A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
Original Publish Date: Mar 20, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100124632
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427202314
Narrator/s: Ishmael Beah
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Please log in to view pricing


This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived. In A Long Way Gone Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story in his own words: how, at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Ishmael Beah
Product Number EB00102228
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374706524

Professional reviews

"Ishmael Beah was just 11 when civil war ripped apart Sierra Leone and killed his parents and brothers. He became one of tens of thousands of child soldiers in that conflict, and in this disturbing memoir he describes how he survived almost three years of hell. He killed countless people, both in battle and by execution, all before he turned 16. He tells his story without self-pity or apology as he explains how he eventually came to understand that what happened was not his fault. Beah is not a trained narrator, and his accent is occasionally difficult to understand, but it's impossible to imagine how anyone else could read this intensely personal story with more power than he does. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter