Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.
If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.
Praise for Binti
"With her rich, lyrical voice, narrator Robin Miles effortlessly moves among such emotions as anticipation, fear, resignation, and fortitude with just the slightest adjustments in breath. Her prodigious range elevates this short novella into a resonating performance that will linger long beyond its mere two-plus hours." - School Library Journal
"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" - Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a Whisper
©2015 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
This was a truly enjoyable experience! The narrator's voice was lovely and very suited to the story of Binti, our brave little Himba adventurer and ambassador to a previouly dredded alien race.
The world building for this story is sublime & the prose is vivid with details of a future in which we travel the universe in living ships(!!) and there were such beautiful turns of phrases throughout!
This is definitely recommended listening and reading!
I expected more but it was still very entertaining what I will say is the plot switches from peaceful to frantic very quickly and you need to be fully consumed in the story to feel the full effect of the mood change.
Firstly, it's always great to read stories about people of color in scifi and fantasy. We do exist in the future.
Binti was unsurprisingly inventive and well written, as this is written by Nnedi O. My favorite bit tho is that this simple tale is so chock full of potential lessons and messages. For this alone it is worth every minute it takes to complete.
I like the culture-play and exploration and overcoming of cultural bias and prejudice. Beautifully read.
"Great Short Story"
Loved listening just wish it was a longer story. Robin Miles did a perfect job narrorating.
"Wonderful Piece of Afro-Futurism"
A great novella, well-deserving of the Nebula Award it won. Binti is a neat glimpse into a sci-fi future where individual culture is still present. I look forward to reading what comes next.
"Short but decent"
Great performance. Kept me interested. My only real criticism is that the book skims over interesting things that could give insight into the character (life at home, which we don't even really get glimpses of, and life on the ship before Aliens), in favour of explication. It's poor form, even for a short story. Other than that, the main plot is entertaining.
This novella is simply awesome. One of the best short stories I've ever read. It had me totally entranced right from the beginning. I got hints of Scalzi, Reynolds - even Star Wars. The world felt refreshingly original, and the prose was just right for the character. And the narrator - the narrator was perfect! I was drawn right in and felt like I was there - like I knew Binti personally. If she were real, I would want to be friends.
This story is a breath of fresh air to the space opera genre. I want more. I want more of this character, this storyline and this universe. It weaves together a wonderful character, excellent backstory and worldbuilding, exotic aliens and locations - it's simply... magical.
This is an incredibly talented author. I definitely want her to write more, and I want to read all of it. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this one.
This genre was different for me. I'd seen ppl mentioning this book & author on Twitter which piqued my interest. I bought the book months ago and added the Audible option to it but did not listen to it until yesterday (12.30.16). I absolutely loved it! I laughed, cried, and wanted more. I hadn't realized it was a novella until I was halfway through it. Admittedly, I had to condition my ears and my brain to listen and understand an accent with inflections, enunciation, and pronunciation that I was not used to hearing. In other words, I had to stop being lazy. The narrator was excellent. I truly almost missed out on a wonderful experience. I was on that journey with Binti. The descriptions were so brilliant. I felt a range of emotions with her and for her. I was afraid for her through most of the story. I was proud of her too. And I was SO offended that a stranger touched her hair without asking that I may have blurted out some expletives on her behalf. I am going to read it. I need to see the words. I will probably end up buying a hard copy as well so I can read it slow and write in the margins. Then I will listen to it again. I was sad when it ended because I wasn't ready for the journey to end. I want to know how her parents will react. And how her people will respond to her being a pioneer. I recommend that everyone read this book. This is definitely worth your time and money.
"N.O. never disappoints!"
I would read a 100 more novels just like this one. Every book she writes is a complete pleasure to read.
"Phenomenal Narrator, Story Fell Flat"
I loved the elements of an African type culture, thinking about identity and culture while also set in space. I also liked how smart the MC was and how she loved science and math.
It wasn't developed enough. I didn't care about one event in the story because I had no previous attachment to the side characters. Everything felt too wrapped up and convenient when it was very jarring to begin with. If it was a full length novel, with enough space to explain the different aliens, the university and more of the tension, it would've been beautiful.
Binti was the only character I had any attachment too. She brought up great ideas of culture, purpose, famliy, etc.
It is solely for Miles's narration. She can switch from her normal voice to a flawless African accent that made me want to keep listening. She has a smooth and inviting voice that begs to be listened to.
While the story fell flat in regards to pacing and too convenient of an ending, I'm glad I read another diverse book and experienced a new author. I recommend this to people who prefer short works, or looking for something a bit weird. Not quite for me, but definitely worth looking into.
"Great short story. We'll narrated."
Just a wonderful science fiction story from another culture that is not the mainstream. I loved it!
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