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Zeitoun Audiobook

Zeitoun

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Publisher's Summary

In his new nonfiction book Zeitoun, New York Times best-selling author Dave Eggers tells a Hurricane Katrina story unlike any written before.

When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

Eggers's riveting work, three years in the making, follows Zeitoun back to his childhood in Syria and around the world during his years as a sailor. The book also traces the story of Zeitoun's wife Kathy - a boisterous Southerner who converted to Islam - and their wonderful, funny, devoted family. When Zeitoun vanishes, Kathy is left to make sense of the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible.

©2009 Dave Eggers; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Imagine Charles Dickens, his sentimentality in check but his journalistic eyes wide open, roaming New Orleans after it was buried by Hurricane Katrina ... Eggers's tone is pitch-perfect - suspense blended with just enough information to stoke reader outrage and what is likely to be a typical response: How could this happen in America?" (Timothy Egan, The New York Times)

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    mamasunset California Central Coast 04-24-11
    mamasunset California Central Coast 04-24-11 Listener Since 2002
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    "What?"

    This is obviously a book for the USA haters; good job on that. What has the main character being a Muslim have to do with Katrina? I don't appreciate being hit over the head with a sledge hammer.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-20-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2008

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Kafka never had it this bad"

    Anyone who doubts that a police state is possible in America should read this book. All it takes is for something to be declared an emergency and civil rights go out the window. This book describes in detail the real life story of how the US Government destroyed the lives of the Zeitoun family. Nothing in Kafka compares to the faceless bureaucracy the Zeitouns had to fight. I am still waiting to hear the Government come forth with anything resembling an adequate apology. I am still waiting for the individuals responsible to bear any of the consequences for their actions. Sadly, as I write this, time has shown that the consequences for the Zeitouns ran much deeper than Mr. Eggers guessed at when he wrote this book. Abdulrahman Zeitoun has paid a terrible price for the way the US Government has treated him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tooonce72 07-22-12
    tooonce72 07-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "You Don't Know Everything about Katrina"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am!!

    Boy if you ever wondered how you would fair after a weather adversity, you need to read this. It's a true story about how one ethnic family was treated in such adverse conditions. How the media fueled the flame to create a manic situation. It's written factual, not negative or seeking sympathy.

    When I first came across this, my first reaction was if I really needed to rehash it all again....yeah, I did.


    What other book might you compare Zeitoun to and why?

    I don't think I have read a book like it. It was scary truthful - not in a poor me manner. I have to say too that I was shocked how ignorant I was about the Muslim faith from reading this book.


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

    Obviously, pronouncing the foreign words. Because most of us not middle easterners can't say the words, we just skip over those groups of unfamiliar letters that we can not pronounce.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to say because I read a review of this book that told too much and ruined a piviotal part in this book for me....when Kathy wasn't getting an answer. I wish I had not read that review for I was right there with her.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. I am so shocked to read some reviews. This book was SO SO SO not boring. It is so so more than a story about Katrina. It's more about racism and ignorance and having too much trust in your govenment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 02-05-10
    KP Oakland, CA 02-05-10 Member Since 2017

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "a good read!"

    Great book! I suppose one reason I say that is because I usually don't find myself drawn to non-fiction; it's just not compelling reading in general. HOWEVER, this book reads like a novel. I think it's in the category called "creative non-fiction." So the power of the story combined with the fact that it's TRUE make it a knock out. Another thing that makes the story so powerful is the way Eggers builds suspense. It starts in the beginning, but also there is a switch that takes place about half way through the book, and then the suspense and the drama really take off!! I also like the way the book makes such a powerful statement about parts of our country, but it does it through telling the story of ONE FAMILY. It is such a human, not a political, story, and that made all the difference for me. I previously read Eggers memoir and didn't like it, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Markey Browns Mills, NJ, United States 03-25-10
    Markey Browns Mills, NJ, United States 03-25-10
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    "Wasted Audio Credit"

    Based on a true story I expected this book to show some bravery and heroism. What I heard were stubborn people making very bad choices and then living with the results of their decisions. The book was also very contradictory in places. First making statements then proving those statements wrong later in the book. It was completely uninspiring from
    the writing to the storyline to the narration. Finally finishing the book I am actually still
    upset enough to write this review. Don't waste your time or Audio Credit, it's just not worth it.

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    Diana Clarke 09-11-17
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    "better than I expected"

    I love New Orleans. I've visited many times. After Katrina, the school I worked at ran numerous find raisers and staff joined rebuilding efforts. This book told aspects of that event from an intensely personal perspective. I enjoyed the writing and the portrayal of Muslims. I was shocked and sad about other parts of the story, but overall, it was very well done and narrated just right.

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    Alicia C Fajardo 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing"

    An amazing story where empathy and strong morals triumph and shine through darkness with the light of humanity.

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    Michael Kellyn Gross 12-10-16
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    "Hope after miscarriage of justice"

    This story wrenched my heart, but I loved the attention to detail and care Egger did with this family's horrific ordeal. Yet another instance of our government dehumanizing its citizenry in their time of great need, as it does with our military-prison-industrial complex. How police used FEMA money for these injustices reminds me of what North Dakota is doing at Standing Rock.

    All this aside, this story makes me want to meet Zeitoun's family.

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    Susan 10-01-16
    Susan 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very interesting"

    this was a very interesting listen in its exploration and depiction of hurrican Katrina.
    the reader did a good job,. the characters are very accessible

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    Imani 08-14-16
    Imani 08-14-16
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    It was a good, easy read. It had a few unnecessary stories, but good nevertheless.

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