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When the Stars Fall to Earth: A Novel of Africa | [Rebecca Tinsley]

When the Stars Fall to Earth: A Novel of Africa

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Christa CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 03-29-13
    Christa CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 03-29-13
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    "A must read on Darfur"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms LONDON, United Kingdom 03-29-13
    Ms LONDON, United Kingdom 03-29-13
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    "Haunting and troubling"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate LONDON, United Kingdom 03-28-13
    Kate LONDON, United Kingdom 03-28-13
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    "Outstanding book!"
    What made the experience of listening to When the Stars Fall to Earth the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is an amazing one that demonstrates the power of hope and the survival of humanity even in the most inhumane of circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The telling of the story through the eyes of various characters, and the powerfulness of each of these characters and their experiences both horrible and beautiful.


    What about Holly Villaire’s performance did you like?

    She really brought the characters and story to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! It was absolutely riveting!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I would recommend it not only because it tells an important story, but because it is well written, narrated, and leaves the listener enthralled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Santa Barbara, CA, United States 03-27-13
    Richard Santa Barbara, CA, United States 03-27-13
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    "Must read, very educational and emotional"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, enthusiastically. It is a realistic and compelling story from a part of the world the world community has ignored for too long.


    What other book might you compare When the Stars Fall to Earth to and why?

    Land of a Thousand Hills by Rosamond Carr


    What does Holly Villaire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excitement and drama


    If you could take any character from When the Stars Fall to Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd have a big feast for them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Redding, CA, United States 03-27-13
    Kimberly Redding, CA, United States 03-27-13
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    "A Gripping and Heartfelt Story"
    Would you listen to When the Stars Fall to Earth again? Why?

    To hear how the characters grow and change; and to learn more about the genocide in Darfur.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the story was told from different perspectives.


    What does Holly Villaire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A dramatic feel to the story.


    If you could rename When the Stars Fall to Earth, what would you call it?

    Oh my...wouldn't. I know how much time and energy writers place on a name--Tinsley did a fabulous job.


    Any additional comments?

    Tinsley's writing is smart and intuitive. I love what she does with a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tracy Santa Barbara, CA, United States 03-26-13
    tracy Santa Barbara, CA, United States 03-26-13
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    "Beautifully written story on a heart wrenching sub"
    Where does When the Stars Fall to Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far the best book I have listened to on audiobooks hands down!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hawa is my favorite character. Her bravery in helping others and learning a new field in such very depressing surroundings is nothing short of noble!


    What does Holly Villaire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she brings a life to the story I wouldn't have experienced if I had just read the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of When the Stars Fall to Earth and why?

    Ahmed was the most memorable character for me. He was such a decent and true boy and had such a God given gift for soccer.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this purchase! It is one of the best books I've "heard" in years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mac Maven Ann Arbor, MI 03-26-13
    Mac Maven Ann Arbor, MI 03-26-13

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    "Poignant novel based on true stories of Darfuris"

    This novel is set against the backdrop of war in Darfur. The narrative is based on actual stories collected by the author from survivors. It's interesting to hear the author, Rebeca Tinsley, read the preface which gives historical background. I have listened to many, many audio books and the Reader, Holly Villaire, does a fine job with this one, taking on different voices for the different characters. This book brings to life what is and has been going on in Africa recently, beyond what you hear on the news. I'm glad they brought it out as an audio book.

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    Anonymous New York 03-26-13
    Anonymous New York 03-26-13
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    "Brilliant, compelling, and deeply moving!"
    Where does When the Stars Fall to Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the very best!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so keenly observed! The scenes come to life in a wondrous way! Enlightening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Gunnison, CO, United States 03-31-13
    Cindy Gunnison, CO, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Important Story - Poorly Written"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Too bad the entire book doesn't read like the author's afterword. The story is incredibly important, but the writing is amateurish and unbelievable. The dialogue reads like a public service announcement for "Save Darfur." On the other hand, the afterward is heartfelt, authentic, and beautiful. Much as I did not appreciate the writing, I'm glad I listened because I learned a lot about an important subject. I wish Tinsley had written a memoir of her experiences fighting to end genocide.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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