• When the Stars Fall to Earth

  • A Novel of Africa
  • By: Rebecca Tinsley
  • Narrated by: Holly Villaire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-21-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the Stars Fall to Earth is the story of five young Darfuris trying to make sense of their changing world in a time of war. Their lives come together in a tale of love and loss, self-reliance and courage, fear and violence. They overcome the ultimate challenge: to become proud survivors with a future rather than defeated victims, despite the tragedy enveloping them.
Based on true stories told to human-rights journalist and activist Rebecca Tinsley. Ms. Tinsley has worked in nine African countries. Together with her husband, Henry, she was asked by President and Mrs. Carter to found the Carter Center UK. She is a tireless advocate for human rights around the world. 50% of all proceeds from this audiobook are donated to Network for Africa's projects with survivors of genocide.
©2011 Rebecca Tinsley (P)2013 Hamm & Clov Stage Company
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Critic Reviews

"Young people in Darfur have had their lives stolen away from them whilst the world has watched. Rebecca's book takes us on their journey and lets us listen to their unbelievable stories, encouraging all of us to act to ensure that the people of Darfur can live in peace and dignity." (Sir Richard Branson)
"[Rebecca Tinsley's] book When the Stars Fall to Earth is a gripping, honest, and ultimately life-changing tale. It is a wake-up call to all who read it, and a reminder that the worst sin we as Americans and Westerners can commit is to turn away, close our eyes and ears, and fail to act in the face of such suffering." (Kathleen Tobin Krueger, wife of Ambassador Robert Krueger)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By P. Burdge on 04-17-13

International Disgrace: Our Disinterest in Darfur

I chose this listen because the situation in Darfur has dropped off the radar again, and I was curious to learn more. I knew that there is now a North Sudan and a South Sudan, but this story tells so much more - how it came to be and describes the lives of families who have endured the unbelievable horror in which these people live.

Why DON'T we care? Is it because it is a civil war between mostly Arab Muslims in the north of Sudan and Black African Muslims in the south?

I am ashamed and appalled that the international community essentially continues to ignore the devastation in the Sudan.

Be warned, this book is graphic and the truth is not pretty to hear.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Rochelle on 01-05-14


I really wanted to read this to learn more about the situation in Darfur. I enjoy supplementing news & non-fiction with fiction stories as they can provide wonderful perspective when the author has spent time in the country as Rebecca Tinsley has.

This was listed under literature, which it certainly isn't. The language used to tell the story seems childlike - not simple in a good way. In fact sometimes there is too much.

I felt unable to relate to any of the characters, or to feel anything for them. All I felt was annoyance with the author for having done such a poor job of telling their story. Her characters deserved better from her.

The issues the book is dealing with are incredibly important & need to be told. But this is not the author for the job. For good examples I'd suggested Katherine Boo (non-fiction), Khaled Hosseini and Anthony Marra.

The sound quality of the recording was fine. The voices chosen for the characters were not great. Some of the voices sounded so unrealistic it made connecting with the character even harder. It distracted even further from the poor writing. From both a story & narrative perspective it felt like listening to a children's book.

Overall this was a particular letdown as I am not aware of any other fiction based around the issues in Darfur. This is it & it doesn't live up to expectations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny Davidson on 07-04-13

brilliantly written and totally engaging

Where does When the Stars Fall to Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks I have listened to, very engaging, very moving, well read

What did you like best about this story?

The reality of the stories, interwoven but individualistic. Hard to listen to at times but reality of the devastation that humans inflict upon each other should never be an easy read. Enough detail to make it personal but not media style over emotive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

A very well written and read book. Credit to the author and those with the courage to tell their stories.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 03-27-13

When the Stars Fall to Earth - what do YOU do?

Well, some brave souls try and put them back in the sky. And some clever souls then manage to write about it. Make no mistake, this is no easy read, but it is a well-written, full-on and engaging account of the horrors that happen to minorities, especially women, when an authoritarian, ruthless and inhumane regime takes power and abuses it. It's a duty to read it. It's then a duty to do something about it, however great or small. Put your own little star back in the sky.

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