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In Extremis

The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin
Narrated by: Lindsey Hilsum
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, written and read by Lindsey Hilsum.

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

"It has always seemed to me that what I write about is humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars." (Marie Colvin, 2001)

Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she reported from the most dangerous places in the world, fractured by conflict and genocide, going in further and staying longer than anyone else. In Sri Lanka in 2001, Marie was hit by a grenade and lost the sight in her left eye - resulting in her trademark eye patch - and in 2012 she was killed in Syria. Like her hero, the legendary reporter Martha Gellhorn, she sought to bear witness to the horrifying truths of war, to write ‘the first draft of history’ and, crucially, to shine a light on the suffering of ordinary people.

Written by fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, this is the story of the most daring war reporter of her age. Drawing on unpublished diaries and notebooks and interviews with Marie’s friends, family and colleagues, In Extremis is the story of our turbulent age and the life of a woman who defied convention.

©2018 Lindsey Hilsum (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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STUNNING

An absolute must not only for aspiring journalists but for anyone with a heartbeat. Marie Colvin put a face to the brutality of war. May her legacy echo for decades to come.

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A breath-taking adventure story

The story of a fascinating and courageous character and the storied life she chose. Full of adventure, romance, bohemian parties and delicious dialogue. The author does a great job of putting famous Marie Colvin tales into context by sketching out the conflicts that drew her into the battle zone. The author is a fellow war correspondent and is fully equipped to bring her story to life in technicolor. Marie Colvin’s compassion and sense of duty are contagious. Recommend!

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Dull reading

I was excited to download this book but sadly I’m going to give up listening to it.
The author reads it but sadly her voice and tone is really monotonous. She also swallows a lot of words with I hurt find irksome. It’s a bit like someone taking turns to read aloud in high school.
Sorry. Would have been better read by a voice actor.
I haven’t listened to enough to rate the story yet.

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  • Marguerite Leech
  • 01-15-19

An incredible book for an incredible woman.

I utterly loved this book. It made me smile and it made me cry but most of all, it made me feel. It made me feel despair, pain, regret, happiness, frustration, incredulity and awe. This has been my introduction to Marie Colvin and I will undoubtedly be reading (and watching) more about her. The book also acts as a very good overview summary of events in the middle-east and inspired me to find out more about that world. Lindsey Hilsum gave me this impression: Marie Colvin wasn't perfect but she lived and she cared and she fought to do what was right in this world. Having read this book, I will aim to do the same. There are worse things to do with your life after all.

P.S. Respect to all war correspondents.

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 03-07-19

An amazing life

This is a brilliant book. An amazing life, described beautifully. Unflinchingly honest without being salacious.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

An enthralling real life story

A well narrated, attention grabbing story about a complex woman who led an extraordinary life. I am looking forward to seeing the movie but always feel that the book tends to be better than the film! if you haven't purchased it already - go get it!

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  • Marianne Thomson
  • 01-05-19

Inspiring and addictive

Brilliant story and finished in one sitting, then revisited several times... excellent and am recommending to everyone

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  • Anne R. Blankson-Hemans
  • 01-03-19

Incredibly moving!

The story of a remarkable woman who was bent on reporting the truth. It’s funny in parts and heartbreaking in others. Makes you wonder what it is that motivates people to live such extreme (some would argue - foolhardy?) lives.
Marie was no saint; she was brave, stubborn, headstrong and unlucky in love but lived life to the full. However you look at it, this book tugs at your emotions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

powerful

This audio book gives you a wonderful insight into the life and career of an extraordinary person. her life at times just as chaotic as her work environment. it is a thrilling story to listen to, and I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-18

Excellent

Remarkable portrait of a remarkable woman by a remarkable woman. Also fascinating on recent wars and the toll it takes to be war correspondent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-19

Utterly inspiring read

This was an incredibly detailed account of the amazing, admirable, courageous life of Marie Colvin. It explains the history and context of the war scenes that she would enter throughout her life well and in a digestible manner. It highlighted to me the importance of journalists and war correspondents and how their role has changed over the period of Marie’s life, particularly those occupations in relation to being a woman. It pulls together an incredible array of voices who encountered her indicating the profound impact she had across the world. Although it covers the romantic life of Colvin throughout which initially felt unnecessary this builds up a well rounded picture of her capricious yet passionate character and which allows us to build emotion towards her. I felt very connected with her and her experiences and was totally heartbroken by the end of this audiobook. I think Lindsey Hilsum did a fantastic job of compiling what must have been a vast amount of material for this book.

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  • julia
  • 07-26-19

dreadful

great story about a wonderful woman and hero but ruined by the writer/narrator's voice ....simply can't listen to it. Ive tried hard but had to give up.

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  • S.Flood
  • 07-02-19

Gripping, poignant. The well told story of modern hero.

Can’t rate this book highly enough. Marie was a complicated flawed deeply thoughtful chronicler. She risked her life to tell the story of the most desperate of humanity. She placed a mirror on our modern political structures showing them up in all their corrupt and ugly form. She is / was a heroine to so many and oh so human. Thank you Lindsey for an amazing read.

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  • Mad cow
  • 02-12-19

Hard to follow

Interesting but skips over and over as read in other reviews
Good listen but need to focus