A Walk Across the Sun

Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Corban Addison’s riveting suspense debut pulls back the veil on one of the most profound human rights issues of our day: human trafficking. After their coastal town in India is wiped out by a tsunami, two sisters are abducted and sold into the global underground sex trade. Meanwhile, half a world away, a D.C. attorney makes it his life’s work to end this dehumanizing practice.

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Spellbinding

This book had me from the first paragraph. After a tsunami wipes out their home and family, two young girls are sucked into the underworld of human trafficking. The insights into how this world operates is gripping as are their stories. I chose this book because I am a fan of this narrator, and she did not disappoint, again speaking in Hindi, Russian, French, American, and Ukranian accents as she protrayed the different characters in this tale of darkness. I suspect the author may have been imagining himself as the hero of this tale, and I accept that. I think it was well-research, well-presented fiction, and I enjoyed it very much, one day walking an extra three miles while listening because I couldn't turn it off.

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Soneela takes her reading and characters seriously

As the only person in my book club who listens to audio, I am privileged to have the extra dimension of "READER" which I cannot share with them in my review. I can and often do, share a little of the audio to highlight a portion of the book I particularly enjoy. This reader, with the multitide of characters and accents, is able to portray these people and their accents authentically to help me distinguish who is who.

This book's character convergence does not feel contrived. The subject matter is dealt with three-dimensionally. Only the children are painted as angels on the planet...

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Perhaps better read than listened to

This is a thriller -- or at least a suspense novel. The premise is interesting, current and important -- sex trafficking in young girls in India (and other countries). It is the kind of book I would often pick up at the airport before a trip. I could then read it quickly, propelled by the story, which would allow me to ignore the illogicality and poor writing that abound in this novel. But the narrator of this novel reads it ponderously, solemnly, forcing the listener to attend to all the little things that don't actually make sense and preventing the story from developing any energy. A third of the way through I abandoned the effort. Perhaps if the narrator had been different, I might have stayed with it, but the combination of a questionable story and a very poor narrator made the enterprise very unsatisfying.

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Fiction Based on Truths

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book was loosely based on actual investigations that International Justice Mission worked on. Though the story in itself is created, there are a lot of truths behind what had happened in this book. I really love when people do creative things to share a problem that exists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk Across the Sun?

I really liked that there are certain things that happen in the main character's life that lead him on a journey he may not have been willing to take before, which changes his life and the lives of others forever.

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

The author can do accents so well from Indian, Scottish, French, Russian, etc. . .it is all in this book. She has skills.

If you could take any character from A Walk Across the Sun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to talk to Priya. I want to get inside her head and understand her better. I feel she was one of the most confusing characters.

Any additional comments?

If you want to learn about how human trafficking investigations may work, I think this story is pretty accurate from what I have learned in my ten years of research. It is not always fast, easy, or successful.

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Ugh....Save your credit. Naive and juvenile.

Would you try another book from Corban Addison and/or Soneela Nankani?

No

What could Corban Addison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Researched the topic much more.

What didn’t you like about Soneela Nankani’s performance?

Everything. The perky, high school student rendition was painful and grinding to listen to.

Any additional comments?

One of the worst listening experiences I have had.

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Good story...

I thought the story was well put together, interesting, and informative even though I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it myself. I felt the narrator, even tho gifted in accents, was a poor choice for this book...I had to fight with myself a bit to continue listening. As an example, the protagonist, Thomas, sounds like a little 5 year old boy when he speaks, and he speaks often throughout this story. She also lands quite heavily on consonates along with many of the syllables giving the conversations an off putting experience. I think she would do well narrating books for children, teens and young adults. However, the story intrigued me enough to stay with it.

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very hard finnish

Boring, too drawn out. no surprises, completely obvious. Just couldn't listen to it all, skipped many chapters.

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Call to actiom

Damn the haters. This is a fascinating read, support anti-trafficking. evil prevails when good men do nothing,

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I'm biased but...

TL;DR this is a great book if you're interested in/curious about human trafficking and/or India.

So a little background: I live in the DC area and I aspire to work for international nonprofits. The cause I have dedicated myself to up to this point has been human trafficking. Before I fell into that work, I became enamored with India. Hence, this book appealed to me for obvious reasons and I was bound to like it from the outset if it wasn't abysmal.
With a few exceptions, the writing style is nothing masterful or particularly elegant, almost reminiscent of YA, but the storyline is captivating and moving. I became engaged in both the characters and plot. I appreciate that the breadth of its coverage of India and human trafficking is so broad. From North to South and rural to urban India, and sex to labor and Eastern European to South Asian trafficking.
The narrator was best at non-American accents in my opinion, and did a pretty good job overall. She was deifntiely intentional about, and I presume accurate with, her pronunciation.
Overall, it's not exactly an easy or summer read (in terms of topics), but it is important. Worth checking out if you have the time, and I hope it captivates you like it captivated me.

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captivating!

Very captivating from the beginning but drags at the end when Sita is being rescued from her captors.