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2.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 5 2.92 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ceridwen Dovey Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781440742996
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Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel is a stunning literary achievement and an acute character study of three men held captive after a military coup. All linked closely with the deposed president, the portraitist longs for his pregnant wife, the chef takes solace in preparing meals for the new regime, and the barber lives with the knowledge that he’d often held a razor to the throat of the man responsible for his brother’s death. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Newman | 2/10/2014

    " This is a quirky book told from different voices. I had high hopes and it didn't live up to them. It's a thin volume and somewhat entertaining with a couple unexpected twists but not a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania James | 1/30/2014

    " Oof, this book ended with three swift punches to the gut. A beautiful, terrifying book all around and not a sentence goes to waste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiah | 1/19/2014

    " Stayed up late, despite being ill, so I could finish it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jdevoss | 1/18/2014

    " Almost didn't make it through. The author has a very poor view of women - of the three main female characters two are borderline sociopaths and the other is a subservient domestic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/13/2014

    " Another nameless country has a coup, and the current President's barber, portraitist and chef are taken prisoner. Their stories are the first part of the book, the women in their lives' stories are the second part, and the third...well, you'll just have to see for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/29/2013

    " I didn't want to like this book because I was jealous that the author was only 27 years old and pretty and a PhD student and a first-time novelist, but ... um, it was awesome. Read it in two days. And HELL YEAH free review copies :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 12/13/2013

    " Interesting read about a coup in a South African country. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 11/19/2013

    " This is a story of sexual desire in a world of limited freedom. The characters are pretentiously identified by their professional titles. Dovey has an elegant descriptive style, but I would not read her again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/16/2013

    " Excellent. A tale of the peripheral actors in a coup, and of how things change yet stay the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Purvi | 9/26/2013

    " The writing in this book is beautiful, the storytelling not so much. Dovey deftly develops all the voices in the book, and packs a lot of character in such a slim book, but the ending really disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 9/14/2013

    " It was ok..nothing great. Did I learn about humanity? Nope, hard to see oneself in the characters...was I entertained Yeswith some chapters being more interesting then others "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Emmons | 6/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I grabbed it from a sale rack as I was rushing so I didn't get what I was expecting. LOL but I'm glad it ended up at my house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnna Studer | 4/10/2013

    " This book is the reason I read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 7/17/2012

    " The full book wasn't nearly as intriguing as the excerpt she read at 5 Under 35. I wanted this to be compelling, but I just got bored and couldn't finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Gawryla | 9/22/2011

    " This book sounded good. It's the author's first book. There's some animal violence (which disturbed me). I think if the author were more experienced this could have been a better book. It just wasn't that enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roslyn | 8/8/2011

    " Three narrators tell their tales of involvement in a cruel dictatorship. Interesting insights into the workings of power and corruption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Purvi | 5/15/2011

    " The writing in this book is beautiful, the storytelling not so much. Dovey deftly develops all the voices in the book, and packs a lot of character in such a slim book, but the ending really disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/9/2011

    " It was a decent read, but definitely something missing. If the synopsis of the book interests you, find a copy of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto instead. It's much better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 11/16/2010

    " This is a story of sexual desire in a world of limited freedom. The characters are pretentiously identified by their professional titles. Dovey has an elegant descriptive style, but I would not read her again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 8/13/2010

    " Interesting concept, but altogether nothing groundbreaking. The endings, which should have seemed shocking or at least moving, came across as predictable. The writing was a bit too blase, and thusly rendered dull what should have been tense and world changing events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 8/10/2010

    " allegorical story of power, politics and corruption. everything's hunky dory till the shit comes down, then it just looks ugly and corrupted like it was all along. funny, dreamy style like Vargas Llosa, Grushin, and Galchen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Selena | 7/12/2010

    " Writing was not bad, was just bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/24/2010

    " This is a quirky book told from different voices. I had high hopes and it didn't live up to them. It's a thin volume and somewhat entertaining with a couple unexpected twists but not a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/23/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. I grabbed it from a sale rack as I was rushing so I didn't get what I was expecting. LOL but I'm glad it ended up at my house. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 11/17/2009

    " The full book wasn't nearly as intriguing as the excerpt she read at 5 Under 35. I wanted this to be compelling, but I just got bored and couldn't finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 AG | 10/17/2009

    " Oops Viking! You meant to put out an actual novel but accidentally published J.M. Coetzee's used toilet paper. "

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