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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fabio Geda Narrator: Mir Waiss Najibi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307944191
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What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?
 
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often publishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old.
 
Here Fabio Geda delivers the moving true story of Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and of the accidental brotherhood he found with the boys he met along the way. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s engaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epic story of hope and survival, for readers of all ages.

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  • Inspiring O Magazine
  • This gripping, strangely sweet tale....captures the young man’s open-hearted tone just right.....Reading of Akbari’s efforts to find a better life — alone and at an age when children in our country can’t even drive yet — will leave you shaken, but his resilient joy leavens the story even when he’s toiling for 90 hours a week at dangerous work in a locked warehouse, crossing the snow-covered mountains from Iran to Turkey on foot, or hiding in the false bottom of a truck “like grains of rice squeezed in someone’s hand.” The lovely rapport between Akbari and Geda comes across now and then when the journalist interrupts to prod him for more detail, gently reminding him just how extraordinary his experience is. The Washington Post    
  • Reminds us that Afghanistan’s current woes did not begin with the American invasion of 2001....And so it goes on, almost unimaginable horrors related with a lack of sentiment and bombast....[a] remarkable story The Financial Times
  • Geda does a wonderful job of creating a voice for Enaiatollah that matures subtly, becoming sharper with every mishap but never losing the ability to make the best of a situation....for all the hardship, In The Sea is full of wit and the book is really about determination...moving The Guardian
  • An intriguing story.....[and] understated sense of humor, even when he recalls horrible scenes....quite dramatic Boston Globe
  • In Geda's hands Enaiatollah's story is a riveting and fast read, one that dips into emotional and physical violence but surfaces in a splash of redemption and humanity and hope. Adult readers will be gripped by the tale, as will young adult readers. Denver Post
  • Remarkable....exquisitely rendered and completely free from pride or self-pity. This book will break your heart at the same time that it is lifting your spirit and opening your understanding to a very different kind of life in our very same world. Daily Herald
  • More than stand up as a page-turner that makes you care about its hero from the outset and willingly accompany him on his often perilous journey from Afghanistan to Italy. That it is based on reality makes it more than just a compelling adventure story. For here is a frank, revealing and clear-eyed testament of the experiences faced by a young asylum-seeker in the contemporary world.....Salutary and humane, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles, as its international bestseller status indicates, deserves to be read widely by young and older readers alike. The Guardian
  • As the reader, you have to wonder what you were doing circa 2005, while Enaiat was traversing the mountains of Turkey. Geda's frank, unembellished prose captures the voice of a brave boy who never loses hope - and who is lucky to be alive to tell his story. The National
  • Fabio Geda has done a fine job bringing Enaiat alive without resorting to novelists' tricks.....Fast read. It presents a contemporary look at a world that Americans have become increasingly a part of and from the point of view of persons who usually have no voice. That world is presented so convincingly The Washington Independent
  • Chilling....beautiful....heart-warming The Times UK
  • Geda’s voice combines the plucky survivor’s determination of his charge with moments of pathos – soaked poignancy and others of joyful laughter...It’s sobering and heart lifting to see the stoical determination and achievement of someone who makes our world look like paradise. This little gem, beautifully and unobtrusively translated, will raise tears of sorrow and joy. The Independent
  • Beautifully told....will inform and inspire The Guardian
  • A small book wiht a big story to tell....compelling narrative that maintains the youthful voice of this remarkable boy.....undeniably eye-opening....What makes In the Sea There Are Crocodiles so persuasive is the boy's voice, beautifully captured by Geda. Book Page
  • A compelling and intimate story....truly incredible....Fabio Geda retells Enaiatollah's story with warmth and compassion, interacting with him in a gentle and intimate manner which brings depth to the story. Although written as a fictional piece the story is recreated from Enaiatollah's memory.  With its simplistic style, the reader is drawn into the world of the child: his thought processes and his perceptions. The story spans five years, Enaiatollah is only fifteen when he arrives in Italy and realizes that this is the place he wants to call home. Read Plus 
  • A remarkable, heart-warming story of courage and endurance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles... truly inspirational The Irish Examiner

    The core of the story is Enaiat's indomitable will to succeed....revealing....hair-raising....unforgettable....In the Sea There Are Crocodiles is an eye-opening account of human endurance, of overcoming the most difficult obstacles—all for freedom and a better life.
  • [A]n authentic, open and marvelous voice of youthful exuberance. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • Lyric...the book reads like a conversation...both affecting and unaffected, powerfully delivers one child's story of survival while bringing us close to the horrors....Another Kite Runner? It's certainly a lovely read. Library Journal
  • "[T]here's no shortage of heart-breaking trials to be faced....Enaiat's daring adventure is ideally suited for young adults, but older readers will find in it a deeper layer of investigation of the humanity of strangers and the power of family. If Enaiat's memory eventually seems muddled and fragmented, so that the book must be called fiction, the truth of his experience remains. Booklist
  • "Fabio, the writer to whome he [Enaiatollah Akbari] tells his narrative, has a poetic turn of phrase, but lets events speak for themselves. The result is a moving and eye-opening chronicle of hardships no child should have to endure, mitigated by intermittent kindnesses. The Sunday Times (UK)
  • "The prose is straightforward, engaging, and at times almost conversational. Teens will marvel at Akbari’s courage and resilience School Library Journal
  • "Every so often a book comes along that is an absolute gift to the world. This is one such book. Laura Fitzgerald, author of Dreaming in English and Veil of Roses
  • The personal stories of refugees and their life-or-death battles are usually lost in between the lines of news reports. In direct and undecorated prose, Fabio Geda beautifully delivers the human experience of Enaiatollah, a ten-year-old Afghani boy, whose will for survival is more than remarkable. In the Sea there Are Crocodiles will make you laugh and cry, and it will also make you a better person. Everyone should read this book. Marina Nemat, winner of the inaugural Human Dignity Award and author of Prisoner of Tehran

