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Crossing Over

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins

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Summary

Edie is struggling. She’s increasingly confused, but she can’t let the women in the village find that out - they’d only talk. But she’s forgetting so much - forgetting to wear matching clothes, forgetting to bake one of her walnut cakes for the WI sale...and forgetting to lock the door...until one day she wakes to find Jonah in her house and herself in her past.

Jonah is struggling. The journey to England was illegal and dangerous, and he’s the only one who survived - and he still hasn’t made it to London. Everything will be fine if he can just get to London. But can he leave Edie to look after herself? And can he hide from the authorities? And from his past?

About the audiobook

Ann Morgan has written an affecting and absorbing tale of an elderly woman losing herself to dementia and an illegal immigrant suffering from PTSD who has found England is not the utopia he was promised. The relationship between the two is touching yet mutually suspicious and uneasy; both are scared, moreover, of the outside world - Edie is worried she’ll be put in a home, and Jonah is worried he will be deported. Neither can cope on their own - but can they rely on each other when they can’t trust anyone else? 

About the author

Ann Morgan’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times and the New Internationalist. Her first book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer (Harvill Secker/WW Norton), was published following the success of her project to read a book from every country throughout 2012. Her best-selling debut novel, Beside Myself (Bloomsbury), was released to great acclaim in 2016.

©2018 Ann Morgan (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Mrs B
  • 05-19-19

Jonah from Malawi

I struggled with the middle part of this book. I was committed to finishing it because of Jonah's storyline/plot and the impact of climate change , livelihood and poverty. Eti's story for me felt like a framework we were being given to tell Jonah's story. It was too much for me to have such strong characters and as such felt like Eti's story fell flat. Andoa Anjoh is a brilliant narratar. She didn't get the Chewa accent as Jonah at times sounded Nigerian and in some.parts Zimbabwean but she was good at bringing his character to life

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  • MAGGS
  • 05-19-19

Crossing Over - funny at times

Crossing Over - funny at times & sad at others
I would say this is a not read book, but it’s ok if on daily deals
Good narration

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-17-19

absolutely fabulous

maybe it's my age , but uncanny dialogue from.a different age performed brilliantly and such a brilliantly written story of the feelings related to hardships wherever we go. much recommended .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-19

Unsettling

I found this a strange little book. Uncomfortable listening at times. It deals with some difficult issues and all of the characters are flawed in their own way. It left me feeling very sad - inevitable I guess and it doesn’t make it a bad book, but overall I tend to prefer something a bit more uplifting!

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  • janien
  • 05-13-19

Implausible so lost interest

This one is going back. Picked up as a daily deal and didn’t enjoy it one jot. Implausible story line and the presentation re accents is poor. Much better reads out there.

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  • jo
  • 05-09-19

Irrelevant back story and some dodgy accents

The story was initially engaging but fast became tedious by dwelling too much on the past lives of the main characters. I would like to have seen more of a rapport between the two characters rather than just being told what Jonah did for Edie.
I couldn’t come to grips with the idea that Edie’s life was completely dominated by a short liaison with a thoroughly nasty character, especially since she had been disgusted when she witnessed him having sex with someone else on ‘their” date.
I didn’t like Edie’s accent, she sounded like an old washer woman, yet had been a young girl with a privileged life. Generally I think the narrator was confused about it, and as and when to use/ change it. This was a shame because the reader had a lovely voice.
Disappointing end because it didn’t create the empathy most refugees deserve, due to the fact that the drug addled criminal brother of Jonah was planning to come to England.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-19

fantastic

not my usual genre but a fantastic story well written and brilliantly read enthralling five-star

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  • Rose Bird
  • 04-02-19

Rubbish

Never had such a waste of time and money and would NOT REOMMEND only put stars as
couldnt send otherwise

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