Call Me American: A Memoir Audiobook, by Abdi Nor Iftin Play Audiobook Sample

Call Me American: A Memoir Audiobook

Call Me American: A Memoir Audiobook, by Abdi Nor Iftin Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Prentice Onayemi, Abdi Nor Iftin Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525635031

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

21

Longest Chapter Length:

57:11 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

30:18 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop and watching action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. Eventually, though, Abdi was forced to flee to Kenya. In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why America still beckons to those looking to make a better life.

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“While focusing on his life in Somalia, the horror and tribulations of his family become explicit…This insightful debut yields an inside look at a largely forgotten conflict that continues to rage.”

— Library Journal (starred review) 

Awards

  • Finalist for the 2018 New England Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

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About Prentice Onayemi

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.