Say You're One of Them

  • by Uwem Akpan
  • Narrated by Robin Miles, Dion Graham
  • 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees - a microcosm of today's Africa - a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.Uwem Akpan's debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

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What the Critics Say

"All the promise and heartbreak of Africa today are brilliantly illuminated in this debut collection." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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Customer Reviews

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Save your Money!

I downloaded this book because Oprah recommended it. I had to FORCE myself to finish it. It was boring, and I just never actually cared about the characters. Not that the stories weren't tragic, but I was bored beyond belief. I kept looking at my I-phone to see how much was left. I do not recommend this book.
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- Michal "I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read."

its boring

I downloaded this book for all the promotion I heard in Oprah show. It's not as good as they said it was.
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- Magda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio