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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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    Jeanette Lincoln, New Zealand 05-29-13
    Jeanette Lincoln, New Zealand 05-29-13
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    "An amazingly perceptive piece of writing"
    What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

    1. The narration - so beautifully read in so many voices - and everyone of them sounding so authentic
    2. the story itself was a 'cannot put down'
    3. the way it made me feel uncomfortable, angry embarrassed and challenged - yet told without seeming accusatory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the challenge of listening to and reacting to how it is for other races living in a country where bigotry and prejudice are so deep seated - both subversive and overt


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

    Ifemelu


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

    many many moments!


    Any additional comments?

    this should be a must read for everyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • TAMBE
    12/21/14
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    "An African version of the UK Mills & Boon classic"

    Fluid, easy and appealing. Fair balance between Race, class, culture and gender in a masochistic environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Goldman
    London UK
    11/27/14
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    "Audiobook enhanced my experience of this book."
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    This wasn't a book I would probably have chosen myself, but it was my Book Club choice so I went ahead and read/listed to it.
    It was a book I felt I learnt a lot from, and was pleased I had read afterwards.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The insight into Nigerian culture, and the experience of a black woman moving to the US in her twenties was fascinating and insightful. It raised all sorts of issues I had never really considered before - the issue of the politics and social norms about hair being just one example.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favourite?

    There are clearly autobiographical elements of this book, which means that the author provides first-hand experience and insight into her writing.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The narration in a Nigerian accent added to my enjoyment of this book - helped me to understand and 'get into the head' of the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    11/24/14
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    "Flawless narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Americanah to be better than the print version?

    Rich story, fabulous narration. Poignant, touching. I want to read / listen to more from Adichie.


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

    Flawless narration


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

    Nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kevin daly
    11/13/14
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    "Not very gripping"
    Would you try another book written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or narrated by Adjoa Andoh?

    No


    Would you recommend Americanah to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Took a while to get into. The narration was difficult to understand at times. This book is not for everyone. But I can understand why it got great reviews.


    Did Americanah inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    10/28/14
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    "Must really start listening to my wife..."

    My wife recommended this to me and I'm glad she did.

    This is as insightful as you get and really refreshing on the whole notion of home and belonging. I have a mixed race or as I prefer multicultural and rich family and have wrestled with some of the issues in the book myself. The story isn't straight forward and approaches the subject in a beautifully insightful way...

    Not really for the dipper though you need to stay with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs W.
    9/27/14
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    "An all-enveloping story"
    What did you like most about Americanah?

    It made me think about my experiences living abroad despite the experiences referred to by the author being quite different.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    9/24/14
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    "A fantastic listen"
    If you could sum up Americanah in three words, what would they be?

    Complex. Educational. Wonderful.


    What other book might you compare Americanah to, and why?

    I can't think of another book like it that I have read - the only criterion on which I could base a comparison would be character. Her characters are so rounded and believable - every single one, however minor. The only other book I have ever felt this about to the same extent was On Beauty, by Zadie Smith.


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

    I see in other reviews that other people have said she didn't get some of the accents right - I would have about as much of a clue about that as Dick Van Dyke did about his cockney accent in Mary Poppins! For me, however, the narration was perfect - Adjoa Andoh has an incredibly versatile range and a lovely voice; her characterisations complemented the writing and brought the story and people to life for me in a way I wouldn't have been able to if I'd read it on paper.


    Any additional comments?

    As well as being entertained by a fabulous plot and cast of characters, I was lifted out of myself and put in a completely different pair of shoes to my own. An eye-opening experience that pulled me up several times and made me look hard and critically at myself and society. I'm really glad I bought Americanah. This is a book I will revisit again and again and I would recommend it highly to anyone as a 'must read'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    8/30/14
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    "Excellent Narration of a great book"
    Where does Americanah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The audio book concept is great, and beats bending at angles to read paper books on a packed train. Americanah has been impressively written and narrated. This book is certainly in the top 5 of the audio books I have purchased so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the Narration was fantastic: Adjoa has done an excellent narration of all the characters in the book, and changed accents to match : it made the story jump into your mind and imagination: Great Job!!!!


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

    Yes: This propelled me to listen to additional books she has narrated including Purple hibiscus and Ghana must go. They were also impressive.


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

    Yes....pure and simple.


    Any additional comments?

    Great job also Chimamanda : Excellent examination of post colonial immigration and the issue of a human right to an opportunity to be the best one can be. So much promise and yet so much problems: I look forward to more great work: Stay blessed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helga Mueller
    8/9/14
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    "One of the best books I have read in a long while."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Americanah to be better than the print version?

    For me the audio worked really well


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Americanah?

    The issue of race.


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

    The narrator captured the various characters beautifully.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know, not expert enough.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dippydoormouse
    8/3/14
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    "Superb example of why Audible works"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because its contemporary and offers you insight into the urban elite of Lagos through the eyes of a woman returning from the US. The use of the blog within the novel works well and links the two separate lives of the heroine and her observations and commentary on life both in the US and after returning to Lagos.


    What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

    This book readily adapts itself to an audible experience because so much of it is about language, and how we use it and Andoh's reading is exceptional because as a Nigerian she understands and conveys the music of spoken language and bought a new and exciting dimension to the novel.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither were high on my radar!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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