Half of a Yellow Sun is among my favorite of the audiobooks I've listened to. The on-point narration does an excellent job of subtly underscoring the eloquent narrative. Chimamanda Adichie has masterfully portrayed the complex, human experiences of life and love during the Nigerian civil war.
I'm comparing this book to Gone With the Wind for the way it focuses intensely on a small group of people, through them showing the effects of a ruinous war. The book gives us personal melodramas enacted throughout changing times. Our personal absorption in these characters makes each event of the war all the more shocking. Although it's overly long, the extraneous details are absorbing, thanks to Robin Miles' brilliant narration through which each voice becomes a fully realized character.
I can't stop listening to this book. The reader is amazing and a quick moving, very interesting story.
I could have handled a more linear storytelling style and the author could have made it better and shorter by eliminating some sub-plots but it was generally really good and I thought that the narration was great. It was also a window into something I knew nothing about (I had to google Biafra).
The narrator was wonderful, I loved being told this story.
As the critics said, the book is an amazing history lesson told through the lives of characters with great depth. The story remains with me.
Adichie's novel is an achievement: hauntingly beautiful, searing, raw and powerful. The parallel story structure is an effective strategy and makes you feel as though you are listening to more than just one book. The narrator does a good job with a range of accents and allows you to concentrate on the drama (insufficient word, "drama") as it unfolds.
as with most historical fiction it does at times paint horror. fabulous characterizations by Robin Miles!!!!!!
The narration of African accents seems authentic but is difficult to understand. I can get a fair idea of what’s going on but not enough to relax and enjoy the book. I didn’t make it past the first half-hour.
No - too long.
Ughu - the house boy.
The accents and voice intonations of the local folks
Kanene - she was just a cool lady
This book is recorded out of sequence. Earlier parts of the plot are in the second download. later parts are in the earlier download. This really messes up the experience of listening.