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Americanah | [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]

Americanah

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?
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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 08-04-13
    Laura 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

    An active 50-plus year old woman living her life. I enjoy the great outdoors, concerts, working out, dancing, and listening to all kinds of audio books. I prefer to listen then read, this way I can do two things at once.

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    "A very awesome book from start to finish!!!"
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    YES YES YES


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Americanah?

    Here talking about Nigeria, in Loas. This is the best Africian read.


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

    No I haven't but will be looking for more of her books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mudiwa Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-19-13
    Mudiwa Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Honest"
    What did you love best about Americanah?

    Adichie is such an powerful voice. Americanah was lite but powerfully honest about race, culture, and relationships. It is one of those books you hate to finish. Adichie is a keen observer of this human experience, especially for people of African descent. I thank her for brilliantly putting it into such a wonderful story. The performance by Adjoa Andoh was great. Loved it!!!!!!


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    Clio 07-17-13
    Clio 07-17-13
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    "Adichie + Andoh = Pure Pleasure"
    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant writer matched with my favorite Audible reader. I wish Audible had someone like Andoh for its South Asian selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Sydney, Australia 07-06-13
    Lynne Sydney, Australia 07-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Broad, deep and compelling"
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    I would love to. Adichie's extraordinarily rich language, so beautifully and poetically read by Adjoa Andoh. A story that crosses continents and cultures with insight, sensitivity and startling authenticity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all.


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

    I wish I was more attracted to the McCall Smith detective series, because Andoh's interpretation would be the tipping point. I could listen to her all day.


    If you could take any character from Americanah out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ifem. I identified with her immigrant's search for home.


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    ijeoma ikoyi, Nigeria 06-08-13
    ijeoma ikoyi, Nigeria 06-08-13
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    "Adichie has done it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Americanah to be better than the print version?

    NOT REALLY. ITS JUST MORE CONVENIENT


    What did you like best about this story?

    It painted an authentic and very vivid picture of the characters and the time periods in which the story was set


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes
    it did but I'm disappointed in the narrator's portrayal of a Nigerian accent. She didn't get it. She sounded east African and all the Nigerian names were pronounced wrong. That sort of compromised the experience for me but the storyline made up to it big time. The publisher should look into that


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

    Yes


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  • Emmanuel
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    "A brave novel let down by a timid performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the novel to any African diaspora/returnee. I would however have to warn them that the narrator could not pronounce any of the names and couldn't bail any of the accents. If this is likely to annoy you then buy the text and read it.


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  • SDY
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    7/11/13
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    "Surprisingly boring"

    I normally like Adichie’s style and stories, but this book felt different. The protagonists' story is engaging at the start, but then the narration turns into a lecture about racism. It felt as if the author wanted to make a point, and then bang it over your head again and again, and then some more. I don’t disagree with the points she’s trying to make, but rather with the delivery- if I’d wanted to be lectured about how white folks don’t realize they’re being racist, I would’ve read an essay. All the secondary characters seem to be exactly the same- arrogant, pretentious and unaware of their racism and ignorance about Africa, whether they are in the London or the US. One would expect more subtlety and skill from an author of this magnitude.
    All in all, this novel is not remotely as engaging or insightful as Half of a Yellow Sun or The Purple Ibiscus and the tonal repetitions of similar episodes make the reading quite dull. I wish it had been much shorter or edited better, perhaps then I would’ve enjoyed it more. Still, not an entirely terrible listen, particularly thanks to the ability of the narrator, who displays a vast array of accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Hunt
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    5/11/13
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    "A superb achievement"

    I loved this book. The story is convincing, I cared about the main characters, I was kept guessing, and I was drawn completely into their world.

    Ifemelu's journey – from an outsider to whom everything is new and unexpectedly strange, to confident resident alien in the USA – was one I could relate to from personal experience. Like her, I was eventually pulled back home, never entirely feeling a sense of belonging, yet recognising the positive aspects of American life and values that are often overlooked by the country's critics (many of them from a point of ignorance).

    The descriptions of American society and the minefield of cultural groupings and sensitivities that take so long to navigate are right on the mark here. Yet the narrative flows naturally, the characters have depth (even when they're apparently there to represent stereotypes!), and the social observation blends seamlessly with the story itself: Ifemelu's account of how her life unfolds, and to a lesser extent Obinze's story in England, too. Most of all, the love story is powerful and completely credible. It's a masterpiece of storytelling.

    The narration is virtually flawless and I enjoyed having this story read to me. I'll probably go back to the beginning and listen to it all again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eyelean
    London, England
    5/11/13
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    "As an American..."

    I have only started listening to this and I am already hooked and had to let you know. The reader is excellent.

    2 of 3 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    4/9/15
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    "If only it had been shorter!"

    The parts of the story set in Nigeria are really engaging and interesting, but the dominant section in the USA is far too long and the plot is a thin vehicle for the author's preoccupations. The English section cliched. It takes considerable commitment to soldier through to the end despite the wholly excellent narrator, who is the real star of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Bekker
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    4/2/15
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    "Worth every second!"

    A wonderful and articulately observed insight into the personal experiences of immigrant and expat life and so much more. A great example of where the narration gives an experience of the book that I would not have had reading it. The various accents and versatility of the narrator is superbly matched to the imagination of the author.

    An engaging and personal performance!

    In short, if you are reading this review and wondering whether to listen to this book - go for it! (It is also a perfect gift for the traditionalist doubters who question the power of the audiobook experience.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    3/30/15
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    "Was a fan of the author, now love the narrator to!"

    I have read the other novels by Chinamanda Ngozi but the narrotor brought this book to life so much that I want to listen to the audio books of the books I've already read! She made lines I'm certain I would have read and not found funny hilarious and gave every character a subtle differnence in their voice. If I was to give her one critisism, it would eb that her American accent is a bit whiney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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