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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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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.

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Tragic and sensitive

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

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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.

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Absolutely enthralling

I really loved listening to this while studying the text, which was brought to life.

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A very, very good read.

A gripping, touching story. Could not put it down. The excellent narration brought the characters to life.

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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.

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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.

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Way to slow.

Too many flashbacks within flashbacks, and endless methaphors, which is a shame becouse there are some parts I like.

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Great listen, though too slow

The book was great especially with Nigerian nuances. However, I found the build up too slow because of too many past references

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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.


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  • 19-02-20

Evocative book

I really like that you are drawn to the setting, you are drawn to the African town that it is setting. I find that you are transported to the boys lives. Do you understand their desires and their passions. Sometimes you even feel their stress.

I would recommend this book to people who are interested in Nigeria and Africa.