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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Abdi Nor Iftin Narrator: Prentice Onayemi, Abdi Nor Iftin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 19, 2018 ISBN: 9780525635031
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The inspirational tale of a boy in wartorn Africa who fell in love with America through movies and escaped his country's turmoil to move here--a story of remarkable courage, determination, and triumph.

Born in Somalia shortly before the country descended into years of brutal civil war, Abdi Nor Iftin learned to speak English by watching Schwarzenegger movies and listening to American pop songs. His first direct experience with an American was when he cheered the arrival of the Marines to take on the warlords in Mogadishu. When Somalia emerged from war only to succumb to the radical Islamist al Shabaab, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to National Public Radio and the Internet. Astoundingly, several Western listeners were able to get desperately needed cash to Abdi until the untenable situation in Somalia forced him to flee to Kenya as a refugee. In a near miraculous stroke of luck, he won entrance to the US in the annual visa lottery--though his route to America would take him through a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Kenya. Abdi is now a proud resident of Portland, Maine, on a path to citizenship in two years. His dramatic, deeply stirring story offers a vivid reminder of why America still beckons to so many looking to make a better life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • [A] wrenching yet hopeful autobiography… Iftin’s extraordinary saga is not just a journey of self-advancement but a quest to break free from ethnic and sectarian hatreds. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • A searing memoir…that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational. Kirkus (Starred Review)
  • Absolutely remarkable and always as compelling as a novel… An essential immigrant story, one that is enlightening and immediate. Booklist (Starred Review)
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About the Narrator

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.