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A Long Walk to Water Audiobook

A Long Walk to Water

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

In 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war. Rebels and government forces battle for control, with ordinary people…people like the boy, Salva Dut…caught in the middle. When Salva's village is attacked, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will propel him through horror and heartbreak, across a harsh desert, and into a strange new life.

Years later, in contemporary South Sudan, a girl named Nya must walk eight hours a day to fetch water. The walk is grueling, but there is unexpected hope. How these two stories intersect is told in this fascinating dual narrative, performed by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop, with the assistance of dialect coach James Achueil…who actually made the same journey across Africa when he was one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan."

©2010 Linda Sue Park (P)2013 Full Cast Audio

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    Sara Adkins 07-17-15
    Sara Adkins 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    Every middle to high school student should read this. Numerous teachable moments. Great opportunities for meaningful discussions.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann M. Carbonell Alexandria, VA USA 06-24-17
    Ann M. Carbonell Alexandria, VA USA 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Exposure to Life in Sudan in the late 20 th Century"

    The book was about adventure and hope and a great example of a young persons perseverance during a
    war of genocide.

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    happycrazymommy Michigan 06-29-15
    happycrazymommy Michigan 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Makes one appreciate all we have in America"

    Nice short story that I plan to share with a kid's book club this summer. In light of how many times I hear the words "I'm bored", "There is nothing good to do", "Can we go get something new? Our toys aren't fun anymore", my hopes are high that this story will shed a new light on all of the blessings we have. Maybe it can spark some appreciation for all the conveniences of life in the USA and empathy for others around the globe who don't even have ready access to life-sustaining clean water. This story has made me stop and be thankful for my life and, at least for now (sorry Amazon), quit wishing for things I don't have nor need.

    The perseverance that young Salva exhibits will have more of am impact on my kids because it is a true story. We all fall victim to the "I can't because . . . " statements from time to time. It is so easy to become lazy due to the fact most of the things we don't feel like doing aren't life threatening, immediately at least. Death by crocodile, dehydration and starvation are great motivators. Even after the immediate threat to Salva's life due to his 'rescue' he kept pushing himself well beyond his comfort zone in order to help his fellow countrymen survive. What a way to role model a purpose filled life to today's youth. It would be great if there were children wanting to be Salva rather than LeBron or Beyonce.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-02-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Clean Water Please"

    It is so easy to take the smallest things for granted when we are used to having them all the time. Take water for example. I love my metal bottles full of cold ice water, and I drink from them all day long. I like my hot shower every morning and I like to brush my teeth and wash my face at night in warm, clean water. I have learned to be thankful for clean water, and to think that it comes into my house, hot or cold, duly filtered of all impurities, virtually at my bidding, is nothing short of a miracle. To have to drink unclean water at this point in my life would be an incredible hardship. To have to walk a three hour round trip twice a day every day to get that dirty water is simply unthinkable. That is the plight of many people in this world. This story is important in so many ways. It is a short book and I recommend it to everyone.

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    Stephanie Cherry Fentress, TX 09-04-17
    Stephanie Cherry Fentress, TX 09-04-17
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    "Great True Story."

    I read this to preview it for my daughter. It was a fantastic story. You will love the people. You will be challenged. There are the deaths of two people that I prepared my girl for. It's a well told story.

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    nikki 08-22-17
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    "Understandable choice for middle grades"

    A true "war"/victims of war story that isn't graphic. The narrating is excellent. Salva is relatable, even if you are a teen who isn't from South Sudan.

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    J. Davidson 08-09-17
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    "7 and 10 year olds love it"

    Great book based on a true story. There are stories of people getting killed, dying, and hardships of traveling by foot through deserts or the bush. However, the author does a great job making them "kid-friendly".

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-17
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    "Sad but Inspirational"

    This story is a moving and I would listen to it again. I enjoyed it so much I will listen to more of the books that Linda Sue Park has been the author of just like this one.

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    Jeri McDowell 07-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Heroic and Heartwarming"

    This was an excellent story about one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and his resilience, transformation, and vision.

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    Kenneth C. Lafleur 06-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Small book, Big message."
    What made the experience of listening to A Long Walk to Water the most enjoyable?

    Gratitude for what we have and inadequately appreciate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Long Walk to Water?

    People forcing people by gunfire into the jaws of death.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First clean water from the well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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  • CaroDerm
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    "Incredible story of survival"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Long Walk to Water to be better than the print version?

    The voices are very good and it is read beautifully. It is a powerful story and the voices bring it to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Long Walk to Water?

    The happy ending!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. My 12 year old son and I listened to it and we were gripped by the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story, but very sad. It makes you really appreciate what we have. It is about the power of the human spirit. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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