Extended Audio Sample

Download War Child: A Child Soldier's Story Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample War Child: A Child Soldiers Story (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Emmanuel Jal
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emmanuel Jal Narrator: Ademola Adeyemo Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 1 votes

In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven-year-old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. But as Sudan's civil war moved closer - with the Islamic government seizing tribal lands for water, oil, and other resources - Jal's family moved again and again, seeking peace. Then, on one terrible day, Jal was separated from his mother, and later learned she had been killed; his father Simon rose to become a powerful commander in the Christian Sudanese Liberation Army, fighting for the freedom of Sudan.

Soon, Jal was conscripted into that army, one of 10,000 child soldiers, and fought through two separate civil wars over nearly a decade. But, remarkably, Jal survived, and his life began to change when he was adopted by a British aid worker. He began the journey that would lead him to change his name and to music: recording and releasing his own album, which produced the number one hip-hop single in Kenya, and from there going on to perform with Moby, Bono, Peter Gabriel, and other international music stars.

Shocking, inspiring, and finally hopeful, War Child is a memoir by a unique young man, who is determined to tell his story and in so doing bring peace to his homeland. Download and start listening now!

BK_AREN_000901

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Bogue | 2/5/2014

    " What was there was interesting. I would have like a little more detail on how he eventually left the country and started over in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Carmichael | 1/30/2014

    " this book is very similar in theme and content to "a long way gone" by ishmael beah, but it takes you into the authors life after being a "lost boy." a sad look at what so many childhoods look like... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 1/29/2014

    " A dark but powerful story. And now I want to find his music and see if I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/29/2014

    " This was an excellent, revealing, and painful biography of a boy born in southern Sudan. Once you begin, you are not able to put the book down as you are swept into Jal Jok's story. I found his journey from hatred of God to learning to love and forgive amazing considering the pain he has endured. I would consider it impossible to read this and not be affected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2014

    " An incredibly moving and heart felt book about the horrors of war written from a child's perspective. It is not sensationalized but is an honest look at one of the most terrifying genocides of our time. In the end there are ways to help. The author also has a documentary film by the same name, a Facebook page and various charities organized to help other people hurting in the Sudan. It is inspiring what this one war child has accomplished! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/18/2014

    " Incredible book - I just couldn't put it down. It's one of those books that changes your perspective on everything. So deeply disturbing, haunting, heart wrenching. "

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

    " An autobiography about a Sudanese boy who gets involved in the war and then rescued by an English woman. His story is very heartbreaking. It was difficult to read about a 9 year old walking around with a gun and wanting to kill Arabs. I still cannot fathom a country allowing it's children to fight. Anyway, I think that the ending shows that a child can move on after a life of war, but never really recover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/11/2014

    " Fascinating and inspiring true story of a child solider in the Sudanese civil war. Simple yet compelling. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shenniff Costello | 11/29/2013

    " The only book that has ever touched me so much I was sobbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/19/2013

    " eye opening & worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 11/11/2013

    " An eye-opening account of the civil war in Sudan. Very bleak, but ultimately, a story of hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/15/2013

    " Emmanuel Jal is an incredible man and his story is amazing. This book is the story of a survivor who has devoted his life to helping those who are still trying to get out of the horrible life he was forced to live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/8/2013

    " Excellent. Emmanuel Jal is in the army at age 9, his family he thinks are all dead. His country, Sudan, is fighting the Arabs and later other Sudanese. He escapes the army with the help of an English aid worker, but it takes years for him to overcome his experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/30/2013

    " I was in awe of how much Emmanuel has suffered and despite that, he has become a voice for his people. Amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarina | 7/21/2013

    " this book opens your eyes to understanding child soldiers (the ones that choose to fight)- so sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/6/2013

    " Everyone needs to read this book. Heart renching and disgusting. I want any guns lovers or "patriots" who support the war to read this the.n look me in the eye when they argue against this bullshit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HARLEM SHAKIN' KENJI | 4/25/2013

    " Tells a lot about how Emmanuel's experience in the war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yessenia | 9/24/2012

    " This book is awesome. It is pretty hard to read though. So many upsetting events and it's just awful to know that this is happening, but it is a great story of Emmanuel Jal's survival as a war child and how his faith in God helped him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 9/19/2012

    " Moving tale. Well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arden | 7/10/2012

    " This book wasn't a masterpiece and I struggled with parts of it - but I believe that's what made it so good. It was real, not polished or beautiful. It was Jal's story, from his mouth. And wow...just wow. I am truly inspired and humbled by him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriel Ribeiro | 5/13/2012

    " Very sad story, indeed, but, after a while, it simply becomes boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran Simpson | 1/20/2012

    " I did this as a cd in the car. Some scenes were very graphic, but it does explain a lot of what is going on in other parts of the world. I found myself wanting him to fight for his land and family too, even though he was apre-teen. Gets in to the psychology of getting kids to fight in wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeinab Mourad | 1/20/2012

    " fantastic read inspiring story filled with injustice and struggle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 10/8/2011

    " Just started this but it's hard to read due to the content. Update: couldn't finish it - the content was just too disturbing for me. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/7/2011

    " a tale of survival...haunting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 3/14/2011

    " Everyone needs to read this book. Heart renching and disgusting. I want any guns lovers or "patriots" who support the war to read this the.n look me in the eye when they argue against this bullshit.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/7/2011

    " I was in awe of how much Emmanuel has suffered and despite that, he has become a voice for his people. Amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Moler | 1/3/2011

    " I have read several books on the war in Africa, yet each time I am shocked about the gravity of the situation. This is a great read and one that opens your eyes to the world's problems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 10/19/2010

    " What was there was interesting. I would have like a little more detail on how he eventually left the country and started over in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 10/10/2010

    " Emmanuel Jal speaks for himself. You must read this! And then go the internet and read all that he is doing for the children of Sudan today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriel | 8/22/2010

    " Very sad story, indeed, but, after a while, it simply becomes boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/10/2010

    " I'm becoming an expert on Sudan. Is it possible to apply for a minor after I have graduated? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 6/24/2010

    " An eye-opening account of the civil war in Sudan. Very bleak, but ultimately, a story of hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terrell | 5/21/2010

    " it is a real story that can change your thinking of other people "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/19/2010

    " Excellent. Emmanuel Jal is in the army at age 9, his family he thinks are all dead. His country, Sudan, is fighting the Arabs and later other Sudanese. He escapes the army with the help of an English aid worker, but it takes years for him to overcome his experiences. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations