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  • A Long Way Gone

  • Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  • By: Ishmael Beah
  • Narrated by: Ishmael Beah
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than 50 violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now 26 years old, tells a riveting story in his own words: how, at the age of 12, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence.

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  • By B. Bunt on 11-01-13

Engaging well written story

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Reviewed: 01-12-19

Ishmael is brilliant! The articulate way he has of writing and the action packed, heart wrenching life he led keeps you engaged throughout. There are very few audiobooks that keep my interest and I didn’t want this one to end. I loved the part where he came to America for the first time. I laughed so hard and had to share it with my family. Great job Ishmael!