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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irene Sabatini Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Irene Sabatini makes her celebrated debut with this powerful novel set against the tumultuous backdrop of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, there is a tragedy in the house next door to Lindiwe Bishop - her neighbor has been burned alive. The victim's stepson, Ian McKenzie, is the prime suspect but is soon released. Lindiwe can't hide her fascination with this young, boisterous and mysterious white man, and they soon forge an unlikely closeness even as the country starts to deteriorate.

Years after circumstances split them apart, Ian returns to a much-changed Zimbabwe to see Lindiwe, now a sophisticated, impassioned young woman, and discovers a devastating secret that will alter both of their futures, and draw them closer together even as the world seems bent on keeping them apart. The Boy Next Door is a moving and powerful debut about two people finding themselves and each other in a time of national upheaval.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 2/4/2014

    " Another winner, about Rhodesia transition to Zimbabwe, with a compelling love story at the heart of the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Featherbooks | 1/31/2014

    " Engaging story of the evolution of love in post-independence Zimbabwe as the country teeters on the edge of civil war. A first novel by a writer I look forward to hearing from again. Good voice, interesting characters and a compelling story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 1/15/2014

    " my only complaint is that the author liberally uses Zimbabwean slang without providing a glossary of terms. even internet searches couldn't help me keep up. otherwise, though, it was a very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marit | 1/3/2014

    " Well-written, entertaining and engaging about today's Zimbabwe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 12/27/2013

    " Set in Zimbabwe and traces the decline of a beautiful place in a story of connectedness and hope against all odds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/19/2013

    " What a beautiful story. Loved every page, loved Lindiwe's voice and the setting. I felt like I was in the middle of a girl growing up and a country devolving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skigirl | 10/9/2013

    " Absolutely fascinating story of a relationship between a black woman and a white man that begins around the time of the birth of Zimbabwe. Interestingly written and you'd never suspect it was the first novel for this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maicie | 5/4/2013

    " A wonderful coming of age story set in post-independent Zimbabwe. I had a difficult time getting into the story. The language native to the region was new to me; as was much of the history protrayed. Glad I stuck with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 3/6/2013

    " Life in post-independent Zimbabwe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/30/2012

    " I'm glad I persevered with this. It was touch and go for a while but it gradually drew me enough to see where it was going-it was worth it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Bujold | 9/1/2011

    " Book was bought while in Kenya - its a easy read about the life of two south africans. I really liked the story even though she jumped around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khaliah Williams | 8/10/2011

    " I didn't think there was anything particularly earth shattering here, but I really enjoyed this read. Strong prose, well drawn characters, and an in depth look at a world I previously knew nothing make it a book I would recommend to just about anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mya | 2/28/2011

    " Not a fan of this type of book. The woman - man troubled relationship book. Boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/21/2011

    " What a wonderful look at the horrible chaos and despair into which Zimbabwe has sunk under "Bob." Even without my familiarity with Zim, this book would have been great; with it, it's iff-the-charts awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/7/2010

    " Slow start, hard to get through the beginning especially with all the foreign words but worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/4/2010

    " A strong story about love that crosses racial lines...hard to follow at first but unexpected twists kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ulrika | 7/29/2010

    " A charming book about a white-black relationship in the Zimbabwe of the 1990's. As the country slides into chaos, revenge and dictatorship, love can and will prevail. "

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