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  • Akata Witch

  • Akata Witch Series, Book 1
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing - she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • imaginative!

  • By A^3 on 04-26-18

Review of 'Akata Witch' Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator's performance was also phenomenal! The read felt easy and quick because it was so entertaining.

My only problem has nothing to do with this production but with Okorafor's choice to sort of make an ableist assertion within the story. It is a scene in which the protagonist reads a guidebook that explains that people like me who are medicated for ADHD are actually magical geniuses and this disability is a power. I wish Okorafor had avoided the continuation of this assumption. There are other moments I won't give away in which the author seems to imply that disabled persons are inherently magical.

On a good note, I appreciate that her story combats many sexist tropes. I appreciate how much not only female characters, but female (including matriarchal ideas) empowerment occurs as a driving plot point.

Last, I am glad to have found another audiobook that along with Laurie Forrest and Deborah Harkness fulfills three requirements I currently have for preferred audiobooks. It is a story of a magical female protagonist, written by a female, and performed by a female. Thank you to all the artists who collaborated to create this beautiful production!!

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  • Deep Sleep Hypnosis: Fall Asleep Instantly and Sleep Well

  • By: Jasmine Harris
  • Narrated by: Allison Mason
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

A lack of quality sleep can hinder your alertness and quality of life while awake, as anyone with sleeping issues already knows. Suffering through sleepless nights does not have to be your reality. Instead you can fall asleep fast and get quality sleep tonight and every night. Hypnosis has been used for centuries to cure many ailments, including the inability to get better sleep. You can help yourself improve the quality of your life with hypnotherapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • put me right to sleep

  • By Cassandra on 05-08-17

Review of "Deep sleep hypnosis"

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is an excellent work, the writer and narrator did great. It's peaceful and effective.

  • Wandfasted

  • The Black Witch Chronicles
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Magic, romance, and adventure collide in Wandfasted, the irresistible prequel to The Black Witch: When they painted Heretics on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get. Until they sent the dragons. But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of Death. The Crow Sorceress. Our Deliverance. The Black Witch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE this book, but not the narrator

  • By Traci S. on 06-01-18

Review for 'Wandfasted'

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This work by Laurie Forest is one of the best books that I have ever read. Her novels are especially gratifying to experience on Audible because the readers are excellent female voice actors. They truly embody the emotions that these strong protagonists have. If you are interested in witches, magic, high fantasy, and fiction that enables you to better analyze our current world, you must read this book. Jesse Vilinsky does an excellent job in her narration of this piece. One really is able to experience the reality of the protagonist and all the other characters because of Vilinksy's impressive skills. This book can be classified as a romance novel that is exciting, yet not too steamy. It is a novel that challenges your mind to be analytical and actively experience the story.