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Where Women Are Kings

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties - and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son.

Elijah's birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it's his fault they can't be together. Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.

From the Costa Prize-winning author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, this wonderful new novel is read by Adjoa Andoh, the award-winning voice of novels by Dorothy Koomson and Alexander McCall Smith.

©2013 Christie Watson (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

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"Funny, heartbreaking and utterly real: the characters lodge in your imagination long after you finish the book" (Costa Award judging panel on Tiny Sunbirds Far Away)
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Child abuse hard to take.

Loved The Language of Kindness but the dark side of this, her first novel, was a little too much for me. A good story with the conflict of cultures, the ups and downs of the adoption process and some well developed characters was spoiled by the long, drawn out details of horrific abuse by the child's mentally ill birth mother. It felt like a campaign to make the public aware of the extent of the problem facing social workers, families and the children at risk, most of all.

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  • EssieE
  • 23-04-2020

Very Difficult but Unstoppable

 "Where Women are Kings" by Christie Watson provided for nonstop listening. Christie Watson writes compassionately about a very difficult subject - mental instability infused with cultural beliefs,  tradition, and subsequent irreconcilable approaches to life's conditions. She tunes finely into the West African experience at home and abroad. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to explore the Audible Library, and look forward to our next selections from her writings. 


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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2019

Touching story

The book unveils a touching story. Although the writing hasn't kept me fascinated, the storyline is still moving and thrilling.

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  • chickenmugger
  • 25-05-2019

Sad and heart breaking ly good

Such a sad yet mesmerising story. Love the narrator. Again anytime. Really Full of love.

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  • bloved
  • 30-08-2018

BRILLIANT!!!!

I loved the story from beginning to end. Could not put it down. The characters were so believable. it was thought provoking and told the story from so many angles. The narrator was brilliant. I hope the story helps to challenge our thinking surrounding mental health and how culture and tradition shapes our belief system. Thank you Christie and Adjoa.

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  • Cee
  • 13-12-2017

Exceptional story...very bravely taken on.

this story is emotional throughout but extremely well written and read...excellent ....it should be film.

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  • Ruth Tai
  • 09-12-2017

I really felt every moment.cried too. moving

I really felt every moment ..cried too, moving definitely a must read! execellent! ! !

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  • Linn Davies
  • 13-11-2017

A lovely written book about a dark reality

It’s scary to think about things we do for love. Esprcially when depression and superstition clouds the mind. In this book Christie Watson talks about many serious topics from miscarriages to children branded as witches by so called holy men. She tells the different stories in such a way that you understand what drives the different characters to act the way they do. Very few books make me cry, but this one did. Hoping to read more from this author who also wrote the brilliant Tiny sunbirds far away.

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  • Ini75
  • 28-09-2017

Captivating Story!

It was Adjoa Andoh's narration of my other audible books - Purple Hibiscus, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, etc. that made me aware of this book. Spirituality, and the common issue of people being termed 'witches' and 'wizards' felt very real being a Nigerian.

I thoroughly enjoyed Adjoa's narration and Christie Watson didn't fail to disappoint after capturing my heart with her Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.

Elijah's moving story touched me.

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  • kelly lorraine atkinson
  • 19-06-2017

Incredibly emotional and real

This novel is so incredibly real and moving. The emotions and portrayal of the individuals affected are so convincing I cried with them. I think Christie Watson may be my new favourite.

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  • Moriam Bartlett
  • 18-11-2015

Beautiful & Poignant

One of the most beautiful stories I've listened to in a very long time! Couldn't stop listening.

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  • Nola
  • 04-06-2015

Wonderfully moving

From the very start this book drew me in. It made me laugh, smile and cry. Brilliantly written and very well read.

One of my favourite audiobooks so far this year