Who Fears Death : Who Fears Death

  • by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • Series: Who Fears Death
  • 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert.
She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.
Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny - to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture - and eventually death itself.

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What the Critics Say

"Okorafor examines a host of evils in her chillingly realistic tale—gender and racial inequality share top billing, along with female genital mutilation and complacency in the face of destructive tradition—and winds these disparate concepts together into a fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)

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Accented reading horrible

What would have made Who Fears Death better?

Having it read in a natural, comfortable accent - by almost anyone! But the way it is read in a horrible, forced accent in this recording is unacceptable (please see the general comments section below).


Would you recommend Who Fears Death to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The reading is uncomfortable to listen to and borderline racist.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

I have nothing against Anne per se, but I feel she should have read it in a comfortable, natural voice. If the accenting is so essential to the telling, why not choose an African and raised English speaker to read it? Or at least someone of relatively recent African origin -
Britain has a huge and highly capable African diaspora!


Any additional comments?

The reader (Anne Flosnik, a white, British women) reads the story in a horribly fake accent, where she is quite obviously trying to sound like a non-first language reader, with an "Africanised" accent. The result is a podcast that is impossible to bear listening to and, I actually feel, is quite offensive and an insult to the author and the listener.

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- Alex Antrobus

harrowing and beautiful

a really special piece of contemporary fantasy. the narrator's voice wraps around you like a warm blanket until you are completely immersed in okorafor's words.
content warnings: graphic depictions of violence , rape and genocide. in no way gratuitous but crucial to the story so can't just be skipped over.
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- kingsrollo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-07-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio