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  • Washington Black

  • Written by: Esi Edugyan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black - an 11-year-old field slave - is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist - whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Louise White on 2018-11-13

Brilliant storytelling and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-24

Esi Edugyan is an amazing writer. I loved “Half-blood Blues” and hew new novel - “Washington Black “ - is just as well-written. She creates characters that are complex and believable. And the story is engrossing, so much so that I had difficulty putting the book down (rather to stop listening!).
The narration was excellent! Dion Graham does a wonderful job of distinguishing characters and capturing the mood and energy of the story. My one critique is that sometimes the narration was too low in volume.

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  • The Book of Phoenix

  • Written by: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an "accelerated woman" - only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading ebooks, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and narration

  • By Laura on 2018-09-10

Amazing story and narration

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-10

I love Nnedi Okorafor’s worlds and characters. Like her other novels and short stories, The Book oh Phoenix does not disappoint! And Robin Miles does a wonderful narration. Listening to this book makes me want to listen to the other books she narrates!

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • Written by: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was disappointing

  • By Sandra.W on 2018-03-10

The next Octavia Butler?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-12

I loved every part of this book! Okay, except perhaps the obvious romance between characters (but it is a YA novel and if I was young again I would have loved that part). Wonderfully written - original story line and subplots, good character development and overall so enjoyable to listen to (and read of course). Bahni Turpin does a wonderful job (as usual). I cannot comment on her Yoruba accent as a previous listener can, but she always does amazing narrations.

  • Uprooted

  • Written by: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read!

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-18

Great story, narration sombre

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2017-11-08

I was not able to finish listening to the book. I have listened to books narrated by Julie Emelin before and loved them! But this one, her narration was too monotone. The story, however, was great! I ended up buying the book used and reading it.

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