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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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    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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    Laura 08-04-13
    Laura 08-04-13 Member Since 2016

    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.


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    Mudiwa Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-19-13
    Mudiwa Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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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    Jeanette Lincoln, New Zealand 05-29-13
    Jeanette Lincoln, New Zealand 05-29-13 Member Since 2015
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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

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  • 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.

    1 of 1 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.)

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Cape Town
    1/4/15
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    "Why didn't they use a narrator from Zimbabwe?"
    What disappointed you about Americanah?

    Same ol' same ol'.
    I am perhaps just tired of this type of romanticized portrayal of life in sub-Saharan Africa.


    What will your next listen be?

    Another major prize winner or nominee.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accent was awful.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope. Sorry. I couldn't listen to more than a few chapters so perhaps there were redeeming plot turns later on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Di S
    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.


    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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'.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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