- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Author's Republic
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 May 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B072HPVSSF
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Amie: African Adventure Audiobook – Unabridged
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From the first few pages, the author sets the scene, the significance of which doesn't become relevant until much later on in the book. The story hinges around a seemingly stable region of Africa and the need for a desalination plant to be built. Our heroine, a mere secretary of sorts to the film industry that she longs to be included in, finds herself whisked to the foreign land as the wife of the newly delegated project manager in the form of her husband Jonathan. While we don't get to really connect with Jonathan's personality on a great level, it is clear to see that he is very career driven. Aimie on the other hand, comes across as a woman with some concerns and much deeper thought than just opportunity and proves to be extremely resilient and resourceful in the remainder of the book - I instantly warmed to her character. From the outset, the attention to the scenic detail given by the author is nothing short of brilliant. So easy was it to read such scenes of open plains and majestic, sweeping landscapes that if I were to close my eyes, an image would appear - exactly what a reader wants in a book of this nature.
There were many times throughout this tale of corruption, volatile governments and destitute peoples where I found myself feeling guilty at the luxuries I have, effectively taking for granted the most basic of provisions such as clean, running water, or a shop yards away that sells everything I need to live for months, let alone one day. The ability of the writer to induce such sentiments in any reader is quite simply a brilliant talent.
I'm not going to go into too much detail with regards to the storyline and plot, I think it is well worth a read to find out what happens in this engaging, often suspenseful and thrilling novel though I was a little dismayed at what appeared to be a rushed twist to the end - that could have been perhaps expanded a little further. That is my only real point to pick up on mind you. This book is edited to an extremely high standard, and that alone requires a great deal of concentration and hard work for both editor and author, it is to be applauded here. The story itself has given me many happy hours of entertainment, casting me far away from the confines of my reading position, out into the open wilds of Africa and filling me with a real sense of the peoples, customs and often barbaric lack of respect for human life, very well written indeed.
It is because of the quality of this story, the fact that it kept me so engaged despite often long gaps between reads, that I have chosen to give it the full 5 stars. I would recommend this to anyone needing a captivating read..
It is rare for me to so completely identify with a character in a book as to truly feel as if I am living out the story in her shoes, but that's how I felt following Amie's story. All the way along I kept thinking, what would I do if I was her? How would I cope with her situation?
The story splits into two distinct halves. The first half deals with Amie's relocation to living in Africa and the cultural differences she faces in this very different environment. Having read other work by Lucinda Clarke, I'm already aware that she has spent many years living and working in Africa and she has brought that experience vividly to life through these pages. Just reading the first half of this book has taught me far more about the real Africa than I've ever learnt from television.
In the second half of the book events take a turn for the worse as Amie finds herself caught up in an unstable political situation, ultimately fighting for survival against every danger that Africa has to offer.
I adored this book, and hope Lucinda is encouraged by the positive reception it has received to bring us more of Amie's adventures.