The Lost History of Stars

  • by Dave Boling
  • Narrated by Gemma Dawson
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In turn-of-the-century South Africa, 14-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie's father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions. Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling's grandfather's own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.


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Pronounciation uncomfortable

As a South African, I could not make it past the first chapter - the incorrect a pronounciation of "boer" and the Germanish accents for the boer women was jarring and prevented me from getting into the story. I will have to read the book the old fashioned way.
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Don't believe he hype- this narrative, if you can call it that, is awful. This is the most boring work of historical fiction that I have read in over a decade. So disappointing!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books