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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Rusesabagina Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, the Oskar Schindler of Africa, refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than 12,000 members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes.

An Ordinary Man explores what the Academy Award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda could not: the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict. Rusesabagina tells for the first time the full story of his life, growing up as the son of a rural farmer, the child of a mixed marriage, his extraordinary career path which led him to become the first Rwandan manager of the Belgian-owned Hotel Milles Collines, all of which contributed to his heroic actions in the face of such horror. He will also bring the listener inside the hotel for those 100 terrible days depicted in the film, relating the anguish of those who watched as their loved ones were hacked to pieces and the betrayal that he felt as a result of the UN's refusal to help at this time of crisis.

Including never-before-reported details of the Rwandan genocide, An Ordinary Man is sure to become a classic of tolerance literature, joining such books as Thomas Keneally's Schindler's List, Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, and Elie Wiesel's Night. Paul Rusesabagina's autobiography is the story of one man who did not let fear get the better of him, a man who found within himself a vast reserve of courage and bravery, and showed the world how one ordinary man can become a hero. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/9/2014

    " I got exactly what I wanted from this book. I thought the film "Hotel Rwanda" told a great story, but it didn't tell it well. I don't think the film did justice to the story, so I got the book in the hopes that I would be able to get the story in a more appealing way. That is exactly what I got. While Rusesabagina isn't the most literary writer I've read, his account of the horrors of the Rwandan genocide is honest and straightforward. The end offers some poignant ruminations and an examination of evil that carries a lot of weight because of the writer's personal experiences. This book offers an amazing story told by the man who lived it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/27/2014

    " I recommend this book to everyone. It is inspiring, raw and gripping. You learn more than you thought you would about the genocide that took place in Rwanda and about the power of human communication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 1/26/2014

    " A great memoir of a great man. I got to meet Mr. Rusesabagina at a book signing he had at BYU after he gave a forum here. It was great to hear his experiences during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/9/2014

    " The end was the best when he discusses more of the nature of humankind liked that part. Really a heart wrenching story said it's not just that, a story. Interesting though to see how big of a role the media played in what had happened "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/9/2014

    " I read this book after watching Hotel Rwanda. The story is even more moving and courageous on paper "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ninny | 11/27/2013

    " Changed the way i thought about life. Completely compelling and I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 9/19/2013

    " If you want to know about the Rwandan genocide, this book along with Philip Gourevitch's We Wish To Inform You... will teach you everything you need to know. Beautifully written and easy to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/18/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. It was hard to read only because of the graphic nature of what happened to the people in Rwanda. It really makes you realize how quickly things can change for a country and how lucky we are to live where we live. But it is a good warning for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 London Litchfield | 1/12/2013

    " This is a fantastic book about an extraordinary man. I had previously seen the movie and really thought it was first rate. Now that I've read the story I've ordered the Hotel Rwanda again from Netflix. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/29/2012

    " Excellent! Paul Rusesabagina played an important role in saving lives of many people during the Rwandan Genocide. An amazing man, he has much to say that changed the way saw the world. it is a book about genocide but one you finish feeling good, hopeful for the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Carnie | 12/2/2012

    " This is a remarkable story from an incredibly humble man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/19/2012

    " I thought this was a very well written book. It goes to show you how easily people can be swayed... convinced of an idea that is totally ludicrous and only the strongest can maintain idependent thought and morals during these darkest of times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madelyn | 10/30/2012

    " Couldn't put it down. I must re-read Good News About Injustice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 7/27/2012

    " very good book about the rwandan genocide. paul rusesabagina, manager of the hotel des mille collines, saved almost 1300 of his countrymen from death by machete. quick read, sad, true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/10/2012

    " Paul was a hero, he does not doubt that, but he credits it to his people skills, not to his bravery or inner strength. This is one thing that makes his autobiography seem more real than others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/17/2011

    " I've always been intrigued by the Rwandan genocide and I (there is no way to say "enjoyed" this book) am glad I read this book. However, the author seems very bitter and it somewhat turns into a rant near the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 7/31/2011

    " Embarrassed by the response of the US, overwhelmed by a history I did not know. Moved by a man who thought he was ordinary and what he did. May I have so much courage if ever needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 7/11/2011

    " I was pretty enthralled with this book. Rusesabagina has an outlook that everyone should have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/27/2011

    " Audiobook version. Very, very good. Very sad and disturbing. The real story of 'Hotel Rwanda.' I don't think I can see the movie now. Amazing true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Briscoe | 5/18/2011

    " I believe this should be required reading for every human being. Profound wisdom and insight from an incredible man. A MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " Paul tells the tragedy of Rwanda with raw honesty; I still have not seen Hotel Rwanda. Anybody own a copy? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 5/15/2011

    " Great book. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 3/22/2011

    " Couldn't put it down, a riveting and chilling true story about the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and one man's quest to save a few lives and the difficulties he struggled with while doing it. I saw the film Hotel Rwanda when it came out and this book gives good background to that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/20/2011

    " Heart Wrenching. It reminds me of what is going on in Lybia and reminds me that although war is expensive sometimes it is necessary to preserve innocent lives. This book will caputre your attention and hold it for years to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 3/9/2011

    " I believe this should be required reading for every human being. Profound wisdom and insight from an incredible man. A MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/27/2011

    " A fantastic book providing a brief history of Rwanda's struggles, an overview of the tragedies in 1994, and his role in saving the lives of hundreds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/17/2010

    " Skimmed some but still, a really good book "

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