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 2/13/2014

    " This was a quick, easy read based on a true story of young boy struggling to survive. Very passionate... you just want to take him home and make his life easier. What a survivor. It's unforgivable that children have to live this way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/6/2014

    " A very special book. Poignant, moving. Beautifully written. Enaiatollah is a young Afghan boy whose Mother abandon hims in Pakistan at the age of about 10 in order to save his life. He recounts the horrors of the next 7 or 8 years as he is passed from one human trafficer to another and ends up in Italy. Fabio Geda renders a beautiful recounting of Enaiat's memories capturing his naivity, his bravery, his perserverance and endurance. People both evil and compassionate move him along. Highly recommend spending a day with his story (its a slim book). It will move you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 2/2/2014

    " A true example of human resilience and determination....... I also enjoyed reading about the compassion showed by so many people to someone in need. We don't see that enough these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Mason | 1/23/2014

    " similar to other stories but that doesn't make it any less impactful - and from the viewpoint of a child/teenager makes it all the more amazing/horrifying/uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/22/2014

    " This little "memoir" I read in a day....unusual for me. Couldn't put this down. The recount of a young boys flight from Afghanistan, by himself, at the age of 10. Moved from country to country by human traffikers and all that entails. Yet his voice is innocent and seemingly untainted by all he experiences. The story is told to an Italian novelist who works with children under duress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Mcfarlane | 1/6/2014

    " Someone should option this for a movie! I can't imagine American 10-year-olds having the fortitude to do what this young man did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seema | 12/18/2013

    " Quick read of a young Afghan boy's engaging account of surviving on his own after escaping the Taliban. Would be great for teenagers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Vanloffelt | 12/11/2013

    " Mooi verhaal. Het lezen waard. Niet in het minst omdat het echt gebeurd is en nog alle dagen echt gebeurt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/29/2013

    " Fantastic true story of an Afghan very young fellow pushed outside of his own country to survive. That he made it all the way to Italy is a total miracle and a feat. I was very touched by this story translated from Italian to French. Excellent BO choice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/10/2013

    " Very good read. Story of a young boy in Afghanistan who's mother abandons him and his struggles as he moves from country to country trying to survive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 11/6/2013

    " A wonderful book. Telling it so simply through the eyes of Enaiatollah made some of the grimmer bits bearable. I loved his spirit, and was rooting for him all along. It was very uplifting that he was shown some kindness along the way, and a good ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Hess | 10/28/2013

    " Audio killed me!! The voices were awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthea | 10/14/2013

    " A very fast read, a mad story which made me realize how refugees give up everything for a better life, and many just don't make it. What a brave and strong boy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arianna | 2/20/2013

    " I really liked the ending!!! It was so sweet. I was so happy for him :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianna | 12/6/2012

    " Two thoughts I kept having throughout this book were: I could never have survived what this young boy had to endure and my kids are damn lucky and don't really know it. This is an amazing story of survival. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/17/2012

    " I love stories of people that had to overcome great challenges. This story is about a boy who left Afghanistan when he was 10 with his mother and had to make the journey over the next 5 years to a stable, safe country alone. Translated from Italian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/10/2012

    " 4 stars! I really enjoyed this it makes you stop and realize just how fortunate we are here in America. Heartbreaking novel of an Afghanistan child abandoned at the age of 10 by his mother in a country torn by war and his struggle of survival into adulthood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 8/1/2012

    " A great story, a good read. Had it finished within 3 days. Very impressing how this you kid travels from Afghanistan to Italy. I can definitely recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/8/2011

    " I love Enaiatollah's voice in this story. After all the heartbreak and pain he has suffered, he seems so clear and without bitterness. To be a mother and to be confronted with the need to abandon you child in hope of a better life! His story is now close to my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/6/2011

    " similar to other stories but that doesn't make it any less impactful - and from the viewpoint of a child/teenager makes it all the more amazing/horrifying/uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/29/2011

    " a young refugee boy tells his story of his travels thru Pakistan, Afghanistan, Greece, Italy, etc. what all he endured in those travels . He gets to finally find his mother after 8 yrs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Em55319 | 10/2/2011

    " Very interesting story, more a memoir than a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 10/1/2011

    " I loved this book but gave it four stars instead of five because there are some quirky things the author does (like insert his questions/thoughts in the midst of telling the story). I think it would have been a better book without his insertions. It's a very fast read, and extremely touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 9/26/2011

    " A short read with an interesting style. I enjoyed the author's choice to interject his questions in the story, almost like an interview. It called to the forefront not only what the interviewee wanted to talk about, but what also he didn't deem important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/23/2011

    " non-fiction acct of young boy leaving Afghanistan and eventually living in Italy "

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