Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.00 hours)
Product Number: Z100139538
Released: Jan 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525625704
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Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia's ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protege to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi's duplicity is discovered, he will be killed. For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he's even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what's become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget. In this riveting, unflinching tale of sacrifice and hope, critically-acclaimed author Natalie C. Anderson delivers another tour-de-force that will leave readers at the edge of their seats.

Author(s): Natalie C. Anderson
Original Publish Date: Jan 15, 2019

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Author(s): Natalie C. Anderson
Product Number EB00724390
Released: Jan 15, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780399547638

Professional reviews

"Narrator Kevin R. Free breathes dramatic urgency into Anderson's intense story about 15-year-old Abdi, who is forced to join the ruthless jihadi group al-Shabaab in Somalia. Free infuses his reading with raw emotion, giving each character a distinct voice--from the terrifying jihadi general's knife-edge roughness to the smooth, nasal drawl of the American black-ops agent. Alternating chapters take Abdi from Somalia to Kenya, where he is a refugee hiding at a girls' school. The female voices are equally compelling, but it is Abdi's quiet voice that makes this audiobook so painfully riveting. Listeners hear and feel Abdi's horror and numb, helpless despair at the atrocities he witnesses--and perpetrates--and we rejoice at his redemption. S.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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