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Crossing Over

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

This is the time when I write a review that is different to the general consensus. I disagree with a lot of the negative comments and would recommend this book.

I greatly enjoyed the story and thought it was written with passion and understanding, it is an unlikely friendship and some of the early part of the story had me laughing out loud. As the book progressed there were some equally sad moments that made your heart sink and sadness wash over you.

I loved the way Jonah often did not understand English people with his African upbringing and values, he was desperately trying to understand the meaning of what people say and their actions. His sense of family community and looking after the elders was touching and real, a trait that is often sadly lacking nowaday.
No spoilers but when Edie was in hospital and he described the scene on the ward with the nurses and doctors attending her, Jonah felt that no one truly cared about Edie as they were all wrapped up with their own lives, I found this quite haunting but could empathise with his views.

Jonahs story was very sad and the desperation of these refugees for a better future anywhere rather than where they are is described very well.

Edies story is equally well told, despite the reviews to the contrary.

I am a fan of Adjoa Andoh, but I felt it was not her best performance.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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fantastic

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

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Great book

I have just finished this book. Crossing Over. It was remarkable. I never read a book before that was in part in the voice of someone with dementia. Very powerful and well constructed. In addition, it is difficult to write in an African voice as the tone can easily become paternalistic and condescending. Ann Morgan nailed it. I felt enormous compassion for Jonah and felt your description of his journey was so insightful. She is a a really excellent author and I cannot wait for her next book.

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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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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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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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Not for me

The narration of this book was fantastic! There was nothing wrong with the book in principle, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It dealt with some hard-hitting subjects and I’m sure some people will thoroughly enjoy it.

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Engrossing, emotional

This is my first audiobook - and I'm sold! It's such a different experience from reading but really enjoyable. This book in particular works so well. The narrator really gets to grips with Edie's failing memory and growing confusion; and Jonah's personal traumas are just as vividly recreated. It's a novel with many layers and strong character voices that the narrator deftly brought to life. While there aren't always happy endings in this world of Edie and Jonah there is still love, laughter, and ultimately hope.

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Not top of my recommendation list but a good read

The story was a bit slow-moving but pretty good. I liked how 'ET''s thoughts were depicted towards the end of the story. It added to the confusion and tension, making it easier to empathise with the character

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Enjoyable.

Adjoa Andoh is a very skilled voice actress however, I'm not a huge fan of readers who put on lots of different voices for different characters nor when an audio book has more than two readers. What I enjoyed the most was how the two, unlikely protagonists became entangled together and how their relationship develops. I found both characters intriguing and funny and could've happily listened to a lot more about them and their time shared together. The main issue I had with this book is how much the author dwelled on the characters pasts because I would switch off after a while during these parts and I'd rather the author had spent more time on the present but overall I thought it was a good story.

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