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A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book. She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone. She has a story to tell....

The Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor's powerful, memorable, superhuman women.

Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an "accelerated woman" - only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading ebooks, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. Then one evening Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life.

Devastated by his death and Tower 7's refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape. But Phoenix's escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity's future.

©2015 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful, Fresh, Different

Where does The Book of Phoenix rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The fresh point of view - not your conquering European grandfather's take on life in the world and the main character is a strong female. Loved that.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

She really knows how to make each character come alive in the mind's eye with tone of voice, accents, etc. Also, there is no clear break from recording to recording as some audiobooks have.

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  • Anya
  • Grinnell, IA
  • 02-01-16

Stunningly unique and beautiful story

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor took me completely by surprise in the best possible way. I went in really not having any idea what to expect, and what I got was a near future sci-fi wrapped in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi starring a Nigerian anti-heroine who I grew to love in the way only fictional characters can make us love. I also was surprised that my new favorite narrator, Robin Miles, performed this audiobook and (not surprising) she was absolutely perfect. I am now completely hooked on this author and will be promptly diving in to the companion book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I didn't understand this book

I enjoyed it right up to until the end and then the end confused me. I don't like this "let's just start over attitude" because humanity will always have good and evil and degrees in between no matter how often we are wiped out and we start over again. I prefer that good fight evil and for a while wins even if it can't last. However this book was beautifully written and performed and perhaps others will be able to see the hope in it that I couldn't find.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I listened till the end but somehow missed it(?)

The ending seemed abrupt. Otherwise 5 stars. side note, the detailed descriptions of the various Ethiopian dishes made my mouth water and want to search out an African restaurant!

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Read this second

Read Who Fears Death first.

Both are fantastic stories, but this is more dynamic, adventurous.

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Salaam

This should be a major motion picture! On the scale of meh to dope, this book is ultra Dope! Nuff said!

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magnificent

breathtaking story telling from beginning to end...a must read for any true sci fi enthusiast.

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Good premise, terrible execution

The premise was good, but the story execution was awful. I couldn't even get through half of the book. Robin Miles did a great job as always. She deserves better material to work with.

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Brilliant Storytelling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would HIGHLY recommend this book, to anyone. It is eminently readable, well narrated, and just a delight.

What did you like best about this story?

The pairing of Robin Miles's excellent and expressive narration with Nnedi Okorafor's unforgettable characters and vivid descriptions is unbeatable. The protagonist was utterly foreign to me - she is of african descent, an Advanced Biological Organism, and is only two years old at the start, but yet, Nnedi is able to make her sympathetic and relatable. I rejoiced and sorrowed with her throughout the story. I won't say more for fear of spoiling, but if you're reading this review, READ THE BOOK.

Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I can't get enough of Robin Miles as a narrator. She is marvelous.

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Absolutely mesmerizing!

This story is a complete original idea and it had me hooked from beginning to end while wanting more! Each character was rich and colorful in their own right and I felt as if I could actually feel the heat coming off of Phoenix's wings at some points.