Library Ed. Books on Tape 2007
CD ISBN 978-1-4159-4590-2 $129.00 Fourteen CDs
DD ISBN $35.00
From the moment she introduces herself--a loved and trusted child in eighteenth-century Africa--through her capture by slavers, her servitude in South Carolina, her time as a runaway in New York City, and her experience as a freed woman in Nova Scotia, Aminata Diallo is a deeply compelling character. Aminata is brilliant at literacy and languages, and these become her shield and weapon. Adenrele Ojo's warm, gentle voice is a perfect instrument for rendering Meena and her world, which Hill and Ojo together make stunningly real. In a perfect universe, Ojo would not have attempted the British accents and would not, distractingly, pronounce "st" as "sht" ("shtreet," "shtrength," and so on), but it would take far more than that to render this powerful novel and sensitive performance less than remarkable. B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2008]
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