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Americanah

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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

©2013 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Andoh's rich voice and distinct characters and rhythm keep the listener engrossed.... Andoh has fun adopting a mocking lilt for Ifemelu's snarky blog entries.... [and] a more serious tone brings authenticity to the heartbreak of Obinze's London experience." (AudioFile)

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    Marie 06-15-15
    Marie 06-15-15
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    loved it! Great read! Recommend to everyone to listen to. truly captivating. komedi exitement and exotic.

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    TAMBE Sweden 12-26-14
    TAMBE Sweden 12-26-14

    Heavily addicted to the world Of books, exploring new styles that bring the author's fertile imagination from thoughts to print.

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    "Never say Never"
    What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

    my most enjoyable experience ? I loved seeing the characters undergo this surgical transformation. Adichie knows what she is doing. Ifemelu and Obinze are two characters undergoing constant transformation. They have no game plan as it were. They just embraced life the way it happened to them. From the UK to the USA we see both Of them bending to forces beyond their control. In addition to being a test to their identity , this author has no regress, and rightfully too, when she describes in graphic details what her characters must do to survive .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Americanah?

    i cant forget the moment Obinze realises he is better off than cleaning all sizes Of shit. His dignity at this moment takes a whole new meaning. .i think Adichie uses her two teenage lovers to make it clear that there is no damage from which we cannot recover.


    What three words best describe Adjoa Andoh’s performance?

    Bold, audacious , witty

    Nigerian names are not that easy to pronounce. That she accepts to dare trying merits her the adjectives above.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ifemelu's meeting with the sports trainer. She had to pay her rents and would hate herself for doing what she did.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the blog posts. .this tells me that the epistolary forms and Blogs can conviniently be used to advance plot within the same novel.

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    Aminkeng Atabong 08-25-14
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    "Listen and then own it."
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    I have listened to this book more than once. It embodies beauty and brain fused together. African literature should not be stuck in the past...this is a good piece of progressive experience of African literature. A masterpiece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the blend of reality into fiction. It makes us of very functional definitions or essential issues like whiteness, racism, being black, Africans. A beauty comparable to the Mona Lisa!


    What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good pronunciation of the names. Good reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she defines whiteness as a norm.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are confused about race issues read this book. it makes use of very simple, low to earth example to explain very serious issues.

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    TTT 05-22-14
    TTT 05-22-14

    scruffdiva

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    "Not the best reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was. The writing is great. I didn't love the way the person read it though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have so I already know her writing is strong.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's American accents grated my nerves. No account for region and they all sounded like they were putting question marks at the end of sentences mostly. In this instance, since I didn't love the American characters already (a bit stereotyped and one dimensional - at best two dimensional, it made it worse.


    Did Americanah inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    E. Wright 05-18-14
    E. Wright 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An absolute Must read."
    What did you love best about Americanah?

    Being South African - stories about race touch a nerve and I therefore found the descriptions of racism in America so interesting to read. There are so many similarities in what is suffered in our country and in what this story was about that it touched me very deeply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 'heroine' Adichie. She is so real and the novel felt like an autobiography. I identified with her continuously and felt every moment she talked about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A Scene in a hair salon where she is having her hair braided. This is not something that many white people think about, how painful it is having your hair continuously pulled and the descriptions of the people in the hair salon were wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not really. It is a book that touched me deeply and made me feel very emotional so that I sometimes needed space between listening to chapters. But I finished it in four days, so I did not need too much space.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Mary Carstens 04-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I work at a small college. I like humorous books and books where the main character triumphs. I do not like religious books or mysteries.

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    "Great book, great reader!"
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    I loved this book. The story is very compelling and the reader does a wonderful job of bringing life to the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first time I have listened to any of Adjoa Andoh's performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I liked breaking this up into smaller sessions, so that I can enjoy it in small doses.


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    Carol 03-03-14
    Carol 03-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "really enjoyed this"
    What did you love best about Americanah?

    this portrayed two different themes - one is the coming of age in to maturation of a 20 year old bright young woman, and the other is the point of view on race of a non american black . Both points of view were interesting, well written, and complimented each other effortlessly.


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    Zora Footscray, Australia 02-07-14
    Zora Footscray, Australia 02-07-14
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    "Wonderful, warm and clever"

    What a fantastic novel and even more astonishing performance by the narrator!

    I adored Ifemelu, so smart and straight-talking and wonderful. I could see why Obinze loved her so, and their relationship was utterly convincing. The insight into race in America is clear-eyed and honest, but it's not a didactic novel by any means. It pulses with warmth and humour. Just glorious.

