• A Girl Named Disaster

  • By: Nancy Farmer
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Medal, 1997.

Eleven-year-old Nhamo is running for her life. When the village witch finder decrees that she must marry a cruel stranger to propitiate an evil spirit, her only recourse is to steal a fishing boat and go looking for a father she has never met. Alone on the Musengezi River, Nhamo has meager resources to help her survive loneliness, hunger, wild animals, and even land mines. During the grueling months in her leaking boat and on a deserted island, she has only visions of her dead mother and other spirit ancestors to sustain her. They transform her solitary journey into a luminous spiritual odyssey, one from which she will need to draw strength when she reaches her destination. 

Listeners who have enjoyed another of her Newbery Honor books, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, know the broad range of imagination and talent this award-winning author brings to her work. Young listeners will gain a healthy respect for the richness of cultural diversity even as they're realizing the universality of the human experience. 

©1996 Nancy Farmer (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

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Folklore of Mozambique and Zimbabwe

I enjoyed hearing the African stories and folktales. Anyone that has an interest in Zimbabwe and Mozambique lore would enjoy this book. I especially enjoyed the definitions given at the end of the book; it provided me with a better insight into the folklore.

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FINALLY Audible has this fantastic book!

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I've loved A Girl Named Disaster for a long time, but haven't heard it in a long while because FOREVER it was only available in out of print cassette tapes. I'm so happy Audible has it as I'm a huge fan of Nancy Farmer and her writing. Thank you Audible!

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Unique

I much enjoyed learning somewhat about African culture. The story was entertaining throughout. Africa is truly a mysterious place. The book peaked my interest to learn more.

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Excellent performance by Lisette Lecat

Ms. Lecat's ability to create different characters with her voice really brings the novel to life, and added to my enjoyment of the novel. Kudos to you, Ms.. Lecat!

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Fascinating

This story took me to different world. The girl suffers starvation and disease, but more importantly grinding loneliness. Throughout everything there is a mood of hope, strength, courage.

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Good at beginning but it is so long

it goes on to long and it puts filler in you can cut half of the book and it would be better

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Memories

I remember reading this book in the seventh grade and couldn't wait to hear it again. It's amazing how differently I interpret the story now than I did as a child. Amazing to learn about different cultures while being told a story at the same time. Truly a great way for young minds to learn.

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Extraordinary

Listening to this audiobook is a life changing experience. It is clear that the author has deep connections and the utmost respect for the characters and cultures in her story. This book has solidified Nancy Farmer as one of my favorite authors. And of course, another beautiful narration by Lisette Lecat.

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So good!

Nhamo's adventure and finding her far away family but returning away is fun. Also, she finds a new family that will take care of her.

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Good book

G r e a t b o o k l o v e d I t sorry I need to do that for the fifteen word limit