Review of The Things She's Seen audiobook

The Things She’s Seen
by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina; read by Miranda Tapsell
High School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/19
4 CDs    4.48 hrs.    978-1-9848-8440-4    $38.00

Tapsell provides a gripping performance of the Kwaymullinas’ Australia-set crime story about a mysterious fire at a children’s home, which is being investigated by a grieving detective, a most unlikely sidekick (his deceased daughter, now a ghost), and a mysterious witness named Isobel Catching. The narrator is adept at modulating her voice to fit two distinct female points of view while capturing a wide range of diction, from teenaged defiance to suspenseful whispers to horrified realizations. The surprising ending turns this expertly narrated edge-of-your-seat thriller into a captivating metaphorical story of the historical separation of children from their Aboriginal families. An author’s note touches on Aboriginal storytelling methods.

From the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine.

Julie Hakim Azzam
Julie Hakim Azzam
Julie Hakim Azzam teaches in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh. While her academic specialization is on literature from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, she has a passion for children’s literature and has been interviewing children’s authors for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for many years.

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