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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Paton Narrator: Charles Johnson Publisher: Listener's Digest Inc. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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In Cry, the Beloved Country, a Zulu pastor travels in search of his son throughout a troubled and dangerous South Africa in the early 1940s.

Compassionate, empathetic, and deeply moving, this tale of love and concern captures the imagination and brings to life the cost of conviction and the price of sacrifice. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/18/2014

    " Absolutely wonderful audiobook~~! I highly recommend in audio-form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Woodbury | 2/11/2014

    " Now one of my all time favorite books! Beautiful writing, beautiful characters, beautiful story, and beautiful nuggets of truth and wisdom woven throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Pitcher | 2/11/2014

    " A very spiritual read, dark but ultimately uplifting. I read it to prepare myself to see Kurt Weill's opera adaptation "Lost in the Stars". Favorite quote refering to the white rulers: "I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find that we are turned to hating." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 the kids | 2/2/2014

    " Hewby says that he luvs this book soooooo much. it is his fave book ever he read many many times. he loves how mr. paton writes the quotes and things. this is his fave book!!!!!!! he recominds it very much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/28/2014

    " I was required to read this in high school but got so much more from it reading it as an adult. It is a classic and a great book for discussion in a book club. I strongly suggest everyone read this before DEATH!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/26/2014

    " Somehow I never got around to reading this decades ago when it was popular. It is so beautiful, and such a sweet, sad story of Africa and the deep, deep wounds of colonialism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Swartz | 1/20/2014

    " Many students in my class did not appreciate this book. I, however, loved how it gives two perspectives with astonishing detail. The book is long and tedious, but it is worth it by the end. Paton's words easily drift off from the pages and leave an imprint on your mind. I would even read this novel again, if I had the time. That is just how well-written Cry, the Beloved Country is. "

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

    " This was a very informative and touching story. I learned much about a previously unknown part of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Loomis | 12/7/2013

    " Beautiful story balancing mercy and justice, redemption and forgiveness. One of my top five books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jawkneeeye | 11/27/2013

    " My eisenhower supporter aunt suggested ths "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 10/7/2013

    " Gloriously written; the politics is almost an afterthought. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beto | 8/30/2013

    " Nice short history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/20/2013

    " not many books are as tenderly crafted as this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Mills | 6/28/2013

    " *weeps* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Trustram | 12/23/2012

    " A classic. Beautifully written and a very emotional bond connected with the characters. I was sorry when it finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisitn | 12/5/2012

    " Such a great story, this story gives you a look into a completely different culture while it relates to so many values that still hold true today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Baldizon | 10/10/2012

    " I liked being transported to Africa and walking around in Kumalo shoes, this book made me want to call our pastor Umfundi's (sp?) and I really liked all the other language intermixing. Not my favorite book but a great look at South Africa culture and social situations along with good writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sera | 9/29/2012

    " I first read this in high school and I remember loving the way it was written. It was my first introduction to South Africa and apartheid. It was interesting to re-reading it now that I've lived in Namibia (under South African rule, it too was under apartheid) and traveled in South Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Sudick | 9/8/2012

    " While the book is beautifully written, and is full of emotion, it is certainly one of the more boring books I have read. I simply wish that there had been more of an adventure. It needed more life, and was extremely dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 4/3/2012

    " Told from the perspective of an elderly clergyman who is concerned about the well being of his family and Zulu tribe, this story travels into Johannesburg in the 1940s and then back again to the country. Great story about South Africa before apartheid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Lee | 9/18/2011

    " Absolutely beautiful. The novel talks about Apartheid in South Africa and touches on all the aspects in a poetic poignant manner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Elliott | 8/29/2011

    " An enduring classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale | 7/22/2011

    " I read this many years ago and no longer remember the story except that it gripped me. I must read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manar | 6/20/2011

    " Novel as beautiful and impressive.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabella | 6/16/2011

    " A little dull but the message really hits home. It shed a lot of light on the historical accuracy in South Africa. There is a lot of patterns of family, friendship, ect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this book, it took me to Africa and had me living there while I was reading the book. It's was nice to know that others have national pride even though there country and circumstances aren't the best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 6/9/2011

    " HATED reading this book. Apartheid is such a deep subject for a sophomore in HS to truly understand and process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/9/2011

    " Set in 1940s in South Africa this is a good representation of the challenges of a society upended by change and how people even through tragedy can change their own outlooks and the policies of others for the greater good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrisanne | 6/8/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. The diction is moving and beautiful, and Paton's social commentary is subtle yet powerful. It's what first made me interested in social justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 6/6/2011

    " Loved this book. Beautifully written. Beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/5/2011

    " Fantastic book, I learned so much about South Africa prior to Apartheid. The story was tragic and had alot of symbolism from the authors life. He delved into very deep issues of race, politics, religion and family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 6/3/2011

    " I remember reading this at SAS. I believe it was my V Form year, but I am not certain. I do not recall the story.

    I was reminded of this book just now from the FB feed of the school. Apparently, nearly 30 years later, it is the all-school reading selection this year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 6/2/2011

    " Now I know why I didn't finish it when I first tried to read it. So difficult to get through. "

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About the Author
Author Alan Paton

Alan Paton (1903–1988), South African novelist and humanitarian worker, was born in 1903 in Pietermaritzburg in the province of Natal, South Africa. After attending Pietermaritzburg College and Natal University, he taught school for three years in the rural village of Ixopo, the setting for Cry, the Beloved Country.