• The Black Pages

  • Black Stars
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Naomi Ackie
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (519 ratings)

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The Black Pages

By: Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Naomi Ackie
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Publisher's summary

By fate and fire, a being four millennia old is reborn in Mali in a short story of contemporary African life and ancient secrets by the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Binti trilogy.

Issaka has returned home to Timbouctou and a devastating al-Qaeda raid. His only hope for survival is Faro, a stunning, blue-beaded supernatural entity who rises free from the flames of her imprisoning book as it burns. Compelled to follow Faro, Issaka is opening his eyes to their shared history and the ancestral wisdom of his own past.

Nnedi Okorafor’s The Black Pages is part of Black Stars, a multi-dimensional collection of speculative fiction from Black authors. Each story is a world much like our own. Read or listen to them in a single sitting.

©2021 by Nnedi Okorafor. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Favorite narrator in the collection

I loved the story, it’s a world I absolutely want more of! And the writing was so well done. But honestly I’m a little in love with Naomi’s voice after this. In the beginning I actually struggled to focus on the content of the words because I was so memorised by the sound of her voice. I’m hoping she narrates more books soon!

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AWESOME

Please, Please, PLEEEEEASE! Make a continuation of some sort. This story was soooooo good. The combination of so many thing brought this to the peak of Afro-Futurism.

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Uneven mix of the modern world and mysticism

The beginning of the story seemed confusing and disjointed. As things progress it begins to make more sense, but I never quite liked how the circumstances of the characters were presented. The premise was interesting but the execution seemed lacking.

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Boring

I’m glad this book did not cost me a credit. This book was not as interested as I had hoped. There was a lot of potential for greatness.

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  • 10-02-21

excellent short story

This was masterfully written and performed. I am going to listen to the other stories like it.

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Africa is the new old world

This fiction feels very real and made me wonder what this part of Africa was like before colonization and Islamization, Nnedi wrote a great short story, hope to see more!

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African spiritual intelligence

I loved this book, the glimpses into ancient spiritual wisdom and truth. We need more of this in the US. African knowledge, history has been too long ignored here. Give us more!

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Disappointing

I didn’t enjoy this. Some weird fantastical wiener shoehorned into a devastating commentary on religion and politics. No character development.

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  • 02-08-23

I just needed more!

I loved getting settled into the story, but I just needed more. Will this be made into a full novella at least?

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Kinda boring

Kinda boring but it was ok. Nice to have something different to read. Especially in the fantasy genre

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