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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mal Peet Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781455800636
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Winner of the 2009 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet takes a searing look at the world of soccer and pop-celebrity culture—and the lives of three street kids caught in its glare.

When a black South American soccer star signs on to a team in the country's racist south, headlines blare. And when he falls for the sensual Desmerelda, a stunning white pop singer and daughter of a wealthy politician, their sudden and controversial marriage propels the pair to center stage, where they burn in the media spotlight. But celebrity attracts enemies; some very close to home. And its dazzle reaches into the city's hidden corners, exposing a life of grit and desperation the glitterati could never imagine. When a girl is found murdered, reporter Paul Faustino is caught between worlds as he witnesses the power of the media in making—and breaking—lives. Inspired by Shakespeare's Othello, this modern tragedy of desire and betrayal, incisively and compassionately told, is a truly enthralling work of crossover fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peet’s prose is both lyrical and unflinching”

    Booklist

  • “Brilliantly explores the inequalities within society and the dangers of success.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “Clever, funny, moving and superbly well written”

    The Times (UK)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 12/21/2013

    " Some of this story follows Othello so closely (such as the names) that the ending threw me off. However, I liked the fact I didn't predict the ending. I'll stop with that so I don't spoil the ending for others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandee Terry | 11/22/2013

    " Not a bad book but I'll take the original (Shakespear's Othello) over this any day. I like the idea of a retake on such a well known story but this was lacking in character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ola | 6/9/2013

    " Great book about South American soccer and its danger. Soccer players all around will love this story of a star's life after a trade. Twists throughout will make you rethink sports all over the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/22/2013

    " Started really well but there was no satisfactory conclusion to the end of the story it just kind of petered out...very disappointing was looking forward to recommending this to my students! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammy Gutierrez | 6/18/2012

    " woah! talk about crazy suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julien Darsses | 2/8/2012

    " This book was an mazing addition to the paul faustino collection. The book kept me on edge as a soccer fan and as a reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dma | 8/18/2011

    " Thought this would be better than it was. Interesting story but some of the main characters were under developed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 7/25/2011

    " There's no doubt that Mal Peet is a terrific writer, but there's something disjointed, slightly wrong about the plot and setting of these Paul Faustino books. Can't quite put my finger on it, a great read, but not an entirely pleasant or satisfying one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 6/27/2011

    " This was a disappointment. The auther did such a great job with "Keeper", but I gave up on this one about half way through and quickly scanned the last of the book. The story was improbabale and not well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 12/31/2010

    " Modern version of Shakespeare's Othello. Nicely done. Really loved it. Got me hooked from beginning to end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leon | 12/19/2010

    " Highly descriptive and a captivating story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2010

    " I thought there would be more actual soccer-ness... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandee | 6/4/2010

    " Not a bad book but I'll take the original (Shakespear's Othello) over this any day. I like the idea of a retake on such a well known story but this was lacking in character development. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 12/1/2009

    " This was a disappointment. The auther did such a great job with "Keeper", but I gave up on this one about half way through and quickly scanned the last of the book. The story was improbabale and not well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/20/2009

    " Started really well but there was no satisfactory conclusion to the end of the story it just kind of petered out...very disappointing was looking forward to recommending this to my students!
    "

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About the Author
Author Mal PeetMal Peet published his first novel, Keeper, in 2003. It was translated into several languages and won the Branford Boase Award. He next won the Carnegie Medal in 2005 and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2009, as well as a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor in 2012 for Life: An Exploded Diagram. Born in Norfolk, England, in 1947, Mal Peet died in 2015.
About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.