Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted at age 14 in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in Uganda's decades-long civil war. Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers but never stops dreaming of escape.
The story continues 20 years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.
Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening audiobook about a boy's unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.
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"Powerful writing based on the real life of Ricky Anywar is heightened by narrator Kevin R. Free's dramatic reading. Free's use of an African accent carries readers to the Ugandan setting and the stories of two characters - one real, one fictional." (AudioFile)
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Gripping, emotion-inducing story
This is, by far, my favorite audio book I have listened to. Not only is the story well told, but the narration is wonderful.
When Samuel realizes that the kind man is Ricky.
I have not, but plan to now!
The story you need to know.
Wow! Just wow! The author did an amazing job telling the gripping story of Ricky's life as an abductee and rebel within the LRA. By weaving in the more uplifting story of Samuel, the story comes to life in a very unusual manner and creates even more emotion in the reader/listener. Congrats to Keely!
This is my first audio book by Kevin R. Free, and I was thoroughly impressed with how he brought feelings to life. I plan to listen to other books he has narrated.