The Illegal

  • by Lawrence Hill
  • Narrated by Gideon Emery
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Keita Ali has nothing: no bank account, no papers, no legal identity. A runner, he has fled home - a brutal dictatorship that produces the world's fastest marathoners - to live as an illegal refugee in a wealthy Western nation, surviving on winnings from local races. But the government is cracking down on illegal immigrants, so Keita - who will be executed if he is deported to his homeland - goes underground.
Now a series of crises call for him to earn quick money: an unscrupulous businessman targets him, a serious health problem erupts, and, most troublingly, officials in Keita's native country kidnap his sister, threatening to execute her unless he pays a ransom. As Keita struggles to resolve these problems, he discovers a troubling political connection between his native and his adoptive countries.
The Illegal is a rich, riveting novel that weaves a complex moral and psychological web.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

great story, questionable narrator

Well written and very good commentary on the perception of refugees and immigration. however, the majority of the characters are black and have backgrounds stemming from Africa yet the narrator is a white British man. It would have made a better impact and a lot more sense if the narrator was black or mixed with a range of different African accents.

Not that I'm offended but that detail took me out of the story many times.
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- Cesar Ghisilieri Photography


The book of negroes is one of my favourite books, but this book fell flat for me. The premise of the book was interesting but the story felt under developed, the plot was predictable and the characters were not very believable. I was surprised by how much I disliked this book. In less eloquent terms, this book was a "meh".
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- Lynsey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books