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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aminatta Forna Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781461846932
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In contemporary Sierra Leone, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies a dying man who was young during the country’s turbulent postcolonial years and has stories to tell that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect in the buzzing city, these men are drawn unwittingly closer by a British psychologist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories. A work of breathtaking writing and rare wisdom, The Memory of Love seamlessly weaves together two generations of African life to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the past—and, in the end, the very nature of love.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delaney | 2/16/2014

    " slow at first, interconnectedness, makes several points that stick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Augustapalmer | 1/7/2014

    " Intertwined stories of love, way & betrayal set in Sierra Leone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/29/2013

    " I'd give this 3.5 if I could. I liked it, but it was a sluggish read. Preferred her memoir "the Devil that Danced on the Water." "

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

    " Enjoyable, but unnecessarily long. I didn't altogether understand the ending so now I'm going to need to do some research... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 12/12/2013

    " A powerful story, generally well written. The author did a very good job revealing parts of the story, layer by layer. The horror of war was both visceral and sublimated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/30/2013

    " The big screen of Africa's tormenting wars. Can't we learn that the price of war is too high and the burden falls on the little people who had no voice in starting the fight. A book that kept me thinking long after it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Rutin | 11/29/2013

    " I loved the characters in this book, along with the setting and writing style. That's all I need for a wonderful escape that is hard to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara O | 3/6/2013

    " shows the horrors of Sierra Leone's history "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 11/10/2012

    " Just didn't like this book. Felt very disconnected from the characters and the story. Took a solid 250 pages to even remotely get into the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/29/2012

    " A great read. The story of how three men's lives are interconnected through the love of one woman. Set in an African country struggling to come to terms with political unrest and invasion by rebels. This book was so well written, had strong characters and an unexpected conclusion. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 8/11/2012

    " I took me a bit to get into the situation and characters but then I was hooked. I appreciated the glimpses of the culture and character of one bit of Africa - what people have been through and how they survive - all embedded in a compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Raw | 4/6/2012

    " This book was a very slow burn and almost gave up but so glad I didn't! Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharen Eidelberg-spratt | 10/29/2011

    " The best of the best. One of the finest, challenging and stunning reads in years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 10/13/2011

    " I checked it out of the library and ended up returning it soon after. I couldn't get into it. From the little I read, the book has some interesting parts but it was bland and emotionless and sort of all over the place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 10/7/2011

    " Wonderful story by an amazing writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 9/20/2011

    " I received this book as a Good Reads First Winner and enjoyed learning about the struggles which existed in Sierra Leone. The author has a fluidity in her writing which brought the book alive.

    Would love to have learned what happened to Agnes and her fmaily in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/19/2011

    " I won this as a first reads give away .A love story taking place in Africa. It has taken me weeks to read it. Unfortunately, I could not seem to connect with this book.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micheler | 9/17/2011

    " I loved the characters in this book, along with the setting and writing style. That's all I need for a wonderful escape that is hard to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/14/2011

    " A beautiful novel. Exquisitely written at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adria | 9/7/2011

    " It was a bit of a long read; I may have given up on it but for taking it with me on my trip to Portland and getting a few solid hours of reading in on the plane(s). Not a happy story, but I had never read anything about Sierra Leone, so it was a worthwhile endeavor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leanne | 8/7/2011

    " could not get into this book. Quit very early on....... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nana-Ama | 8/6/2011

    " This is a great story. Its slow in the beginning, but it draws you in and leaves you wondering.....and thinking.. "

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About the Author
Author Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is the author of two novels, Ancestor Stones and The Memory of Love, and The Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father, and her country, Sierra Leone. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a Ghanaian-born British actor who has appeared on stage, screen, and television. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.