Oil on Water by Helon Habila audiobook

Oil on Water

By Helon Habila
Read by Richard Allen

Dreamscape
8.62 Hours Unabridged
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In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, a British oil executive’s wife has been kidnapped. Two journalists - a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq - are sent to find her. In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense, Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and cynical disillusionment in a journey full of danger and unintended consequences. As they navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells, they must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants. Assailed by irresolvable versions of the ‘truth’ about the woman’s disappearance, dependant on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties, their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable, but other values might yet salvage their human dignity.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the June 2011 Indie Next List

In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, a British oil executive’s wife has been kidnapped. Two journalists - a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq - are sent to find her. In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense, Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and cynical disillusionment in a journey full of danger and unintended consequences. As they navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells, they must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants. Assailed by irresolvable versions of the ‘truth’ about the woman’s disappearance, dependant on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties, their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable, but other values might yet salvage their human dignity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Habila has a filmic ability to etch scenes on the imagination.” Independent
“A cinematic adventure and a remarkably tense race against the clock set in a haunting world of mangroves, floating villages, and jungle shrines—but it is also a brooding political tragedy in the Graham Greene tradition, one that illustrates the environmental and human costs of resource extraction in corrupt, postcolonial Africa…His mournful vision of the world never eclipses its fragile beauty, or its humanity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Helon Habila

Author Bio: Helon Habila

Helon Habila is the internationally renowned author of Waiting for an Angel, which won both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing, as well as Measuring Time and Oil on Water. He was born in Nigeria and now divides his time between America and Nigeria.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 8.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English