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Listening for Lions ❮Reading❯ ➶ Listening for Lions Author Gloria Whelan – Thomashillier.co.uk If you are among evil people, you must be like the lion, gathering strength and awaiting your time Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known But when influenza strikes down her missionary If you are among evil people, you must be like the lion, gathering strength and awaiting your time Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents, she is left vulnerable prey Listening for eBook ð to her family s wicked neighbors Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel is entangled in a criminal scheme and sent to England, where she is forced into a life of deception Like the lion, she must be patient and strong, awaiting the moment when she can take control of her own fate and find her way home again at last.


10 thoughts on “Listening for Lions

  1. Dawn Dawn says:

    I absolutely loved the first two thirds of this book It received the National Book Award, and I can see why I kept thinking this is a book I wish I could write Whelan s prose is lovely and her imagery is precise and perfect I love the way she uses imagery to tie landscape and characters together wonderful The book is taut with suspense, the heroine engaging and morally sensitive, and her dilemma is real for a child She tries so hard to do what is right I also agree with a comment by my I absolutely loved the first two thirds of this book It received the National Book Award, and I can see why I kept thinking this is a book I wish I could write Whelan s prose is lovely and her imagery is precise and perfect I love the way she uses imagery to tie landscape and characters together wonderful The book is taut with suspense, the heroine engaging and morally sensitive, and her dilemma is real for a child She tries so hard to do what is right I also agree with a comment by my friend Kristine that she appreciated the book s references to Dickens because this tale itself is also quite dickensian All this praise applies to the first two thirds of the book But why did her editor let the final third slide After the climax, the last section of the book is a very long denoument This wonderful story actually becomes tedious because of a lengthy summary of predictable events until Rachel gets back to Africa I guess that provided closure for the author, but the way she wrote it tell rather than show left me disappointed It is hard to choose ratings sometimes I would have given this book a 4 or even 5, but it fizzled in the end I still think Listening for Lions is worth reading just for the first two thirds, though If some of my friends read this book, I d really like to hear your opinions


  2. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    So indeed, the first two sections of Gloria Whelan s Listening for Lions, I have definitely found them to be absolutely delightful and yes, I also could both strongly and personally relate to Rachel Sheridan s sadness and her totally shutting down emotionally and appearing as rather coldly distant after the deaths of her parents due to influenza and absolutely do understand and appreciate that Rachel also feels that she could, when she first arrives in England, not really tell the Grandfather t So indeed, the first two sections of Gloria Whelan s Listening for Lions, I have definitely found them to be absolutely delightful and yes, I also could both strongly and personally relate to Rachel Sheridan s sadness and her totally shutting down emotionally and appearing as rather coldly distant after the deaths of her parents due to influenza and absolutely do understand and appreciate that Rachel also feels that she could, when she first arrives in England, not really tell the Grandfather the truth regarding her true identity and that she had basically been forced and coerced by the Pritchards to impersonate their deceased daughter Valerie in order for them to no longer be disinherited, and especially with the spectre of prison or of an impersonal orphanage constantly even if erroneously looming , with both Rachel s voice and her depicted emotions feeling absolutely authentic and very much relatable, as well as Gloria Whellan s in the guise of main protagonist Rachael descriptions of both Tumaini and Skagsway and in particular the featured and presented flora and fauna, and definitely the many birds really bringing me major reading pleasure and joy However and the above having been said, the sections in Listening for Lions, where Rachel Sheridan who is legally called Rachel Pritchard after being adopted by the Grandfather attends school and then trains to become a doctor so she can return to Africa and set up her deceased parents hospital once again , albeit that the information presented is certainly interesting enough, in my humble opinion, Rachel relates her school and university experiences in such a monotonous tone of voice and in such an on the surface manner, that really, Rachel s schooling and medical training have felt and in particular if compared to the richness of description in the first two chapters of Listening for Lions rather majorly removed and distancing and not at all like I am reading a personal account butlike a rather mundane and cursory second hand report, interesting and educational enough, to be sure, but emotionally stagnant and annoyingly frustrating And although once Rachel right at the end of Listening for Lions does as a trained physician in fact and indeed return to Africa, that when Rachel returns to Tumaini in order to once again build and reopen the hospital, the emotionality and richness of the beginning sections of Listening for Lions is in fact kind of recaptured to an extent, the to and for me rather lacking, strangely removed and distancing school and university sections, they have certainly felt just a bit out of place, they have rather felt like Gloria Whelan has inserted into Listening for Lions an account with a very much different and unnatural tone and scope Therefore, my average rating for Listening for Lions will have to be a relatively low three stars, as it certainly has affected my reading pleasure for there to have been such a stylistic and even thematic ceasura between Rachel s arrival and sojourn at Skagsway and her school and university years


