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Another amazing novel by Okorafor

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-02-11

Okorafor is an incredible writer. Her characters are complex and interesting, but what she does best is world-building. Her abiiity to create and write fictional worlds that merge the real world with ancient and contemporary myths. Indeed, what I love about all Okorafor's work is how her imagined worlds disrupt and dismantle patriarchal and white hegemonic ideas, structures, and language. While her Binti series is my favourite, I love Akata Witch (I have yet to read the others that follow) because it brings her imaginings to a younger audience. The narrators are both great! My only critique is that in a few places the voices became indistinguishable.

Beautiful exploration of the complexities of power

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-05-13

I love Ann Leckie's novels because she writes so well about the diverse and dynamic complexities of power relations. In "The Raven Tower", she does this just as well as her science fiction novels. I did not immediately realise the links to Hamlet, but once this was pointed out to me I saw the many ways in which she drew on characters and relations from Hamlet. In particular, I loved the parallels to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Adjoa Andoh is an incredible narrator and has made the many characters almost perfectly distinguishable.She is on my narrators to follow list now!! I would love to see her act...alas I do not live in the UK.

Brilliant storytelling and narrations

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-04-27

Marlon James is a brilliant writer. I love his use of language and the way he creates and develops characters. I began reading this book, but then decided it was best to listen to it. And wow! The narrators are all excellent and give life to Marlon James amazing writing. I cannot recommend this book enough!!
I started to listen to James' "Black Leopard, Red Wolf', but that is a book that needs to be read. I need the map to spatially orient me as I read. While the narrator for that novel is incredible, I just could not follow it well.

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Incredible story and amazing narration

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Reviewed: 2019-01-30

I love Adichie's writing - it is very powerful, descriptive and creates very real atmospheres. I knew very little about Biafra when I began, and after reading (listening) to the book I ended up reading more on the history of the Biafran movement and present day struggles.
Zainab Jah's narration is incredible! She is on my list of new favourite narrators and hope she records more.

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Brilliant storytelling and narration

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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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Amazing story and narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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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!

The next Octavia Butler?

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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

Great story, narration sombre

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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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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