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419

Written by: Will Ferguson
Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
Length: 13 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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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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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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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  • VS
  • 2020-05-24

I enjoyed it

I enjoyed it, it's a bit unexpected. At times it was a bit difficult to understand the accent but it was well performed. Plus I was surprised about the location being in Alberta, Canada... I may read of the authors books.

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every good enjoyable

it was ok to listen to every nice topic the storyline was so good love it

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Heart-breaking.

This book reminded me why my recent diet of silly thrillers is as empty as cotton candy. This book is beautifully written. I never thought I'd understand why 419 scammers do what they do, but this book enlightened me.

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  • 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.

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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!

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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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  • 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.