    On the narration: Having seen some of the American reviewers complaining about Adjoa Andoh's American accent... I could just imagine what Ifemelu would say about that! "Oh yes, because Americans are so well known for their skill at rendering the accents of other nationalities!" The American accents are completely fine, and they certainly don't all sound like Fran Drescher! The range of accents Andoh presents is vast and astonishingly good, and her general narration is simply lovely.

    Highly recommended.

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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-04-14
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "amusing and witty commentary on race in America"

    i can definitely understand why this novel has been put on many of the 'best of' lists for this year.

    i found it quite amusing and full of witty commentary, observations and opinions about race in America. i neither liked nor disliked either of the main characters...and i didn't really have any deep interest in whether their spanning relationship worked out or if it didn't.
    but overall i enjoyed both of their separate life experiences and found the relationships they had with each other and with their friends and family very realistic. both characters made bad decisions...and good decisions...but the way they both displayed and celebrated their race differently living in the modern world in America, Nigeria and England under the racial pretense of this book was very interesting.

    it wasn't my personal favorite of 2013, but it's a solid read that i'm not sorry i took on.

    the narrator was awesome.

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    Stephanie ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 12-16-13
    Stephanie ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Book, Uneven Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

    Adjoa Andoh's Nigerian accent (presumably accurate, though how would I know?). I loved hearing the Igbo spoken aloud.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ifemelu, of course. She is spirited, judgmental, warm, impulsive, and real.


    What aspect of Adjoa Andoh’s performance would you have changed?

    I'd recommend she work on her American accent. We don't all sound like Fran Drescher nursing a head cold. (And "Maryland" is not pronounced "Merry-land.")


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost. I did have to take a break from the audiobook during long sections of dialogue because of the American accent thing. Luckily I had the paper book on hand, so I could read some of those portions rather than listen to them.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book about race, class, Nigeria, America, academia, immigration, and hair.

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    4/26/13
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    "Loved it."

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a gift for simply painting pictures. I listened to this having read Half of a Yellow Sun and really enjoying it. Her grasp and description of human relationships is amazing.

    She hits the nail on the head in so many ways, culturally, emotionally, and observationally. I am a fan.

    Adjoa Andoh is also a fantastic narrator, accents nuanced and spot on.

    I listened while driving to work and would arrive having been totally sucked in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abisola
    10/24/15
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    "Various observations about America by AnonAmerican"

    Overall, a really enjoyable book! A well written book about the african diasporic experience in the states in the setting of a love story. The book exams race with evocative detail that i feel can be quite educational. Some of it being a little bit of an essay based on the authors opinion but overall, called to question how I think/feel about the subject, which can only be a sign of a great book! Also represents contemporary Nigeria and very proud of what this book and author represent. I'm of nigerian decent and as much I enjoyed listening to Adjoa, my only criticism is her nigerian accent especially pronunciation of nigerian names was not proper. Recommended reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zeedle
    9/11/15
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    "Fantastic delivery, great book"

    The narrator is amazing with accents, able to convey nuance and variation, achieving a rare instance of the audio version having value added over reading the hard copy. The book covers a startling array of themes and subjects, giving so much material to engage with for reflection on ones own life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dinamit
    London, UK
    8/28/15
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    "Captivating and beautiful"
    Any additional comments?

    Sharp critique of American and European societies, migration, and contemporary race relations, all wrapped in a fantastically written and captivating story. I couldn't stop thinking about this book for years after and it has to be one of the best works of fiction I've read in the past few years.

    The narrator and her Nigerian accents were an added bonus because they helped to imagine how the protagonists would sound in reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ini75
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    8/19/15
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    "Lovely story and very good narration"

    Came across this book only because I'd listened to Half of A Yellow Sun also narrated by Adjoa which I loved and wanted another narrated by her. I wasn't disappointed. Ìmpressed by her attempts at impersonating the different characters which were funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caitlin M. Bentley
    7/20/15
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    "Fantastic listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

    The story and main character were definitely the most enjoyable aspect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honest and enlightening portrayal of the main character's perspective.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoy is perhaps not the right word, but I enjoyed how the author explored both extremes, the difficulties/despair and privileges/happiness that the character experienced.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were consistently parts that were moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. P. Clifford-davies
    Devon, UK
    6/8/15
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    "a must read"

    Not only a powerful book but so thought provoking and beautiful. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Wright
    5/31/15
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    "Really amazing book. Beautifully read."
    If you could sum up Americanah in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, Funny, Thought provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character


    Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but nearly finished Purple Hibiscus


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No - its all good


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    4/16/15
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    "Loved it"

    Rich and vibrant. A gripping tale of love and identity and the movement of a person between two cultures. The narrator nailed it too - a great performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    London, United Kingdom
    4/11/15
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    "Fantastic narration"

    Loved the story, such an insight into life, relationships and race in Nigeria vs America. But particularly impressed by Adjoa Andoh, whose narration is always spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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