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Description

Will Ferguson takes listeners deep into the labyrinth of lies that is 419, winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims. Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: "Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help".

When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of one such swindle, she sets out to track down - and corner - her father' s killer. It is a dangerous game she' s playing, however, and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine. Woven into Laura' s journey is a mysterious woman from the African Sahel with scars etched into her skin and a young man who finds himself caught up in a web of violence and deceit. And running through it, a dying father' s final words: "You, I love."

©2012 Will Ferguson  (P)2013   Recorded Books

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Au global
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Histoire
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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At first I wasn’t sure-but then I fell in love!

This book - if you have any inclination to set it down, don’t! This story builds and comes to an incredible intertwined series of events. Fulsome character development and intelligent,respectful view of plot.

11 les gens ont trouvé cela utile

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful Will Ferguson

I read this novel a few years ago and it captivated me. Bought the audio version and have found it to be
thoroughly engrossing and wonderfully narrated by Pete Bradbury. He captures all of the characters voices with ease. Have listened to it more than once. A complex story.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Decent Story, Liked the Last Half

Just finished 419. The story was good and liked the ending. There was one thing that drove me nuts however; the author kept using the word 'she' a lot. There's more then 1 main character who is a female so sometimes you wonder.."who is he referring to?"
After hearing the story I came to the conclusion that 9/10 times 'she' refers to Laura (main character most developed). Wish I was told that in advance. That should be a big help to whomever reads/hears this next. :)

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  • Au global
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419

I liked this book it gave a really good account of how easily a person could be scammed by a foreign country. It made a lot of sense I enjoyed the story.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • cj
  • 2022-06-24

Quite the eye popping ride.

So well written and performed. Not my usual read but glad to have listened to it.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

Interesting journey through a different world

I've never understood the world of Nigerian scammers. A fascinating take 👏 that provides a possible way to explain what circumstances motivate people to do what they do. The author has humanized the villains

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

Riveting

loved the way the plot wove the vivid characters together. Learned a lot about Nigerian life and white privilege

  • Au global
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

My 2nd Time 'Reading' It; Just as Good

I really enjoyed listening to this, after reading it the first time. the Narration was great with accents, just okay with the few female voices needed. I really enjoy the ending, it's unexpected and true to life. The story has me enchanted with Nigeria and wanting to learn more about the culture.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Story fine, narration a trial

The plot and character structure of this novel are good and I appreciated the glimpse into the culture, politics and peoples of Nigeria. Increasing the speed of the narration to 1.4x made listening to the flat, enervated tone of this reader bearable, though it did not make the experience the enjoyable. I’ll be avoiding books read by Pete Bradbury in the future.

  • Au global
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Absolutely fabulous!

The performances were great and the story was incredible! I appreciated the authors turn of a phrase as well as the research and detail that went into the story. His spot on descriptions of Calgary lead me to believe what he said about Nigeria. The book is an eye-opening look into lives we know nothing about.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Madyson
  • 2015-05-25

Okay book

Had the read the book for class it's okay at first then gets realllyyy confusing then really good at the end ! Over all okay book !

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dea-G
  • 2017-02-16

Great story

Narration was very good and the story was captivating. Very moving and entertaining, I would like to read more by this author.

  • Au global
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  • Miss Conduct
  • 2016-01-30

Exceptional narration! Really good story!!!

Narration blew me away! It took maybe an hour or two to really get into the story, but I felt so connected to the characters. so good!

  • Au global
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  • RaineDay
  • 2014-04-17

read the book instead

this narrator does not do the author any favors. The book is slow enough but the narration is painfully slow. It is a book I could read in 5 hours, not 12, For the last half I listened at 1.5x speed and it was just right to maintain my interest.
The story itself is just ok but I never really bought into it. Especially the ending.