• The Book of Phoenix

  • Who Fears Death, Book 0
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (677 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book. She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone. She has a story to tell....

The Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor's powerful, memorable, superhuman women.

Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an "accelerated woman" - only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading ebooks, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. Then one evening Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life.

Devastated by his death and Tower 7's refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape. But Phoenix's escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity's future.

©2015 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Well written but........

I like this author. Read Binti and it was a good read but this book was quite disappointing. Felt there were too many plot holes e.g. how an immortal gets hacked to death, what decision was the difficult one and other holes I wondered about.Plus what was the point of having the flying guy?????? It felt like there were plot lines that were abandoned while the author just changed direction.

The frequent repetition carried on in this book was also a bit annoying but much less than Binti. The other thing was how at the end of the book, I thought to myself, 'are you kidding me'! So she just ends up doing exactly what she was going to do earlier in the book? Why stop her in the first place? Would have been less of a waste of my time. Come to think of it, it was all a waste of my time. Should have gotten a different book.

My biggest complaint was about the performance. For goodness sake get someone who actually can do the accents properly or don't bother with accents and stick to tone. I am nigerian and not one single nigerian accent was done properly and that really messed with my enjoying the story. It all made me feel out of sorts. There was even a part where the nigerian and arab accents were the same and I got thoroughly confused about who was what.

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I didn’t love it

Very slow, On my 2nd attempt I got to chapter 14. Very creative concept and storyline. Has the potential for so much more action but I couldn’t take one more paragraph of self analysis and awakening and ooo my skin is warm and my wings are stretching and the wind is blowing in the trees

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I didn't understand this book

I enjoyed it right up to until the end and then the end confused me. I don't like this "let's just start over attitude" because humanity will always have good and evil and degrees in between no matter how often we are wiped out and we start over again. I prefer that good fight evil and for a while wins even if it can't last. However this book was beautifully written and performed and perhaps others will be able to see the hope in it that I couldn't find.

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Stunningly unique and beautiful story

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor took me completely by surprise in the best possible way. I went in really not having any idea what to expect, and what I got was a near future sci-fi wrapped in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi starring a Nigerian anti-heroine who I grew to love in the way only fictional characters can make us love. I also was surprised that my new favorite narrator, Robin Miles, performed this audiobook and (not surprising) she was absolutely perfect. I am now completely hooked on this author and will be promptly diving in to the companion book!

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The narrators are killing me man😩

A big fan of Nnedi’s work! Enjoyed the story, but not as much as her Akata Witch series (loved the reference to the guardian angel from the Zuma wrestling story line). But maaannn, we need more African narrators. As an Igbo girl myself, I couldn’t help but cringe at the gross mispronunciation of literally every Igbo word. It really took away from the experience.

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Engaging and fresh, with odd pacing

I enjoy Nnedi Okorafor's books for their refreshing exploration of technology and human relationships through the lens of cultures and persons that aren't often portrayed in science fiction stories. She resists writing characters with simple motivations or tired archetypes, and she builds worlds that feel both futuristic and strange, without laboring over details in that way that causes some sci-fi stories to quickly feel dated.
Despite this I sometimes struggled in this book when the narrative gets bogged down with very detailed, moment by moment explorations of a scene or interaction that don't seem to add value to the story. It was rare enough that it didn't ruin the flow of the story however.
I haven't read the book that this is the prequel to yet, so maybe that's what's missing, but I felt that the story was missing a satisfying arc or conclusion. Perhaps this will be remedied in the following book.

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Read this second

Read Who Fears Death first.

Both are fantastic stories, but this is more dynamic, adventurous.

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Wonderful, Fresh, Different

Where does The Book of Phoenix rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The fresh point of view - not your conquering European grandfather's take on life in the world and the main character is a strong female. Loved that.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

She really knows how to make each character come alive in the mind's eye with tone of voice, accents, etc. Also, there is no clear break from recording to recording as some audiobooks have.

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I listened till the end but somehow missed it(?)

The ending seemed abrupt. Otherwise 5 stars. side note, the detailed descriptions of the various Ethiopian dishes made my mouth water and want to search out an African restaurant!

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familiar storyline

Beautifully narrated but the storyline seemed borrowed. The narrator was so superb I could not stop listening even though the story concept was first made famous by author Octavia E Butler.

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