• Akata Woman

  • Nsibidi Scripts, Book 3
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Nene Nwoko
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the moment Sunny Nwazue discovered she had mystical energy flowing in her blood, she sought to understand and control her powers. Throughout her adventures in Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, she had to navigate the balance between nearly everything in her life—America and Nigeria, the "normal" world and the one infused with juju, human and spirit, good daughter and powerful Leopard Person. 

Now, those hard lessons and abilities are put to the test in a quest so dangerous and fantastical, it would be madness to go . . . but may destroy the world if she does not. With the help of her friends, Sunny embarks on a mission to find a precious object hidden deep in an otherworldly realm. Defeating the guardians of the prize will take more from Sunny than she has to give, and triumph will mean she will be forever changed.

©2022 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2022 Tantor

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Coming of Age

This was a great continuation of Sunny's journey to become her full self.The colorful narration made you envision a world that could truly be. It has you on edge as she faces her destiny. The mystical world's as introduced have you dreaming of them.Many questions unasked are answered well here. I look forward to the next book. We are poised and ready for her next adventures as the amazing Sunny & Anunu learn to be one.

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A Satisfying, if Uneven, Conclusion

First I'll just say I missed the narrator from the first two books. I prefer that narrator.

Next I would observe that in the fantasy context, where it is technically possible to make up what ever you want, I still look for a story to have cohesion and no random flourishes. This book has several rather larger sections that feel entirely like flourishes that do nothing more than prove the author can think up crazy stuff. These (for me) did not contribute much to the story.

Also, a few elements from the first books felt not as strong in this one. There was not as clear a justification or need for the 4-person coven, for example. Much of the development involved Chi Chi and Sunny only, or even Sunny alone.

That said, Sunny's character does follow a very enjoyable journey here, with insights and discoveries that I found both surprising and satisfying. If not a perfect book, or as tight a story as the first volume, it is a worthy conclusion of Sunny's story and I do recommend it.

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What happened?!?!?

The narrator reads this so deliberately that it sounds like someone reading that is just learning the language. It's painfully slow. Her reading made me uninterested in the story - I am struggling getting through the second chapter. They should have stayed with Yetide Badaki.

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Performance lacking

I was disappointed when I realized Yetide Badaki wasn't narrating this sequel. Nene Nwoko's performance lacks distinction between characters. I have to repeatedly rewind to listen again as I often can't tell which character is saying what. It doesn't help that she's inconsistent with who has or doesn't have a Nigerian or American accent. Often words or phrases that are being said by a character who grew up in the US have a west African accent, or a character who's lived their whole life in Nigeria, will suddenly sound like they have an American accent. It's distracting and makes the story hard to follow.

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Different from the others.

This story was a bit different from the two previous book both in flow and performance in my opinion. The author did a great job picking up from the precious story line , but I personally was not as excited about this book due to the change in flow and the narrator. I feel in love with the story because of the story line AND true precious narrator(s$. It was evident that the characters were evolving both emotionally and physically and maybe that’s where the narrator lost me. However, was still a good read!

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Just amazing

The narrator bought the characters to life so effortlessly and the book....just wow. Will take a second listen.

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psychedelic Nigerian magic!

I love this series of books and this doesn't disappoint. This is probably the most out therein the series so far, but very cool. The Wilderness and Road are some crazy zones! The narrator is close to the voice of the previous books, but not quite.

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just keep getting better and better

I'm so in love with this book but this series it just keep getting better and better I promise you Sunny is living my whole life

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Disappointing and I miss the first reader

I am thinking of picking this book up to read to see if it is better that way and more comparable to the first two. I was so looking forward to this release. The reader of this book did such a bad job that I couldn't get through it and a really tried. I finally gave up with a couple hours left in the story.
The reader's pacing and acting is very slow with poor rhythm and makes the book feel very disjointed and boring. Her American accent is terrible too and two of the main characters are American so it makes it feel very strange. I miss the reader of the first two books, she was amazing!

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Wonderful story

This is the best book in this series yet! The only bummer is they didn’t get the narrator from previous books back, this narrator has a lovely voice but didn’t do the character voices nearly as well.