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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (635 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maaza Mengiste Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement---a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction before. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath the Lion's Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/19/2014

    " This books was really slow for me. I wasn't connecting with the characters, the story, the writing, then boom, at around 60%, I was like, holy moly, connected. Pretty much because things started happening. For the first part of the book, it was this: Doctor, his family, some sadness because of the doctor's wife's death, and drama because of unrest in the country and the family's disagreements about it. Normal. (Except the parts where...I'm only vaguely remembering this now...the wife was dreaming? Or going to the other side? It was surreal and didn't fit well.) Then all hell breaks loose, which yes, tends to happen with revolutions. There are secrets, torture, death. And it sounds like I'm greedily rubbing my hands together like, "Wheeeee, secrets, torture, death!", but I'm not. It's terrible and gripping and moving. But, dang, did we have to wait that long to get there? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 2/16/2014

    " This book was set at the time of the 1947 revolution and the overthrow of Haile Salassie's reign. It focuses on a family that is torn apart by the events occuring around them, with one son caught up in the revoution and the other more passive. And the father, who is a doctor, is caught up in his own way, trying to do right in the chaos of violence all around, mcuh with little rhyme or reason. It is a moving account about this time, and gives you an idea of what the people of Ethiopia have lived through. I found it very interesting, at times heart-breaking. So much goes on around us that we don't understand or imagine, and this is one book that brings us a frightening glimpse of a world beyond ourselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nnedi | 2/12/2014

    " I loved the characters and the setting was highly compelling. But I needed more plot. I really really needed more of a plot. You've got to have something happen, and that has to be shown as it's happening. Too many time whenever there was movement in the plot it was shown as FLASHBACK. 8-|. No. "

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

    " Years of terror in Ethiopia following revolution against monarchy tear people and families apart. "

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

    " Well written and informative, but at times too slow in pace to keep me on track. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roykate | 2/5/2014

    " This is a heavy book. I loved the character development, how the story wove together, the writing style. I found it to be a very emotional book, which I didn't necessarily expect. I think it touched me particularly because of the ties I have to Ethiopia, as my son was born there and some of his family likely endured this regime. It is fairly graphic at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Rawls | 1/30/2014

    " A beautifully written book about a horribly brutal period. Hard, haunting read and one that taught me about an unfamiliar period in Ethiopia as well as the strength of human connection. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leora | 1/22/2014

    " Couldn't really get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peebee | 1/20/2014

    " I think I've read too much historical fiction/war/torture books recently. This put me over the edge, and now I can't bring myself to read another one that's due at the library this week. It was well-written, but boy, was it dark. I didn't know much about Ethiopia in the 70s, and the overthrow of the country's emperor, so I did learn something about that from reading this book. I'm going to need to read some frothy chick lit for a while, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Henn | 1/20/2014

    " 11/10 Well written novel. Based on the Ethiopian revolution that begin in 1974 and collapsed in 1991. The author did a good job of describing the feelings of people caught on both sides of a revolution and the level of human tragedy when ideologies are enforced with terror and force. Sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blazenka | 1/17/2014

    " learn a lot about Etiopia's history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 11/11/2013

    " 2.5 really did not skim through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/9/2013

    " A tough one...as a doctor it raises a lot of questions about the humanity of what we do, or what we try to do...very thought provoking and disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/2/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was such hard reading because it was so depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathidfsmc | 3/18/2013

    " For me, this was an amazing book. It was difficult to read because the family endured so much tragedy I know this was fiction but I felt the author told the story of one family and the impact of the political situation on them very realistically. It was very beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 4/18/2012

    " Like any great survival story you HAVE to find out what happens to this family at struggle during Ethiopia's Red Terror...a tale of torture, love and, most importantly, endurance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 8/26/2011

    " I sadly missed seeing Maaza Mengiste when she came to OU for a World Literature Today event, and April was a terrible month more generally for reading, but now that the semester is ending I finally went back to this book; glad I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecile | 8/9/2011

    " Not often do you read a book that you know will stay with you for weeks, months or maybe years after you read it. This book is one of those. An unbelievable story about a horrible moment in world history. Beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 8/3/2011

    " What a rotten ending. No wrap-up at all. I think she just decided she was done with the book and stopped writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 7/20/2011

    " A gripper, must read for knowledge of Ethiopian struggle and horrors and nobility. "

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

    " Gripping yet depressing. Is there no limit to how cruel can people be to each other? I didn't want to keep reading but couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/3/2011

    " i actually held my breath during pages of this book. i loved her imaginative rendering of selassie.
    at times character flatten into types. and i feel this could have been better edited.

    the writing occasionally gets bad. but i stopped noticing as the story unfolded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 4/19/2011

    " could not put it down...it was very well written and engaging. "

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

    " This is the story of a family in Ethopia and their experiences living their lives under a dictatorship that shows no mercy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 4/3/2011

    " A page turning book of the revolution in Ethiopia. Historical Fiction. At times very graphic, but I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevi | 3/21/2011

    " A fascinating novel that explores the 1974 revolution in Ethiopia. It heightened my worries and fears about our involvement in revolutions/civil wars in other countries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 1/30/2011

    " Sad but educational book about the revolution in Ethiopia. Where was I when this was happening? The historical part is interesting. Hated the cruelty to children covered in this book. It was difficult to read. Had to read lighter fare between readings of chapters in this book. "

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About the Author

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named “New Literary Idol” by New York magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.