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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Phyllis | 2/9/2014

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

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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.