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A Long Way Gone (Digital Audiobook)

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

By Ishmael Beah, Ishmael Beah (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 19, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/5/2008)
Hardcover (2/13/2007)
Prebound (8/1/2008)
CD-Audio (3/20/2007)
Prebound (8/1/2008)
Paperback (1/1/2008)
Paperback, Large Print, Large Print (8/1/2008)
CD-Audio (8/5/2008)

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“Ishmael Beah is 12 years old when all hell breaks loose in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Families are separated, most are brutally killed, and the boys are recruited as soldiers, including, ultimately, Ishmael. Readers will come to understand how truly damaged these children are, but Beah's ability to write so eloquently is a testament to his humanity and resilience.”
— Dianne Patrick, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI
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In A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah tells a riveting story in his own words: how, at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.

Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived.

This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.