Skillful soundscaping and a full cast heighten the atmosphere and emotion in this audiobook, inspired by the childhood of coauthor Omar Mohamed. The story follows young Omar, a Somali boy living in a Kenyan refugee camp, where he cares for his brother, studies hard, and tries to balance his hope of resettlement against grim reality. Narrator Faysal Ahmed is thoroughly sympathetic as Omar, his mellifluous rolled "r"s and gentle tones adding to the intimacy of the narration. The variously accented supporting cast include such notables as Robin Miles and Bahni Turpin, and their chorus of voices emphasizes the caring community that surrounds Omar. Ambient noises and sound effects--from boisterous classroom chatter to evening cricket song--further envelop listeners. Collectively, it's a moving and memorable listening experience. R.A.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2020]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2020
DD ISBN 9780593162583 $18.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2020
DD ISBN 9780593162590 $38.00
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