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by Chigozie Obioma | Read by Chukwudi Iwuji

Benjamin remembers the summer that changed his life and the lives of his siblings as children in Nigeria, a place of both danger and poetry. Chukwudi Iwuji captures Nigerian speech in slightly accented English. This gives the narrative an authentic sound—as if the listener is hearing the recollections of a friend's past instead of a novel. The story moves forward steadily with Iwuji's consistent pace. He dramatizes many of the older characters with a theatrical quality distinguished by pauses and louder volume. The listener is especially drawn to the playful perspectives of boys nearing the end of their innocence. M.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2016 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine