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The Book of Echoes

Narrated by: Weruche Opia
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Narrated by the soul of an enslaved African woman, this is a searing debut novel about hope, redemption and the scars of history.

Over 200 years ago in Africa, a woman tosses her young son to safety as she is hauled away by slavers. After a brutal sea passage, her second child, a baby girl, is snatched away. Although the woman doesn’t know it yet, her spirit is destined to roam the earth in search of her lost children. 

Her spirit will make its way to modern-day England, where she watches teenage Michael trying to stay out of trouble as riots spit and boil on the streets of Brixton, and to a sun-baked village in Nigeria, where Ngozi struggles to escape her low-caste status. 

As the invisible threads that draw these two lives together are pulled ever tighter, The Book of Echoes asks: how can we overcome the traumas of the past when they are woven so inextricably with the present? Humming with horror and beauty, Rosanna Amaka’s remarkable debut marks her as a vibrant new voice in fiction. 

©2020 Rosanna Amaka (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"A searing, rhapsodic novel. The Book of Echoes is filled with beauty, devastation and the power of ancestral connections that ripple through the ages." (Irenosen Okojie)

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just brilliant

Highly reccommended, the scope and depth of the storyline weaves complex historical and personal events into a "not to be put down", but deeply instructive story.

Weruche Opia's performance as reader is inspired and deserves mores more stars than are possible to award. I chose this book purely on the basis of her as reader, having listed to a previous one of hers, and wasn't disappointed.

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Wow ! Great concept Echos

Really Interesting read this book revealed insights to some realities of everyday life in parts of UK, Nigeria, some of which continue to this day in UK, Nigeria and indeed other parts of the world.

These Injustice and atrocities occur on a regular.
I found this book educational on some Igbo cultures and tradition.

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Beautiful story

I absolutely love the narrator. She really brought the story alive. The story itself is beautiful. I really recommend it!

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captivating

The Book of Echoes kept me captivated from the very beginning.
A realisti but fictionalt story about ordinary characters lives from the past through to the present day: their loves, struggles, successes and emotions can be felt through the powerful words and brilliant narration. x