LONG BEACH, CA, United States
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  • What Is the What

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

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  • A Story Aching to be Told

  • By Susan on 04-24-13


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Reviewed: 03-18-13

Now having a longer commute to work, I am "revisiting" some of my favorite novels in audio form. What Is The What is even better the second time with Dion Graham's lovely narration. Valentino's epic childhood through young adulthood is brought to life in a poignant and understated manner. While the subject matter is heartbreakingly sad, there are moments of light and humor.

As one who grew up and still lives in middle-class America, this novel helps to put things in perspective. I have renewed appreciation for all that I have and an abundance of love and empathy for those whose struggle seems insurmountable.

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