The Illegal

The Illegal

Audiobook CD - 2016
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Forced to flee his native country after his journalist father is murdered for criticizing their tyrannical government, Keita, a talented runner, becomes part of an illegal underground network of athletes who participate in competitions to win survival money.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781470394066
Branch Call Number: CDT FIC HILL, LAWRENCE
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Emery, Gideon 1972-
Recorded Books, Inc


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Jul 26, 2017

This was the first book that I have read (or should I say, listened to) by Lawrence Hill, and I greatly enjoyed it. For me, the narrator was mediocre, but the story itself was interesting, timely, and flowed naturally. The fictional Zantoroland and Freedom State were believable and thinly veiled amalgamations of the best and worst real countries today.
"The Illegal" is compelling for the way it personalizes the refugee crisis happening globally, and it's hard look at racism and political apathy.
Overall, I would certainly recommend it, though I agree with one of the other commenters that the ending tied up a little too neatly for my liking.

bandblair Apr 11, 2016

Excellent narrator. The story itself didn't thrill me like The Book of Negroes. Everything tied up too nicely at the end.

lotuslori_8 Apr 04, 2016

Those who are expecting another Book of Negroes, may be disappointed. This story is a bit more light-weight and predictable. I would hardly describe it as a "taut political thriller". However, I did enjoy the story.


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