Walking with Abel

Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD17407
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504617574
Narrator/s: Elisabeth Rodgers
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Description

The Fulani are the largest surviving group of nomads on the planet. In Walking with Abel, Anna Badkhen embeds herself with a family of Fulani cowboys-nomadic herders in Mali's Sahel grasslands-as they embark on their annual migration across the savannah. It's a cycle that connects the Fulani to their past even as their present is increasingly under threat-from Islamic militants, climate change, and the ever-encroaching urbanization that lures away their young. The Fulani, though, are no strangers to uncertainty-brilliantly resourceful and resilient, they've contended with famines, droughts, and wars for centuries. Dubbed "Anna Ba" by the nomads who embrace her as one of their own, Badkhen narrates the Fulani's journeys and her own with compassion and keen observation, transporting us from the Neolithic Sahara crisscrossed by rivers and abundant with wildlife to obelisk forests where the Fulani's Stone Age ancestors painted tributes to cattle. Together they cross the Sahel-the savannah belt that stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic-with Fulani music they download to their cell phones and tales infused with the myths that ground their past, make sense of their identity, and safeguard their future.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Anna Badkhen
Narrator(s): Elisabeth Rodgers
Product Number Z100091865
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504617512
eBook
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Author(s): Anna Badkhen
Product Number EB00587310
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9780698142718

Professional reviews

"Many people (including me) listen to audiobooks to recapture the intimate pleasure of being read to by a parent or friend. No one makes that connection better than Elisabeth Rodgers. Her rich alto is almost hypnotic as she tells the story of Fulani nomads moving across the Sahel in Mali, embodying ancient traditions in a world transformed by climate change and war. The author becomes a member of a Fulani family, living for a season enmeshed in their comings and goings. As a narrative about traditional nomadic people, the story can seem formless as time turns in on itself in a life of cycles. Rodgers masters the pronunciation of the Sahel and the Fulfulde languages. This is a wonderful audiobook for anyone interested in North Africa. F.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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