• The Door to Tamba

  • A Short Story
  • By: Ishmael Beah
  • Narrated by: Maduka Steady
  • Length: 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (315 ratings)

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The Door to Tamba

By: Ishmael Beah
Narrated by: Maduka Steady
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Publisher's summary

Award-winning author and human rights activist Ishmael Beah brings us The Door to Tamba, a powerful story centered on a mining village in West Africa where the destruction of earth and pollution of life impacts the mind, body, and soul of communities. Hindolo, a storyteller, returns to his hometown after 30 years and recalls the solitary and formidable old man who opened his home to him and introduced a world of literature and imagination, which for many years, was his only escape. Hindolo begins writing the stories down on paper stolen from a nearby mine to share with his classmates.

“We will be stealing,” he remembers one of his old friends exclaiming.

“They are already stealing from us anyway,” Hindolo responds.

A thought-provoking story that returns to the basics of fiction and freedom, The Door to Tamba stays with one long after listening.

©2023 Ishmael Beah (P)2023 Audible Originals, LLC.
About the Creator - Ishmael Beah

About the Creator

Ishmael Beah is the Sierra Leonean and American author of Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel and the memoir A Long Way Gone, which was a #1 New York Times and international bestseller and has been published in more than 40 languages. The Washington Post writes, "Everyone should read this book … We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human."
His novel, written with the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, is a powerful book about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. Available in six foreign languages, the New York Times finds in his writing an "allegorical richness" and a "remarkable humanity to his [Beah’s] characters."
His third book, Little Family, was published in April 2020 by Riverhead Books. It is a profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt and marks the further blossoming of a unique global voice. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Beah lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with his wife and three children.
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About the Performer - Maduka Steady

About the Performer

A classically trained performer for more than 25 years, Maduka Steady has gone from singing and dancing on Sesame Street with Big Bird, to acting on Broadway with Dame Judi Dench. He has worked in theater, film, television, music, and voice-over across the country, and has enjoyed audiobooks since he was old enough to switch on a radio.
Maduka is from Sierra Leone, where everyone is a storyteller.

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I loved the thirst for reading in the young boys, and the wisdom of the old man

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EXQUISITE!

This was beautiful. I didn't want it to end. Such courage and curiosity in the minds of children and demonstrates this craving and thirst for knowledge and adventure is a shared human experience.

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I enjoyed reading the youthful and joyful story. The grateful teens, focusing on being young and having adventures through books.

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Took me out of my world into another

I loved the narrator, the author’s voice and the storyline as a whole. I wish this book was longer.

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Beautifully written!

The secrets of us all are within books, written to hold us, love us and describe this world we find ourselves in. Thank you for this story!

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