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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: asne Seierstad Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Bookseller of Kabul paints a stunning and intimate portrait of Baghdad under siege.

From January until April 2003, for 101 days, Asne Seierstad worked as a reporter in Bagdad for Scandinavian, German, and Dutch media. Through her articles and live television coverage she reported on the events in Iraq before, during, and after the attacks by the American and British forces.

But Seierstad was after a story far less obvious than the military invasion. From the moment she arrived in Baghdad, Seierstad was determined to understand the modern secrets of an ancient place and to find out how the Iraqi people really live.

In A Hundred & One Days, she introduces us to daily life under the constant threat of attack, first from the Iraqi government and later from American bombs. Moving from the deafening silence of life under Hussein to the explosions that destroyed the power supply, the water supply, and security, Seierstad sets out to discover: What happens to people when the dam bursts? What do they choose to say when they can suddenly say what they like? What do they miss most when their world changes overnight?

Displaying the novelist's eye and lyrical storytelling that have won her awards around the world, Seierstad here brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters to tell the stories we never see on the evening news. The only woman in the world to cover both the fall of Kabul in 2001 and the bombings of Baghdad in 2003, Asne Seierstad has redefined war reporting with her mesmerizing book. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/8/2014

    " It's not a revealing piece but anytime you read an account from the middle east you're kind of thrown by the vastly different experiences of day to day life. And there are some moments where you can't imagine the courage, bravado that it took to not just be a journalist but also a civilian there. Very interesting reading, especially since it's from a non US journalist. Provides an interesting look at the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/24/2013

    " Before, during and after the invasion of Iraq by the author of the Bookseller of Kabul. She is lyrical when reporting on ordinary Iraqs. She reports the hell and fear of wartime. Difficult but important book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/14/2013

    " "Once upon a time there were two friends... The friends stood side by side when the statue fell. They both cried. One's cheek was wet with sadness, the other's shone with tears of gladness... One insisted the country was invaded, the other that it was liberated..." Asne Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, spends 101 days in Baghdad... before, during and after the American invasion. She essentially journals her stay while searching for her story. She wants to write something more in-depth than what is reported in the news... something about the people... what do they think... how do they live? This is a compelling book; definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/6/2013

    " Seierstad's account of the days leading up to the Iraq war and after is a must read, in my opinion. I feel like I learned so much from this book. I've never been a supporter of the Iraq war but this book really opened my eyes to how the Iraqi people must have felt then. Some parts of the book were just horrific, detailing civilian deaths and bringing to light a side of war that isn't often portrayed on the news. While it's clear that Seierstand is against the war, I think she did an excellent job sharing her story in an unbiased objective way, just as a journalist should. Another great book by this author, I look forward to reading more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nytecaptive | 11/4/2013

    " This is a great read and reporting of behind the scenes while Saddam was still in power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuuli Platner | 10/31/2013

    " Loved the writing style - it really helped to transport myself to Baghdad, and presented a new, eye-opening side to the conflict and the people involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 10/3/2013

    " Interesting read about the war in Iraq from a Norwegian journalist's perspective. VERY informative!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/23/2013

    " A Norwegian journalist who spent 101 days in Baghdad before, during, and after initiation of coalition attack on Iraq in 3/2003 tries to reach a silenced population. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chorvelynne | 2/25/2013

    " Wonderfully written and it's like my entire notion of Baghdad is changed. I also found it interesting and very exciting to read from a reporter's point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Silvana | 9/24/2012

    " Her other books were a lot more mind grabbing ..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim D | 9/13/2012

    " Not nearly as charming as Bookseller of Kabul. Half the memoir describes the author's near desperate attempts to smuggle herself INTO Iraq, and the other half hiding in the hotel under attack. It was an almost pathetic, pathological need to insert oneself into the geography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aida | 9/10/2012

    " I hate wars! All kind of wars! This book is an eye opening, telling the truth of what American soldiers did to the Iraqi civilians... I repeat CIVILIANS! I wonder how would the world react if it happened vice versa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reality | 8/10/2012

    " Most thought provoking and enlightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 6/25/2012

    " An eye opening looking into the world of war, and those involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 5/27/2012

    " Seierstad (The Bookseller of Kabul) reports from Bagdad just before and after the war starts in Iraq. As sad and ugly as I thought it would be - the comments from the civilians and the soldiers are interesting. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henrietta | 11/10/2011

    " A fascinating read about the run - up to the war in Iraq and the "collateral damage" that seems so unimportant to most elected officials. The author brings you to Baghdad in a way that most journalists miss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dinah Mellin | 10/20/2011

    " Fabulous to read the inside story about what happened in that country right before the fall of Sadam Hussein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antje23 | 10/13/2011

    " A very good perspective from an un-biased viewpoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/9/2011

    " Unbiased description of Iraq in crisis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesandre | 9/8/2011

    " It was surprising to read that some Iraqis initially welcomed the American insurgence. Descriptions of infrastructure and government made me realize that Saddam was like Mao. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuuli | 6/30/2011

    " Loved the writing style - it really helped to transport myself to Baghdad, and presented a new, eye-opening side to the conflict and the people involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dinah | 1/12/2011

    " Fabulous to read the inside story about what happened in that country right before the fall of Sadam Hussein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Carolina | 12/27/2010

    " I really don't like her style, but the story is nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/16/2010

    " A good look at the months leading up to the current Iraq war by a Dutch journalist. Also, the first month or so after it starts. It shows just how cruel Sadam Hussein was to his people for so many years but also how trigger happy the US troops were once they arrived. Worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/27/2010

    " Hard hitting account of the human face of suffering in Baghdad. style is very easy to read and a very humane point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di | 1/2/2010

    " An interesting inside view from a journalist inside Baghdad during Bush's mad war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 8/10/2009

    " Reading this now..this is a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking book on the war in Iraq, from a journalist who stayed throughout the worst days of the military invasion in 2003. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/13/2009

    " No wonder the world criticizes the US. We came into Beirut guns blazing. Interesting story from an outsider's perspective. "

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About the Author

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning journalist who has reported from such war-torn regions as Chechnya, China, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The author of A Hundred and One Days as well as The Bookseller of Kabul, she lives in Norway.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.