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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,028 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Gourevitch Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628518
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In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority. Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler’s war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch’s haunting work is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history of the genocide’s background, and an unforgettable account of what it means to survive in its aftermath.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[It is the] sobering voice of witness that Gourevitch has vividly captured in his work.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The most important book I have read in many years…[Gourevitch] examines [the genocidal war in Rwanda] with humility, anger, grief, and a remarkable level of both political and moral intelligence.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Astonishing…[Gourevitch] is masterful at placing the unspeakability of mass murder into actual people’s mouths and inhabiting it in actual people’s stories.”

    Newsday

  • “A staggeringly good book…Gourevitch’s beautiful writing drives you deep into Rwanda, his brilliant reportage tells you everything that can be seen from an event beyond imagining or explaining.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A sobering, revealing, and deeply thoughtful chronicle.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Shocking and important…clear and balanced…the voice in this book is meticulous and humane.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “An ardent story that will command listeners’ attention and touch their emotions. Cummings bridges the gap between the audience and the events of 1994 by transporting them to Africa during some of Rwanda’s darkest days.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • Winner of the 1998 Cornelius Ryan Award
  • Winner of the 1999 Guardian First Book Award
  • Winner of the 1999 George Polk Book Award for Foreign Reporting
  • A 1998 New York Times Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1999 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beta Test | 2/11/2014

    " Simply one of the best books I've ever read. Should be a must read for everyone, especially anyone purporting to have an opinion about any intl policy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Ashley Simmons | 2/6/2014

    " More than recounting the Rwandan genocide, which he does, Gourevitch offers a framework for understanding how and why it happened in a readable way. "

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

    " In a book full of disturbing images and information, the last image is the one that leveled me the most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charis | 1/23/2014

    " Not exactly the "story" format I was expecting but an excellent research piece on the Rwanda genocide. Lots of information in a short space, some sections lost focus and started to drift towards the wars and crises in bordering countries, which, although related, simply became overwhelming. Considering it was written in 1998, I'm curious what a followup might reveal. The best question this book asked is, "what do we do with the survivors?" "

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

    " This book is heartbreaking and very difficult to read but i think that it's a must for everyone to understand fully the atrocities that went on in Rwanda in the 1990s and hopefully it will help people to realize that terrible things like this are not as far removed from us as we would like to think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 1/1/2014

    " What a sad book about Rwanda and the genocide that took place in the early 90's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs N | 12/5/2013

    " This book is a history of the Rwandan genocide and civil war. It answered many of the questions I had after reading Left to Tell. It also helped me put Immaculee Ilibagiza's memoir in historical and political context. Thought-provoking and well-written. "

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

    " Haunting. I read this one in spurts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolee | 11/18/2013

    " I can think of a few world leaders that really should read this.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 10/22/2013

    " Beth said this was great, and I guess it is, but it just doesn't keep my attention. I am sure it must be good, but I can't keep reading. Maybe I just find his prose terribly dull. I'm sorry I feel that way... I have to force myself to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/4/2013

    " I wish the book was as interesting as the title. Great at first but it gets redundant as the book goes on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helki | 8/27/2013

    " I found it very interesting, compelling. I have heard people criticize it by saying that it is 'clearly written by a journalist.' Maybe so, but I found it very interesting and it seems reliable. (What do I know though?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 7/26/2013

    " I learned a lot about what happened in Rwanda and neighboring countries after the genocide, which was interesting, and I think under-reported at the time (but it also just may be that I wasn't paying attention). It got a little slow at times, but I am glad I read it nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/3/2013

    " Very well written. I've looked at life a little differently since reading this book. Watched Hotel Rwanda afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 12/4/2012

    " Possible the best non-fiction book I have ever read. Incredibly good, well-written, powerful, eloquent without being wordy, strong without being sentimental. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Ng | 7/31/2012

    " I thank the author for writing this book. Everyone should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/25/2012

    " Want to plumb the darkness of the human soul? This is a station of your cross. Both a political and an intimate social history. Gourevitch pieces together the story of the Rwandan genocide from his travels, and interviews with survivors. Well written and absolutely heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlie | 3/8/2012

    " Gourevitch traveled to Rwanda after the genocide and spent time interviewing and observing: the result is a heartbreaking look at life for Rwandans. Written with empathy, insight, self-awareness and depth, it is a worthwhile read whatever way you look at it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asenath | 7/7/2011

    " Chilling stories about the many conflicts in Africa. Some very interesting perspectives. This book will make you uncomfortable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " Beautifully written, gruesome but thoughtful recounting of the events that takes the time to connects the dots to the larger story if human nature and the human condition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/19/2011

    " Gourevitch manages to go pass simple story telling and plunges the reader straight into Rwanda with him. Horribly depressing and sometimes morbid, but a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rawful Ralph Archaic | 4/1/2011

    " A salacious tease in butchery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciaran | 3/31/2011

    " Made me weep. Opened my eyes to the little known horrors of the Rwandan Genocide. One of my most cherished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " What a masterpiece of journalistic reporting. Horrifying but yet one is unable to put it down. It must be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeve | 3/18/2011

    " I was vascillating between marking this 4 or 5 but realized that this was amazing, but it was my sadness with humanity and not the author and his work that had made me want to rate it lower. I had been wanted to read this book since I was a freshman in high school and am glad I finally have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 3/2/2011

    " This book made me so angry. I can't believe how much the rest of the world screwed up while Rwandans were being massacred with machetes. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Gourevitch

Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer at the New Yorker and a contributing editor to Forward. He has reported from Africa, Asia, and Europe for a number of magazines, including Granta, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.