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The Fishermen Audiobook

The Fishermen

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Publisher's Summary

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria.

When their father has to work away, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers.

©2015 Chigozie Obioma (P)2015 Hachette

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    Roy Omahony Wolverhampton 20/01/2016
    Roy Omahony Wolverhampton 20/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent narrator"

    Good story well told. Harrowing and reply sad. Emotive unique. Wonderful to be immersed in the lives of a family in Nigeria even though the sadness so hard to bear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Fisher London, UK 14/07/2016
    Julie Fisher London, UK 14/07/2016 Member Since 2016

    Founder & Chief Bibliophile at The Joy Book Club

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    "The dangers of self-fulfilling prophecy lyrically told"

    This is a beautifully written book that is deep and meaningful, with a story that gripped me. Every time I had to put it down I desperately wanted to know what would happen next and continued to think about, and worry about, the characters.
    I also really enjoyed the reading given here. I'm new to audiobooks and thought this narration was perfect, just what I'm looking for from this medium.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MRS AUDREY MAWBY 29/06/2016
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    "A story of Nigerian country folk."

    I found the expert narration gave me an emotional experience of the life in Nigeria and and an understanding of the hopes and fears of the family. The boys were so loyal and affectionate that I felt I could forgive them for their misguided retribution for the hurt suffered by their brothers. Any parent will identify with the aspirations of these parents and their tragic suffering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CarolynHeather 12/04/2016
    CarolynHeather 12/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Tragic and sensitive"

    Highly recommended story of 4 brothers in Shakespearean style tragedy set in Nigeria. great performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MR C K GRAHAM 06/04/2016
    MR C K GRAHAM 06/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent narration stole the show"

    It won't be a memorable story, but the way it was narrated gave a realistic insight into the boys lives growing up in Nigeria, and the performance was first class. It kept me entertained until the end, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RK.London 23/03/2016
    RK.London 23/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A rich tale of brotherhood."

    Poetic and rich with metaphors, this tale of brotherly love is very engaging and beautifully narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda 17/10/2015
    Belinda 17/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good-it takes you away"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fishermen the most enjoyable?

    The book was set in a different time and place....the events were unravelled in a methodical way. The tensions built up were always in the right places.
    I just enjoyed it thoroughly.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Grainne 05/12/2015
    Grainne 05/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I had heard good things about this book but the story just didn't grab met


    What will your next listen be?

    A spool of blue thread


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Accented reader. This did make it more realistic but my attention tended to wander


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Not having read the book


    Any additional comments?

    None

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    . 26/11/2016
    . 26/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Shocking"
    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book because I was not only interested in hearing a story about a culture I do not know enough about, but because I found the narrator's voice beautiful. However, I was dismayed very quickly by the descriptive violence and plot, which led to graphic scenes of vivid carnage. I feel that Audible should give a warning. It may be that my distaste for violence has made me biased, and that this story is one that needs to be told. However, it is certainly not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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