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    Description

    A compulsively listenable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American dream - the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

    Named one of BuzzFeed's "Incredible New Books You Need to Read This Summer".

    Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself; his wife, Neni; and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty - and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

    However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job - even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

    ©2016 Imbolo Mbue (P)2016 Random House Audio

    Commentaires

    "Imbolo Mbue would be a formidable storyteller anywhere, in any language. It's our good luck that she and her stories are American." (Jonathan Franzen, National Book Award-winning author of Purity and Freedom)
    "Dazzling, fast-paced, and exquisitely written, Behold the Dreamers is one of those rare novels that will change the way you see the world. Imbolo Mbue is a breathtaking talent." (Christina Baker Kline, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Orphan Train)
    "Who is this Imbolo Mbue and where has she been hiding? Her writing is startlingly beautiful, thoughtful, and both timely and timeless. She's taking on everything from family to the Great Recession to immigration while deftly reminding us what it means to truly believe in 'the American dream.'" (Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn)

    Ce que les auditeurs disent de Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

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    best read ever

    the reader did this book justice. I enjoyed reading it and couldnt stop. I would recommend reading this book

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    • Booklover
    • 15/03/2017

    Listeni to this wonderful book !!!

    an excellent book. probably as powerful in the reading as in the listening. ..however the reader used so many voices and accents expertly and believably, completely adding to my connection with the book. I love the resolution and the realizations the characters and I came to. behold this terrific book.

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    • A
    • 15/01/2017

    Great Story About Life

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story detailing life struggles of all people. It was vivid, colorful , happy, sad , and very humorous all wrapped in one. The author was so detailed you could see and hear the details & action as if it were happening before your eyes. There was so much compassion in these spirited characters that you felt you wanted to know them all better.

    Also, I now feel I understand a little more of the trials & circumstances that immigrants go thru that we as native citizens take for granted in the USA.

    The story and narrative are both interesting and compelling . I will look for more by the Author and Narrator. This Audible
    Book is well worth the listen & points. Bravo!!!!
    AE - Annapolis, MD

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    • Rochelle
    • 27/08/2016

    Overhyped

    Prentice Oyemi's narration is stunning. He does such an incredible job moving between African, American, male and female characters. His performance is just beautiful.

    I am a reader who prefers description and character development over plot. Unfortunately the writing is very flat, the story never gets going and it's message was lost in artificiality. Every time the I thought the story would pick up it fell away again. Overall I was very disappointed.

    Neni is the best developed of the characters and the one scene, too far toward the end of the book, where we see her passion for her education was too little too late. That was the highlight of the book for me, but it wasn't nearly enough.

    Jende was never developed enough, neither was his son, his employers or friends.

    The book has been massively overhyped with Buzzfeed calling it a must read book of the summer. There are many, much better books that have been published in 2016 (I recommend Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Denis-Benn) or by authors who are originally from African countries (try Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as one of the best).

    For people who have been interested to read this book having seen the hype over it I would instead recommend authors such as Adichie, or to Jhumpa Lahiri, Khaled Hosseini, Zadie Smith, and to the lesser known, emerging authors such as Nicole Dennis-Benn and Chigozi Obiama. All of these authors have written better examinations of topics similar to what has been attempted here by Imbolo Mbue.

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    • LuckyLindsi83
    • 09/09/2016

    Just okay...

    First of all, I must say the narrator was one of the most impressive I've heard! He did an amazing job! Bravo! However, the story itself kinda fizzled for me as it went along. By the end I felt more than ready for it to be "the end." =\

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    • Barbara Dumas
    • 17/02/2018

    Beautifully written and beautifully read

    Through happiness and sadness, I liked the people Imbolo introduced me to - even when I didn't like the things they did. The New York that I also love came alive, as did The Town of Friendship.

    This is an author I will follow.

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    • Rosie
    • 10/07/2017

    Great story!

    loved the book. The reader really brought it home & made it real....the story - heart warming.

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    • Suzanne Young-Mercer
    • 19/03/2017

    Thoroughly enjoyable with reservations

    I loved the twist and turns of this story. I did not enjoy as I often don't the subjugation of women to their husbands.

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    • Shellyrec
    • 10/07/2017

    Got me thinking!

    Where does Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Gave me an understanding of what some immigrants experience coming to America. Also, made me think about how I feel about our immigration system.

    Which character – as performed by Prentice Onayemi – was your favorite?

    Wife.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extremes.

    Any additional comments?

    Well written book with well developed characters that made me think and feel.

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    • patricia
    • 10/07/2017

    A wonderful story from start to finish.

    I could not put this book down. Loved the New York setting. I also found the background of the immigrant story enlightening.
    A must read for anyone.

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    • Maxie
    • 08/03/2017

    Chasing the American Dream

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    BTD is another story about an immigrant family's quest for the American Dream. It's poignant in light of today's immigration issues. Many come to America to pursue prosperity, freedom, comfort and security. But what price do individuals' pay to fulfill their dreams? Prentice Onayemi has such a soothing voice. His many accents and knowledge of native and non native idioms give much credibility to the story's narration. BTD demonstrates the daily fears and worries of immigrants, especially those who've entered the U.S. without proper documentation or without approval. Mr. Mbue demonstrates sensitivity, compassion and knowledge of the fight and plight of immigrant families.

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    • Christina G
    • 14/12/2018

    Nice

    I really enjoyed a lot! Nice to listen to when walking the dog. The ending surprised me but I nevertheless would have not wanted it any other way.

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    • UB
    • 14/11/2017

    Packend, emotional

    Hervorragend gelesen und bis zum Schluss spannend, emotional und mitreißend ! Durchgehend tolle Story, die keine Wünsche offen lässt.

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    • Ivan
    • 04/04/2017

    Feel good novel

    I really enjoyed this book. Compelling story, excellent reading and real characters. I also loved to hear from a different perspective in a time when we are all overwhelmed by our own thoughts and preconceptions.

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    • Sibylle
    • 10/10/2016

    Stunning debut

    The American Dream, and the stories of those who pursue it against all odds, seems to be the overarching theme of my audio book selection of late.

    This book tells the story of a young couple from Cameroon as they try to make a new life in the most American city of all, New York. A beautifully written debut of a writer I will be sure to seek out in the future.