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THE TYRANT'S DAUGHTER [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Carleson
Author's First Name: 
J. C.
Narrator's First Name: 
Meera
Narrator's Last Name: 
Shimhan
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

After her father’s assassination in a bloody coup, 15-year-old Laila must adapt to American life and reconcile her memories of privilege with an opposing worldview. An afterword by the author, a former undercover CIA agent, follows Siman and Benard’s expert narration of the story.

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 MEETING NOTES FOR JULY

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POSITIVE COMMENTS

  • Audio is done in a very authentic way.
  • Very strong Northern Virginia setting. It's accurate.
  • Great essay at the end adds a lot to the package.
  • You don't have to be an immigrant with this background to experience the "new person" feeling.

CONCERNS

  • Like the book, concern about overall authenticity.

Pros: - Felt like a

Pros: - Felt like a realistic depiction of a repressed girl's immigrant experience (her transition into the Western world was reminiscent of a Rumpspringa) - Most of the characters were well-rounded and our knowledge about them grew with Leila's. - The narrator was excellent and deftly handled the various voices and accents - The afterword is impressive and adds legitimacy to the novel Cons: - The mom never quite felt like an entirely fleshed-out character. She felt a bit like a caricature, but some of that might be a reflection of Leila not seeing her as a full person, either. Colleen Beaupre

 MEETING NOTES FOR JUNE

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  • Still needs more listeners for discussion.

 MEETING NOTES FOR MAY

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Meeting Notes for April

Meeting Notes for April 26.

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