Noughts and Crosses: Noughts and Crosses 1 Audible Audiobook – Abridged
Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts unable to accept the injustices any longer, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum; a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 41 minutes|
|Narrator||Nina Sosanya & Nigel Greaves|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 03, 2006|
|Publisher||Random House AudioBooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #279,159 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,859 in Family Life Fiction for Children
#1,889 in Children's Books on Prejudice & Racism
#4,657 in Children's Parents Books
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I'm not sure there are words to describe how much I LOVED this book. It affected me profoundly and made my heart contract in that sweet, painful (very painful) way.
The two characters , Callum and Sephy, are so believable for their ages not to mention adorable! (It's been a long time since I was this invested in characters in a book). I enjoyed the alternate POVs allowing the reader to get a chance to really understand the backgrounds of both characters. I couldn't put it down until I finished. (I swear, I was reading in the subway and the office)
It's one of those books that you have to take a minute to stop and think about it. Imagine the possibilities and prolong the inevitable ending just a moment longer.
READ IT NOW!
I would love to read another "what if" story, but this time with a happy ending. Please Malorie. If you're up there. Somewhere.
I will definitely be reading this novel again. A good book to pick up if you have a long wait ahead of you that you'd like to make fly by.
Top reviews from other countries
The religion as described in this book would not exist, things would be different both culturally and on many other layers as well, so this novel completely fails to build a believable world. The story then itself does not know what it wants to be, with a romance between the two main characters, and then trying to take in other elements. Going for a Romeo and Juliet feel the author has even given us a balcony scene and other pieces from Shakespeare’s play, but all done rather badly. Indeed, in Africa Shakespeare’s original play has been done with different colours and was very well received, whereas I cannot see what anyone can find appealing in this book.
The author in her introduction here claims that she started this because of anger over the Stephen Lawrence murder, although one wonders if that was just something said to get on the money trail, because actually this has nothing to say about racism, as here all the author does is show that there are such people on both sides, which we already know anyway. So, this book has nothing to actually say, is poorly thought out and written, and add to this that the chapters alternate between the white male and black female main characters, so we do not have any depth as these are all in the first person narrative style and not done that well. The characters are poorly drawn, the situations are unoriginal and have been done numerous times before, and even the names are wrong. Talk about complaining about cultural appropriation, or misappropriation, this is done here on a massive scale.
I am thus left dumbfounded by the fact that lots of people seem to like this piece of crap which has no saving grace whatsoever, and added to this there are at times words missing from the text, and even a bomb that goes off in a bin in the middle of a shopping mall is called a car bomb. If this had been put on here as a self-published book, I could sort of understand, but for a major author to publish this just really beggars belief.
I didn’t expect the ending either…