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All of These People

A Memoir
Narrated by: Fergal Keane
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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During his years of reporting from the world's most savage and turbulent regions, Fergal Keane has witnessed the violence of the South African townships and the terror in Rwanda, the most extreme kinds of human behaviour, the horror of genocide, and the bravery of peacekeepers faced with overwhelming odds. As one of the BBC's leading correspondents, he recounts extraordinary encounters on the front lines. Alongside his often brutal experiences in the field, he also describes unflinchingly the challenges and demons he has faced in his personal life growing up in Ireland.

Keane's existence as a war reporter is all that we imagine: frantic filing of reports and dodging shells, interspersed with rest in bombed-out hotels and concrete shelters. Life in such vulnerable areas of the globe is emotionally draining, but full of astonishing moments of camaraderie and human bravery. And so this is also a memoir of the human connections, at once simple and complex, that are made in extreme circumstances. This audiobook is filled with the memories of remarkable people. At the heart of Fergal Keane's story is a descent into and recovery from alcoholism, spanning two generations, father and son; a different kind of war, but as much part of the journey of the last 25 years as the bullets and bombs.

©2005 Fergal Keane (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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"Keane's real distinction was in his reporting talents, which as this book shows, are considerable." (Evening Standard)

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  • andy
  • 02-20-10

Fergal Keane

Loved this book, a bit harrowing in places but then thats life.
Great honesty and insight, well worth the listining time.

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  • Sarah Faherty
  • 10-15-19

A must read human story

A beautifully narrated, personal & important story, from a celebrated war correspondent. An honest & impactful story of the horror of war but also the impact of childhood experience on us all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

A little lost for words

I would say that in my 50 years, I have never 'read' a book that evoked every human emotion. Fergal Keane is literary genius. Literary genius is described as such: a multi-layered aptitude that consists of many unique cognitive, affective, perceptual, motivational, interpersonal, and state-dependent attributes, including the challenging of orthodox thinking, fertility of ideas, compulsive discipline and hard work, tolerance of ambiguity, innocence of perception, immersion in the present moment, intellectual diversity, an internal locus of evaluation, and sensitivity to nuances. This best describes All Of These People by Fergal Keane.

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  • Elaine
  • 01-01-18

Masterful

Once in a while you read/ hear a book that takes you aback with its power and eloquence. This is one such book. Sad, descriptive of life and emotions, informative, thought provoking and life affirming. A glorious creation.
As they say around here (Limerick, Ireland) "Shur why wouldn't it be good. Wasnt his uncle handy with the words too..."