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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Highly Recommended!!!

This book invokes so many different emotions. I makes you wonder how much of it is fiction because the narrators did such a wonderful job at reading the story that one would think that they were telling their own life stories. I love this book and I recommend it.
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- Sophia

Ugly but Beautiful

I picked this up because of a review I heard on NPR, not because of anything to do with Oprah, but I almost feel like I must have listened to a different book than the other reviewers. The stories were fresh and engaging. Akpan is a morbid O'Henry, or maybe a Rhole Dahl (as in his adult stories, not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). If I had any criticisms of this book they would be that first, I knew where each train wreck was headed (though like a train wreak I could not look away) and second that I could see where someone could have a hard time with the ascent of the first narrator (though it makes sense for an African to narrate a story of an African child). I loved this book.
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- Paul Z.

Book Details

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