily reported in other media around the globe. The addition of voice deepens the ethos. As a BBC journalist who witnessed these atrocities, the author and narrator capture the evil spells the Powers cast in their warfare.
Global novel, human themes
What is the What, Dave Eggers. The books both deal with contemporary themes of war-riven Africa.
The author's gift is taking what is often presented as a complex situation - the genocide and ongoing atrocities in Darfur - and telling it as a story that a wide audience can relate to, because in the end it is a story about survival, love, family, and community: the ingredients of all human stories. Whether you currently know nothing about Darfur or you're a human rights activist who reads the Sudan Tribune regularly, this novel will help you better understand what has happened in Darfur and the amazing resiliency of Darfuri survivors.
When the Stars Fall to Earth is a haunting novel, that brings to life the appalling human rights tragedy of Darfur. That the terrible events have been largely ignored by the international community adds to the tragedy. A gripping story, sensitively told, following the lives of of the innocent victims who are caught in the cross-fire, it exposes the true horrors that so many have had to endure. I urge you to read it.
Yes. This is the best book on the genocide in Darfur that I ever read. It's crafted with the pacing and intricate plot of a novel, but the information is clearly a firsthand account of a journalist.
The story itself is compeling, but the characters are vivid and real. You cannot read these pages without understanding the complex tragedy of Darfur. You cry with the characters both in the tragedy and in their victories.
No, I have never listened to one of her other performances.
My first thought would be Zara who survives and comes to the United States to tell others of what she has lived through, but I think Hawa because she shows the most courage of all of the characters and she starts with no sense of self and grows into a survivor who will be a catalyst for change.
It's one of the best books I've ever read--and I'm an avid reader. I read it and have listened to the the audio. Both experiences are worth the time it takes. I will listen to it again and again.
Say something about yourself!
No. She was fine in overall narration but when it came to male characters, she was just awful. They all sounded exactly the same, and they all shouted their lines like fishmongers.
I could not finish listening to this book because of this.
"brilliantly written and totally engaging"
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to, very engaging, very moving, well read
The reality of the stories, interwoven but individualistic. Hard to listen to at times but reality of the devastation that humans inflict upon each other should never be an easy read. Enough detail to make it personal but not media style over emotive.
A very well written and read book. Credit to the author and those with the courage to tell their stories.
"When the Stars Fall to Earth - what do YOU do?"
Well, some brave souls try and put them back in the sky. And some clever souls then manage to write about it. Make no mistake, this is no easy read, but it is a well-written, full-on and engaging account of the horrors that happen to minorities, especially women, when an authoritarian, ruthless and inhumane regime takes power and abuses it. It's a duty to read it. It's then a duty to do something about it, however great or small. Put your own little star back in the sky.
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