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)
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.
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.
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.
She really brought the characters and story to life.
YES! It was absolutely riveting!
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.
Yes, enthusiastically. It is a realistic and compelling story from a part of the world the world community has ignored for too long.
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Excitement and drama
I'd have a big feast for them all.
I highly recommend it.
To hear how the characters grow and change; and to learn more about the genocide in Darfur.
I liked how the story was told from different perspectives.
A dramatic feel to the story.
Oh my...wouldn't. I know how much time and energy writers place on a name--Tinsley did a fabulous job.
Tinsley's writing is smart and intuitive. I love what she does with a story.
This is by far the best book I have listened to on audiobooks hands down!
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!
I think she brings a life to the story I wouldn't have experienced if I had just read the book.
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.
I would highly recommend this purchase! It is one of the best books I've "heard" in years!
Michigan Mac Lover
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.
Among the very best!
The characters are so keenly observed! The scenes come to life in a wondrous way! Enlightening!
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.
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