  3. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    It s shortly after World War I, and Rachel and her parents are stationed in Kenya at a mission base out side of Nairobi Her father is the doctor and her mother runs the mission school When the influenza wreaks havoc in their little village, Rachel is not left untouched She is suddenly left an orphan.Rachel s wealthy neighbors take her in, giving her a warm bed to sleep in and lavish clothes to wear But something seems amiss from the start of her stay the odd glances, their double meaning st It s shortly after World War I, and Rachel and her parents are stationed in Kenya at a mission base out side of Nairobi Her father is the doctor and her mother runs the mission school When the influenza wreaks havoc in their little village, Rachel is not left untouched She is suddenly left an orphan.Rachel s wealthy neighbors take her in, giving her a warm bed to sleep in and lavish clothes to wear But something seems amiss from the start of her stay the odd glances, their double meaning statements, their little probing questions And then Rachel finds herself tangled up, and almost trapped, in a crafty scheme that has her traveling to England to visit an incredibly wealthy old man who is on his death bed.I enjoyed this melancholy tale It was very intriguing from the start and you like Rachel and want to know what happens to her I d recommend this to tween young adult readers looking for something unique to read.Cleanliness the main character impersonates someone else but then tells the truth Mentions witch doctors Like my reviews Then you should follow me Because I have hundredsjust like this one With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and or conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you re 100 pages in, so here s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You ll see my updates as I m reading and know which books I m liking and what I m not finishing and why You ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes in children s books , I cover it all


  4. Wendy Wendy says:

    Appealing heroine, marvelous evocation of place, interesting plot until the end The final chapters are so rushed that the story feels disappointingly truncated, as if the author ran out of time or had some artificial length limitation it s already a rather thin book.


  5. Alicia Alicia says:

    One of my most favourite books ever This story reminds me about fulfilling dreams and how special home is There is sadness but also joy in this book, and every time I read it it fuels my desire to hear the lions myself one day To me it s a treasure among books.


  6. Abi Abi says:

    This has to be one of the best books I ve ever read It is filled with adventure, excitement, suspense, and surprises I can t recommended this book enough Just go read it Now.


  7. Diana Maria Diana Maria says:

    Nice, sweet story of orphan Rachel Sheridan as she ventures into the world without her wanting it alone and surrounded by people who use her for their own benefit It s a clean story, with occassional references to surgeries and blood and pains and suffering, though rather scarce I liked the first two parts of the story, beingcompact and detailed, whereas the third part is rushed and lots of things happen within the space of a few paragraphs I wish the story ended after the two thirds Nice, sweet story of orphan Rachel Sheridan as she ventures into the world without her wanting it alone and surrounded by people who use her for their own benefit It s a clean story, with occassional references to surgeries and blood and pains and suffering, though rather scarce I liked the first two parts of the story, beingcompact and detailed, whereas the third part is rushed and lots of things happen within the space of a few paragraphs I wish the story ended after the two thirds of the book but the ending was satisfying, the author letting us know how each of the characters has fared The lion is used as a laitmotif, so do not expect lions everywhere Lions mean courage, perseverance, patience, endurance, so the mention of lions is, for Rachel, a constant reminder of all those virtues that she needs to get hold of in order to survive in the world And it also reminds her of Africa and the life she had there Thus, a good story of courage, hope and perseverance All in all, it was nice reading it I also love the cover artworkit was for its sake that I began reading the book D


  8. S.G. Willoughby S.G. Willoughby says:

    I read this quite a few times around the time I was in middle school, and I remember really enjoying it But it has been SO long since I read this that I had COMPLETELY forgotten the plot It s not often you get the pleasure of reading a book for the first time a second time It wasn t as complex or magical as I remember, but this was still a beautiful story The author is talented at painting vivid pictures without a lot of extra fluff words I enjoyed the plot and the characters and most of I read this quite a few times around the time I was in middle school, and I remember really enjoying it But it has been SO long since I read this that I had COMPLETELY forgotten the plot It s not often you get the pleasure of reading a book for the first time a second time It wasn t as complex or magical as I remember, but this was still a beautiful story The author is talented at painting vivid pictures without a lot of extra fluff words I enjoyed the plot and the characters and most of all the setting Africa and England You found some of my favorite places to read about And I enjoyed the redemption in the end after all the MC lost She was lucky but she also worked really hard and was able to do something beautiful that awakens my childhood dreams of adventure and mission work and living overseas


  9. Kate Kate says:

    Whelan s compact, careful writing style shines in this story of a young girl growing up in Africa at a mission hospital, and what happens to her when the flu hits in 1919 The spare text, though descriptive, leaves lots of room to imagine yourself into the story, and I was hooked for the whole time I read the book Great middle grades read.


  10. Rod Innis Rod Innis says:

    A great story wonderfully well written Makes me want to visit rural Kenya again


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