Audiobook Review: Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Friday, December 04, 2009 Posted by Dina N


The audiobook edition of Say You're One of Them includes three of the five short stories that were originally published in hardcover last year. One of these stories takes place in Rwanda, another in Kenya, and the third in Ethiopia. They are bound together by more than geography: all three are narrated through the eyes of children who witness events that not even adults should ever observe. Unspeakable violence and hatred that tears families apart, murder and mayhem, abject poverty and religious conflict - and in the midst of it all, the voices of children who are forced to grow up long before they should. It's impossible to listen to these accounts without being emotionally involved. In the voice of these innocent children, Uwem Akpan condemns war, violence, and intolerance. The stories are fiction but are based on real events, and the powerful imagery elicits strong feelings.

Since this review pertains to the audiobook edition, I have to mention the voices that narrate the recording. They are very expressive and well-chosen, and render an additional dimension of authenticity to this outstanding collection.

You can read more about the book here.

* Disclaimer: Hachette Book Group sent me the audiobook I reviewed for free. The opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal impressions and are not influenced by the complimentary nature of the item. Image courtesy of the publisher.

3 comments:

  1. fredamans said...

    I only want to read/hear this even more.

    Great review!

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    I would really enjoy listening to this

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