- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag A/S
- Audible.com Release Date: October 10, 2017
- Language: Danish
- ASIN: B076BMW18F
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The Hate U Give (Danish Edition) Audiobook – Unabridged
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I wanted to read this book from the moment I saw it, but put it off (even after I won an audio version of it) because I didn't know if I could handle it while my city and on occasion I am currently protesting yet another failure of the justice system. I don't make it to as many actions as I'd like, but the book still seemed like it would be too close, too real.
Even once I started it, I listened to the first chapter and it took me a full week to come back and face chapter two, where I knew Khalil would die. Then, once I did, I listened in the car. Not three minutes after I managed avoid bawling my eyes out at the scene where a traffic stop about a tail light (if it was even out) turned deadly. I was sitting at a stoplight and a police officer pulled up beside me and motioned for me to roll my window down. I did. He asked, "Did you know only your top break light is working?" "No," I said, "I'll have that looked at. Thanks." He nodded and drove away. The timing shook me, life mimicking art but with one GIANT difference that was impossible to miss. This book is fiction, but there are so many Khalils and I—a white women in a Subaru—didn't even merit an officer getting out of his car! He was terse, but otherwise polite.
But those things are about me and my circumstances with the book, not the book. The book is amazing, ya'll. It takes a community that is too often dehumanized and reduced to "thug" or "gang banger" and makes them real people.
This book is the direct opposite of another I read recently in which the author kept having generic "gang bangers" threaten the heroine. The gang bangers did this. The gang bangers did that. There was nothing human about them, "gang banger" could have been substituted with "the monsters" or "the evil entities." This, I think, is too often the case. But even people in gangs or that sell drugs are people with families, histories, hopes and desires. They are real people and this book makes you see this in a way I think too many people sadly need to be reminded of. I honestly think this should be required high school reading!
It's also just marvelously written and has a surprising amount of humor for such a serious topic. It is one of the best books I've read this year and certainly the best audio I've listened to. Bahni Turpin did an amazing job with the narration. Everyone go read/listen to this and Hollywood better not mess up the movie!
This book was so beautifully written. The author's voice didn't just tell a story, her voice made you feel it. It's been such a long time since I've read a book that left me with such an indelible mark - that I was still thinking about it weeks, months later. It was so amazing and beautiful, I was really sad for it to end. Even though I just listened to the audiobook a couple months ago, I want to listen to it all over again.
I've been trying to recommend this book to friends also - not just because I think they'd enjoy it, but more because I feel like encountering this story/this author's voice is a beautiful gift. I can't explain the many kinds of feelings this book brings up. It brought up feelings in me that I've forgotten existed, that have been buried with time. I'm so grateful.
This review doesn't even give justice to how wonderful, sad, funny, inspiring this book is. I think anyone who reads it will be profoundly touched forever.
As a reader, I read about the issues around race in a way I never have before. Yes, the characters can be angry and a little scary but it’s not what defines them. And the background unfolds in a matter-of-fact human way to elicit a different thought process rather than pity.