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Binti

By: Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.

Praise for Binti
"With her rich, lyrical voice, narrator Robin Miles effortlessly moves among such emotions as anticipation, fear, resignation, and fortitude with just the slightest adjustments in breath. Her prodigious range elevates this short novella into a resonating performance that will linger long beyond its mere two-plus hours." – School Library Journal

"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" — Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a Whisper

©2015 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Firstly, it's always great to read stories about people of color in scifi and fantasy. We do exist in the future.
Binti was unsurprisingly inventive and well written, as this is written by Nnedi O. My favorite bit tho is that this simple tale is so chock full of potential lessons and messages. For this alone it is worth every minute it takes to complete.

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Wonderful Piece of African Futurism

A great novella, well-deserving of the Nebula Award it won. Binti is a neat glimpse into a sci-fi future where individual culture is still present. I look forward to reading what comes next.

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Initially Intimated

This genre was different for me. I'd seen ppl mentioning this book & author on Twitter which piqued my interest. I bought the book months ago and added the Audible option to it but did not listen to it until yesterday (12.30.16). I absolutely loved it! I laughed, cried, and wanted more. I hadn't realized it was a novella until I was halfway through it. Admittedly, I had to condition my ears and my brain to listen and understand an accent with inflections, enunciation, and pronunciation that I was not used to hearing. In other words, I had to stop being lazy. The narrator was excellent. I truly almost missed out on a wonderful experience. I was on that journey with Binti. The descriptions were so brilliant. I felt a range of emotions with her and for her. I was afraid for her through most of the story. I was proud of her too. And I was SO offended that a stranger touched her hair without asking that I may have blurted out some expletives on her behalf. I am going to read it. I need to see the words. I will probably end up buying a hard copy as well so I can read it slow and write in the margins. Then I will listen to it again. I was sad when it ended because I wasn't ready for the journey to end. I want to know how her parents will react. And how her people will respond to her being a pioneer. I recommend that everyone read this book. This is definitely worth your time and money.

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Absolutely Perfect!


This novella is simply awesome. One of the best short stories I've ever read. It had me totally entranced right from the beginning. I got hints of Scalzi, Reynolds - even Star Wars. The world felt refreshingly original, and the prose was just right for the character. And the narrator - the narrator was perfect! I was drawn right in and felt like I was there - like I knew Binti personally. If she were real, I would want to be friends.

This story is a breath of fresh air to the space opera genre. I want more. I want more of this character, this storyline and this universe. It weaves together a wonderful character, excellent backstory and worldbuilding, exotic aliens and locations - it's simply... magical.

This is an incredibly talented author. I definitely want her to write more, and I want to read all of it. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this one.

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I was very excited about listening to this book as I have enjoyed listening to Robin Miles's voice and this was a super hyped science fiction book. In truth, this book wasn't bad but didn't live up to the hype. Some parts seem to be slightly rushed and not as well explained as I would have liked. One example of such instances, is why and how Binti developed a close relationship with Okwu. It seemed to be because her gift for healing but it could also be that he took her food and water everyday. I'm still not fully sure, so I'll go for a mix of both.

Also, I didn't care for the thick accent that Ms. Miles did for this book. As someone who is hearing impaired it was very difficult to understand her at times. Even a friend who I buddy listened to this book with couldn't understand it and they have great hearing. It is possible to understand her but beware that it might not be as easy as it is for other books.

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Great Short Story

Loved listening just wish it was a longer story. Robin Miles did a perfect job narrorating.

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Tribal Sci-Fi

I like the culture-play and exploration and overcoming of cultural bias and prejudice. Beautifully read.

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Couldn't Get Through the Full Book

I was not pleased with this book. The accent of the narrator makes it difficult to follow. The story was boring and not worth my time. I could not get invested in the story and stopped listening with 30 minutes to go. I will not continue reading or listening to this series.

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  • 11-05-18

Uplifting and magical

The narrators soft pronounciation seems perfect for such an uplifting and positive story. My only complaint might be that it is quite short, but that can be a positive as well. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Beautiful story!

I enjoyed listening to this beautiful sorry about Binti! the narrator is great! The story is beautifully written. it's a story of hope, peace, friendship.

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  • 06-24-21

Loved it!

thoroughly enjoyed this one. short story with a lot packed in. interesting and liked the characters.

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  • Claire Kelly
  • 12-01-20

Please use African narrators

Great story, but the narrators accent was terrible. At a minimum please get African narrators to narrate African characters. Even better, regional narrators for regional accents. And I can't fully explain it, but the accent seemed to dumb down of the characters rendering them almost childlike. Eugh, just awful.

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  • Kindle RYGEL 1
  • 10-21-19

OUTSTANDING

ONE OF THE FEW SCI-FI STORIES TO PROMPT ONE TO DELVE INTO MATHEMATICS, AND SAVOUR THE INTRICACIES OF A CLOSE ENCOUNTER..

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  • Mrs U
  • 07-26-19

Great

A Great listen. Very well narrated, I liked that it was shirt and sweet it made me want to keep listening until the end.

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  • CL099
  • 06-01-19

Imaginative but the story/ plot was boring

The narrator did a great job and I really liked the imagined worlds. However, the story itself was incredibly boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-18

Never read anything like this

Even though the start was quite unusual for me, bringing very traditional cultural elements together with sci-fi, I kept wanting to know what would happen. Could have given a bit more description with certain items and situations as I often found having to go back to make sure I understood what was happening. Good ending, will listen to the next book for sure.

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  • Asbjørn
  • 09-21-18

Excellent Science Fiction

Thue is excellent Science Fiction from a new perspective. It is impossible not to love Binti. Both characters and world seems real.

Great work by the narrator!

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  • Griffstar
  • 05-02-18

Hugo and Nebula award-winning Afrofuturism.

What a joy it was to read this book which blended African culture and science fiction. The story is rich and well defined. The characters, especially Binti, believeable. I particularly liked the unusual tech in this future vision, including biological spaceships. The narrator, Robin Miles, is superb. Her performance covers so many emotions. I cannot wait to dig deeper into the rest of the series.

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  • Naomi C - NSW Australia
  • 04-26-20

loved it!

i love this story!
i am really hoping i can find the rest of the series in audio books!
i first discovered Nnedi's writing when listening to Levar Burton Reads podcasts.
i am so glad!