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I listened to this for my bookclub. I am not sure if the author reading it herself was what made it fall flat for me or if I just didn't like her writing. The topic was interesting but her writing didn't compell me to keep listening- I only finished it because I had to. First off the beginning was extremely boring and should have been edited better. The history lesson was great but the repetitive descriptions of child's play was snooze worthy. The horrific experience of her mother at the hands of the soldiers was not infused with the emotion that it must have generated. There is no passion in her writing and it was hard to believe that she is such a successful journalist. The only 2 people in the book I felt any sympathy for was her mom and of course her adopted sister Eunis. Helene had a privileged childhood and became a privileged American. Despite the tragedy of her family she survived and thrived and I really wanted to connect with her, however her writing didnt allow it to happen.
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Helene Cooper has basically written an autobiography set in Liberia. Her voice, especially when she uses Liberian English, is wonderful. This book covers history of Liberia, which is little known to most Americans. She is a journalist and perhaps that is why the words flow so smoothly. I highly recommend this as a book more enjoyable to listen to than to read just to fall under the spell of her cadence.
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