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Say You're One of Them

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Uwem Akpan

Narrated By: Kevin Free, Robin Miles, Dion Graham

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: November 2009

Duration: 11 hours 10 minutes


Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord.
In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew about the tribal conflict in Rwanda. The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents. They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children. This singular collection will also take the reader inside Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa.

Akpan's voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent.


  • Susan W

    I didn’t really like listening to this book. It was so far removed from anything in my experience that it was hard to relate to. The religious theme was too much and the last story moved soooo slowly. Yawn

  • Shari P

    This book is enlightening and interesting. The characters's lives are very different from my own, making me grateful for what I have. As another reader pointed out, it's a tough read, and I found myself a bit depressed at the end of each story.

  • Risikat Adesaogun

    The book is fantastic. A hard read though, because the stories are so striking. The stories sat with me for a long time after I read them.

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