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Publisher's Summary

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria.

When their father has to work away, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers.

©2015 Chigozie Obioma (P)2015 Hachette

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  • Julie Fisher
  • 14-07-2016

The dangers of self-fulfilling prophecy lyrically told

This is a beautifully written book that is deep and meaningful, with a story that gripped me. Every time I had to put it down I desperately wanted to know what would happen next and continued to think about, and worry about, the characters.
I also really enjoyed the reading given here. I'm new to audiobooks and thought this narration was perfect, just what I'm looking for from this medium.

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  • Roy Omahony
  • 20-01-2016

excellent narrator

Good story well told. Harrowing and reply sad. Emotive unique. Wonderful to be immersed in the lives of a family in Nigeria even though the sadness so hard to bear.

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  • CarolynHeather
  • 12-04-2016

Tragic and sensitive

Highly recommended story of 4 brothers in Shakespearean style tragedy set in Nigeria. great performance.

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  • RK.London
  • 23-03-2016

A rich tale of brotherhood.

Poetic and rich with metaphors, this tale of brotherly love is very engaging and beautifully narrated.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-04-2018

Absolutely enthralling

I really loved listening to this while studying the text, which was brought to life.

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  • Lilian
  • 12-01-2017

A very, very good read.

A gripping, touching story. Could not put it down. The excellent narration brought the characters to life.

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  • MRS AUDREY MAWBY
  • 29-06-2016

A story of Nigerian country folk.

I found the expert narration gave me an emotional experience of the life in Nigeria and and an understanding of the hopes and fears of the family. The boys were so loyal and affectionate that I felt I could forgive them for their misguided retribution for the hurt suffered by their brothers. Any parent will identify with the aspirations of these parents and their tragic suffering.

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  • MR C K GRAHAM
  • 06-04-2016

excellent narration stole the show

It won't be a memorable story, but the way it was narrated gave a realistic insight into the boys lives growing up in Nigeria, and the performance was first class. It kept me entertained until the end, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


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  • Belinda
  • 17-10-2015

Very good-it takes you away

What made the experience of listening to The Fishermen the most enjoyable?

The book was set in a different time and place....the events were unravelled in a methodical way. The tensions built up were always in the right places.
I just enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Grainne
  • 05-12-2015

Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I had heard good things about this book but the story just didn't grab met

What will your next listen be?

A spool of blue thread

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Accented reader. This did make it more realistic but my attention tended to wander

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not having read the book

Any additional comments?

None

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