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The Country of Others

By: Leïla Slimani
Narrated by: Nabiha Akkari
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Summary

Alsace, 1944. Mathilde finds herself falling deeply in love with Amine Belhaj, a Moroccan soldier, billeted in her town, fighting for the French. 

After the Liberation, Mathilde leaves France, following Amine to Morocco. But life here is unrecognisable to this brave and passionate young woman. Where she once danced, bickered with her sister, her life is now that of a farmer's wife - with all the sacrifices and vexations that brings.

Suffocated by the heat, by her loneliness on the farm, by the mistrust she inspires as a foreigner and by the lack of money, Mathilde grows restless. As Morocco's own struggle for independence grows daily, Mathilde and Amine find themselves caught in the crossfire....

This story of two nations at war, two cultures at loggerheads and one family torn apart is as tenderly observed as it is devastatingly true

©2021 Leïla Slimani (P)2021 Faber Audio

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Disappointing

Not being one to easily give up on a book, I could not wait for it to finish. I could not even tell you what the story was about and felt myself drifting off at every turn. The story jumped , had no fluidity and at first I kept thinking I had missed great chunks of the story. The narrator sounded monotone, amateur and as if she was in an empty hollow chamber. Whilst I’m sure the story of division and war was the main focus of the story, I could not connect or feel empathy with any of the characters. The narrative did not bring any life or definition any characters.

Perhaps this just not translate in audible and should be read in hard copy.

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Difficult to engage with the telling of the story

Sadly this is th first Audible title I haven’t finished, despite a real interest in the story line and the country. I had also read good reviews of the book itself, At times it was difficult to understand and delivered in a rather flat way, which didn’t engage me despite my best efforts. I kept having to replay sections

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A bit of a struggle

This is the first audio book I have struggled with. Ended up downloading the book onto kindle and reading it. The story is interesting and I loved some of the description but overall I didn't think it was great. I did learn a lot about a country and period of history that I didn't know much about before, but I didn't really engage with the characters.

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Fine story, Satnav narration

The story was very good, with really interesting inversion of positions. But it really was spoiled by the narration, which was like listening to a satnav.

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the misplaced the stresses

l loved the story and finished the book in two days. However the pronunciation of the non native narrator was a bit let down. every time when she said taward when it was toward I kept correcting her... that was just one example...it really spoiled the fun a tad ...