Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

Narrated by:
Robin Miles

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2018
6 hours 0 minutes
Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home in Nigeria and her harrowing fight for survival. Includes an afterword by award-winning journalist Viviana Mazza.

A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband—these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone can see that these dreams aren’t too far out of reach.

But the girl’s dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by Boko Haram, a terrorist group, in the middle of the night. Kidnapped, she is taken with other girls and women into the forest where she is forced to follow her captors’ radical beliefs and watch as her best friend slowly accepts everything she’s been told.

Still, the girl defends her existence. As impossible as escape may seem, her life—her future—is hers to fight for.
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This book made me seek out additional research on the Boko Haram terrorist group, as I had not kept up with the situation in Nigeria since the Bring Our Girls Back campaign surfaced several years ago. This fictionalized account is told in short, vignette-style chapters by an unnamed narrator who represents the experiences of the girls kidnapped from Chibok back in 2014. Although this was a "quick" read, the subject matter is heavy. I was left contemplating the levels of human depravity, martyrdom, brainwashing, and survival in life or death situations. Robin Miles is a superb narrator and brings this novel to life with her convincing accents!

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