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.
The novel does well to engage the stress caused by excessive verbal and social noise. It also reveals the corrupting power available to the protagonists when they learn that the have the key to the power of life and death. Despite the weighty topic, there were laugh out loud moments of hilarity. The story is one of severity, levity, and ultimately this thing called life.
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