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Who Fears Death

Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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An award-winning literary author enters the world of magical realism with her World Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in postapocalyptic Africa. 

Now optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin! 

In a postapocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different - special - she names her Onyesonwu, which means 'who fears death?' in an ancient language. 

It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu - a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her. 

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love and the spiritual mysteries of her culture and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.

©2018 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliant Book perfectly Narrated

I don’t have time to write a full review, all I will say is Nnedi Okorafor is a truly formidable and evocative storyteller who even the likes of George R R Martin have praised. I already own the paperback and decided to give the audiobook a try... What I didn’t expect was such this utterly flawless and authentic performance by Nneka Okoye. This was more than simply narrating the book. Okoye perfectly embodies the character of Onyesonwu and brings the story to life. Perfectly executed.

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Amazing!!!

An absolute must listen! You might be thinking yeah but it's long... Honestly, I didn't even notice the time passing and I straight away downloaded the prequel

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Challenging take on the Hero's Journey

Okorafor's prose is simple when it wants to be, but masterfully immersive, verging on the poetic when the story requires. If your eyes are dry at the funeral, then we're very different people. This book comes with several strong trigger warnings, but manages to cover all these difficult subjects with sincerity and empathy; even when the protagonist sulks, the story is never flippant. My only complaint is that the audio isn't mixed for headphones, so when Okoye whispers I have to bump the volume up, and when she shouts a sentence later my ear drums blow out. Her actual performance was perfect for the main character, struggling only with the range of lower-register shouty men.

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Sweet sorrow

Beautiful and insightful. The voice of the narrator really brought the story to life. I became present and transported. Thank you

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Riveting African Odyssey

I enjoyed the performance. I was introduced to the world of Nuru and Okeke in her collection of short stories and I was pleased to get more meat the bones of that premise.

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loved it

I would add a sixth 🌟 if I could, enjoyed the readers pronouncation of the words.

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Fantastic story and narration

Brilliant Fantasy/Sci-fi crossover story with a strong (but not patronising) female protagonist. Wonderful writing and beautiful imagery. However, beware - there are very graphic descriptions of rape and violence. Narration was excellent. Highly recommend as an audio book!

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A fascinating read

Nnedi wove a magical tale that was raw and full of adventure. the concept here of beings in the supernatural world..and even then of an African nature had me on the edge of my seat. Well done Nnedi.

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An Exhilarating Experience

This novel is everything you've been looking for. it tears apart your soul and puts it back together again too many times to count.

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Briiliant

I enjoyed this book immensely. brilliantly written and narrated The characters are multi faceted and the story moves along at an excellent pace xxxxx

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Magnificent!

Extremely good story, pace, narration, world... One of the best books I have ever read