A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

6 CDs. Recorded Bks. Aug. 2018. 6:30 hrs. ISBN 9781980002604. $66.75. digital download. F
The Syrian refugee crisis is brought to the forefront in this compelling fictional story of a teenage Syrian boy's dangerous journey to freedom. As Tareq travels from Syria to Turkey to Greece to Germany, listeners are drawn into the harsh realities of family separations, deaths, stark living conditions, and everyday tragedies. Leila Buck narrates and chronicles the agonizing journey as the voice of Destiny. While the sometimes-preachy Destiny is read in a mostly detached voice, Buck puts feeling and emotions into the characters. An exciting sequence with Tareq and two volunteer aid workers searching for Tarek's kidnapped little sister will have listeners riveted, thanks to Buck's performance. Libraries in need of audiobooks that bring the refugee situation to life will be interested in this thought-provoking and serious rendition.
VERDICT Give this to listeners who can handle the delicate balance of refugees' heartbreaking suffering with hopes of a better life.

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