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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helon Habila Narrator: Richard Alle Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, a British oil executive’s wife has been kidnapped. Two journalists - a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq - are sent to find her. In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense, Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and cynical disillusionment in a journey full of danger and unintended consequences. As they navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells, they must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants. Assailed by irresolvable versions of the ‘truth’ about the woman’s disappearance, dependant on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties, their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable, but other values might yet salvage their human dignity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cinematic adventure and a remarkably tense race against the clock set in a haunting world of mangroves, floating villages, and jungle shrines—but it is also a brooding political tragedy in the Graham Greene tradition, one that illustrates the environmental and human costs of resource extraction in corrupt, postcolonial Africa…His mournful vision of the world never eclipses its fragile beauty, or its humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Habila has a filmic ability to etch scenes on the imagination.”


  • Selected for the June 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caitlin Griffin | 2/20/2014

    " Habila painted a vivid picture of the destruction in the Niger Delta and the pain it caused. Not extremely memorable, but unique and interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by anique Halliday | 2/13/2014

    " Fast moving so far. UPDATE: Oh man was that ending such a letdown. In fact, the book on the whole wasn't that great. It felt like a thrilling, yet banal beach read. Like a Nigerian John Grisham. Ouch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra | 1/24/2014

    " The novel is enjoyable although I would have liked a more linear storytelling, the author uses flashbacks over flashbacks and it is a bit disruptive. But the narration is still very good and you are transported in the Delta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lonni Tanner | 1/19/2014

    " ok, some minor problems, but pretty great. "

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About the Author
Author Helon Habila

Helon Habila is the internationally renowned author of Waiting for an Angel, which won both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing, as well as Measuring Time and Oil on Water. He was born in Nigeria and now divides his time between America and Nigeria.