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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: Chris Abani Narrator: Chris Abani Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781440796630
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The Elvis Oke of Chris Abani's novel is a child left to fend for himself in the urban jungle of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a talent for Elvis impersonations (hence the name) and wants to make it big so he can escape his violent and tumultuous life. In a place where angels fear to tread and only fools rush in, Elvis searches for redemption and a small piece of graceland. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 5/28/2011

    " Sordid,violent, not a glimmer of hope or humanity. Couldn't finish last ten pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 5/18/2011

    " This a story about life in the gritty streets of Legos. The story was good but I didn't how the story ended. I guess the ending was more "real life", but I don't read fiction for the "real life." Give me closure any day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heike | 5/5/2011

    " Very well-written but ambitious in the complex intertwining of several strands of narrative and several modes of text (recipes, description of rituals, narrative). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/20/2011

    " Tale of a Nigerian Elvis impersonator -- but not as funny as it sounds. Gets dark quickly, a search for fathers and identity and revolution -- Redemption more than anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigib | 12/25/2010

    " Interesting perspective of African youth living in poverty. Well written from a child's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 11/18/2010

    " An interesting portrayal of a very hard life. Also a coming of age story. I enjoyed reading it; it was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/10/2010

    " Well written and fast paced, this book was interesting and unfortunately saddening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/17/2010

    " Warning: This book does not tread lightly (nor should it). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 7/3/2010

    " A captivating story that is marred by really poor structure. A simple, straightforward narrative would have been much better than the flashbacks, African recipes and random quotes that begin every chapter. What was the editor thinking? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 6/23/2010

    " Good book, poor ending. Very haunting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chella | 6/2/2010

    " about half way into graceland. love the characaterization of elvis and of lagos, nigeria "

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About the Author
Author Chris Abani

Chris Abani is the acclaimed author of GraceLand and The Virgin of Flames. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Hemingway/PEN Prize, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.