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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Draw Me Close to You is a children's story written by Kossim Osseni. The audiobook is narrated by MaameYaa Boafo. Most audiobook listeners will agree that the narrator makes or breaks the appeal of an audiobook. As an audiobook listener for many years, I can say that Maame Yaa Boafo does an excellent job with the narration. Her performance skill is called upon to give us convincing voices for the father, the son, and the mother in this story. MaameYaa slips so easily into the father’s voice that one might think a male narrator has taken over the story. Her skill is equally evident with the voicing of the son and the mother. In addition, she provides the dialect and accent to the overall reading that gives it a truly African feel. Hence, the audio aspect of this story is worthy of five stars on her voice alone. However, there are some great sound effects added that make readers feel like they are right there with this family.
The story itself focuses on Tunde, a young boy who loves art, and his hardworking Papa Dele. The subtlety of the plot is written so that I don’t want to say too much and spoil it. What I will say is that author Kossim Osseni in Draw Me Close to You has given us a story of a father and son who both learn to love and appreciate each other through a metaphysical twist. It is so heartwarming and so very plausible that readers can’t help but feel that indeed experiences like this readily happen. They happen to parents and children who love each other and just need that one experience in life that will make them want, above all else, to draw closer to one another with genuine understanding. This audiobook is short, but the impression it makes upon you will last for a very long time. I encourage you to listen to it and get caught up in its message. My thanks to Kossim Osseni for this story and to MaameYaa Boafo for her perfect narration.