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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Uwem Akpan Narrator: Robin Miles, Dion Graham, Kevin Free Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Eberhard | 2/16/2014

    " This book is terrible .... I had to struggle to read 10%. I don't know how many pages this represented since I was on my Kindle reader and it does not show page count, only %. I will usually give a book 75-100 pages to "capture me" and if it fails by then, well, I have better things to do. "Say Your're One of Them" is the worst reading experience I have had since ..... I can't remember one worse. I am moving on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/12/2014

    " It's an Oprah Book Club selection. It got three stars from many reviewers. I couldn't take it. I read only one and a half stories. The first was about a 12 year old prostitute who supported her family. Stark, mean, distressing, ugly....a few of the words that come to mind in describing the story. The second started off a little easier. It's about an uncle who is preparing to sell his nephews, I think. I don't want to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by bjneary | 2/9/2014

    " I think all of these short stories about the dire circumstances of families, children and adults in the African countries of Gabon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria as told by Uwem Akpan needs to be read by teens and adults the world over in order to feel their pain, their pride and their bitter, heartbreaking struggles in daily life and war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 1/24/2014

    " Very interesting read - all the stories are from the perspective of children. I struggled with the dialogue, understanding what the characters were actually saying though. Maybe it's because I'm not used to all the dialects - but I did really struggle with that part of the book. Definitely made me appreciate the blessings we have here in the United States!! "

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About the Author
Author Uwem Akpan

Uwem Akpan was born in the village of Ikot Akpan Eda in southern Nigeria. After studying philosophy and English at Creighton and Gonzaga universities, he studied theology for three years at the Catholic University of East Africa. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006. “My Parents’ Bedroom” was one of five short stories by African writers chosen as finalists for the Caine Prize for African Writing. In 2007, Akpan began a teaching assignment at a Jesuit college in Harare, Zimbabwe.