Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

Written by:
Maaza Mengiste
Narrated by:
Steven Crossley

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
2
Narrator
2
Release Date
January 2010
Duration
12 hours 0 minutes
Summary
This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement-a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction before. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath the Lion's Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.
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Bleu B.

Draws a vivid color of what the few months before and after the 1973 revolution was like. Maaza's decriptions are stunning. The way she captures feelings is from the beyond and I am still haunted by one particular death and what it triggered. Whatever is missing here, and there is a lot to one born and raised in Addis, there is a lot more to be founs. I love Dr. Hailu because I recognize my own father in him, whom I never really loved. I like Dawit because I grew up with a lot of Dawits. But Yonas, minus his prayers, is where the real humanity is. The fear, the doubt, the self-blame of a survivor. The burden of being a man, a husband, a son. For those who haven't read the book, the first 100 or so pagea are not an easy read. Going through took a lot of will. However, this is a good read. You won't regret it.

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Christina F

Most boring book ever, had to read it for school, couldn't have gotten through this book with the audio.

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