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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,772 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benson Deng Narrator: David Henry, David Zinn, Augustino Mayai, Teri Clark Linden Publisher: Public Affairs Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew.

All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages. Amid the chaos, screams, conflagration, and gunfire, five-year-old Benson and seven-year-old Benjamin fled into the dark night. Two years later, Alepho, age seven, was forced to do the same. Across the Southern Sudan, over the next five years, thousands of other boys did likewise, joining this stream of child refugees that became known as the Lost Boys. Their journey would take them over one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease. The refugee camps they eventually filtered through offered little respite from the brutality they were fleeing.

In They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin, by turn, recount their experiences along this unthinkable journey. They vividly recall the family, friends, and tribal world they left far behind them and their desperate efforts to keep track of one another. This is a captivating memoir of Sudan and a powerful portrait of war as seen through the eyes of children. And it is, in the end, an inspiring and unforgettable tribute to the tenacity of even the youngest human spirits. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 2/14/2014

    " All I can say is WOW! I never knew all that had and is happening over in Sudan. This book was amazing and taught me so much about the world we live in "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Rivas | 2/8/2014

    " I was so lucky to meet Benson Deng. He gave a talk to the Talmadge community and I was giving a talk to them as well. We sat together at dinner before our talk and I got to know him a bit. I had heard 3 of the lost boys speak at USD at a class that I had taken last summer. What they all went through was so horrible. Just the fact that they are still alive and so many have now come to the U.S. and gone to school and the 3 boys that I heard speak at USD were all going back to Africa to begin a school and help out their people. So moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juli | 2/7/2014

    " This is a moving and life-changing kind of book. It is painful and raw. Hard to read because it is so horrific and real and told in the voices of the boys who lived it. Inpsiring, moving, heart-breaking, motivating...there just aren't words. It is a book that NEEDS to be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/5/2014

    " Amazing story.This boys had an incredible courage and desire to survive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warnie B. | 1/30/2014

    " Heartbreaking and absolutely horrifying--it is unbelievable what these kids went through in order to survive the war in their country. About a year ago I read Chanrithy Him's When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge, about her childhood in Cambodia and the journey she and her family undertook to survive, and I found these stories unbearably similar. I cannot even fathom the courage it must have taken these kids to do what they did, as well as their courage in writing about it as adults. Not an easy read, but definitely a worthy one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 1/9/2014

    " Everyone, but esp. us Americans, should read this book. After reading it you will be reminded of what a good life we all lead. The hardships these boys (and the thousands that traveled with them) endured are unthinkable. But as one reviewer said, 'it is raw but tender'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tsion | 1/9/2014

    " Wonderful, touching, sad, beautfiul "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen S | 1/8/2014

    " This is an excellent book to learn about what happened to the boys in Sudan during the late 80's. It is inspiring to read about what they survived through. It shows you that with determination anything can be accomplished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 12/30/2013

    " Reinforces how worthless the UN is. A book that also reminds us, we learned nothing from the Holocaust. Tragic. Horrid when you think of your own kindergartners suffering as these children did and do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Gaudreau | 12/18/2013

    " Very good!!! It's so sad that this happens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 12/16/2013

    " I love this book! It really opens your eyes to real people's struggles and the harm war can cause. I'm glad they got their story out and I'm glad I had to read this for school, it was a great choice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmy | 12/8/2013

    " My heart broke for those little boys; all I could think of was my own little four-year old Matt wandering around lost and without his mommy and daddy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chandi | 12/7/2013

    " Amazing story. I had no idea about any of this and yet it has all happened in my life time. These young men are incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/24/2013

    " This book was a real eye-opener. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 10/4/2013

    " Unbelievable true story! A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/1/2013

    " Very interesting and difficult to read as it is a story of extreme hardship. Makes you appreciate what you have!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/17/2013

    " MSU's book for the One Book, One Community Program. I didn't meet the authors, but I was saddened by the horrific events brought on them. Amazed that any could have survived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty Tobin | 5/17/2013

    " Nicely organized book with alternating chapters told in the voices of 3 lost boys from Sudan whose experiences differ until they are reunited in the same refugee camp. Excellent details on life in Sudan before and during the war. demonstrates the strengths of living in clans even in refugee camps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Penso | 4/6/2013

    " Since the book was written by the three boys this story is about, I knew it had to have a happy ending. But what these boys had to go through in Sudan was tragic indeed. They are so strong and brave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Heckelman | 3/3/2013

    " An amazing story that must be heard/told/read around the world for generations to ensure that these boys and others are never "lost" again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 9/10/2012

    " Incredible story of three boys who "walked" from to Sudan to America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Afrasiabi | 11/1/2011

    " It really changes the way you deal with the little bumps/downfalls in your own life. These three Lost Boys from Sudan are truly an inspiration--they are my heros. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amyplackowski | 8/1/2011

    " Sad, sad, sad. Amazing what the human body and mind can survive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 5/23/2011

    " A good book, but the going is slow and I personally am not a big fan of nonfiction writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/30/2011

    " didn't actually read this. I accidentally rated it and can't figure out to un-select it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lormac | 4/6/2011

    " A wonderful book. Another book club pick that I would never have attempted on my own, and I feel so enriched that I did. Whenever I think of this book, I look around me and say a prayer of thanks. This book is a gift in this manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alesa | 3/24/2011

    " Utterly heartbreaking. How can we humans be so cruel to one another? And how amazing it is that some children are able to survive by helping each other and banding together. This is another story that you wish was not true, but know that it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 3/19/2011

    " Heartbreaking true story of three Sudanese boys who survived the horrors of war, hunger, and deprivation. Tribute to the human spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2011

    " Amazing story of the lost boys of Sudan. "

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