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  • Freshwater

  • By: Akwaeke Emezi
  • Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side". Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok.

  • By Likes to workout on 07-02-18

Fresh is the water and the words

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Akwaeke offers fresh story framing, fresh prose, fresh concepts of duality. I swallowed this book. I needed this book. This book made me see parts of my hidden self. I can hardly write a review because I’m still digesting this book and reflecting on the inner turmoil, inner conversations that we experience without ever fully understanding the language. Beautifully written.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Of Water and Spirit

  • Ritual Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
  • By: Malidoma Patrice Somé
  • Narrated by: Malidoma Patrice Somé
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 194

Born in West Africa in the early 1950s, Somé was kidnapped at age four by a French Jesuit missionary to be trained as a priest, for the next 15 years enduring the harsh regimen of a seminary where his native language and tribal traditions were systematically suppressed. At age 20 he escaped, but when he returned to his Dugara people in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) they rejected him as an outsider. To reconnect with his native culture, Somé underwent a month-long initiation into shamanism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need more audio books like this

  • By Behudet Maat on 12-11-15

Abridged

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I wasn't too happy with the recording. I was interested in hearing the audiobook but I got a watered down version of the story which was nothing like my first read. The only part that was the same as the book was the introduction. Sorry.