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This book is an earnest narrative let down by terrible narration. The narrators mispronunciation and dreadful attempts at accents , which i presume are meant to be Sierra Leoneans speaking English, are laughable at best and cringeworthy at worst. Surely as a bare minimum and indeed as a matter of professional pride both the producers and the narrator of this book should have checked up on the basics i.e how to pronounce words that you are unfamiliar with.This standard practice for anyone involved in recording or broadcasting.
The book is at times offers up gruesome examples that anyone familiar with the details of the 11 year civil war in Sierra Leone will be familiar with: terrorised civilian populations , sexual violence , amputations, gross infringements of human and humanitarian rights, political & military corruption. The trouble is that wrong person was chosen to deliver the story. In the end i became so irritated with Mr Weiner's delivery that i gave up listening to the audio book.and ended up watching the Hollywood version of it on DVD.The only thing that i remember of that experience was that the film had Leonardo Di Caprio and Djimon Honsu in it.When i'd decided to give up on the audio book a friend asked me what i'd thought of my experience.I told her that if humans could read bar codes i wouldn't trust the narrator of this book not to mess up reading them out.
The book is of note in that it brings to us an examination of terror and brutality that those of us sitting in our quiet corners of the world are blessed not to experience or bear witness to.So read it but just be aware that there'll be times when it will sound as though Benny Hill has returned to take over the narration.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is not really tracing the path of the conflict diamonds very far, it is describing the conflict and the politics involved in the civil war in and around Sierra Leone.
The book is very exiting to listen to since this book was written after "on location" research in the conflict zone.
The book is well written and it is not difficult to imagine the bloody details described in this book, like people having their hands chopped of by RUF rebels because the president had asked the population to hold hands and face the problems as a united country.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Any American lady who reads this book will no longer think that diamonds stand for love. They stand for hate and greed and mutilation.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful