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Half of a Yellow Sun: A Novel | [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]

Half of a Yellow Sun: A Novel

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.
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Publisher's Summary

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.

©2006 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing.” (Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review)

“Adichie has written an ambitious, astonishing novel that succeeds on all levels.” (Bookmarks Magazine)

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    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 04-19-14
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gone With the Wind in Nigeria"

    I'm comparing this book to Gone With the Wind for the way it focuses intensely on a small group of people, through them showing the effects of a ruinous war. The book gives us personal melodramas enacted throughout changing times. Our personal absorption in these characters makes each event of the war all the more shocking. Although it's overly long, the extraneous details are absorbing, thanks to Robin Miles' brilliant narration through which each voice becomes a fully realized character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fatima A. Kafele Brooklyn, NY United States 02-14-14
    Fatima A. Kafele Brooklyn, NY United States 02-14-14
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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to Half of a Yellow Sun the most enjoyable?

    I can't stop listening to this book. The reader is amazing and a quick moving, very interesting story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Glenside, PA, United States 06-14-13
    Amy Glenside, PA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well read but difficult to follow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well spent but I found myself easily distracted and not able to pay attention to the story line.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never finished


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

    Her voice has a wonderful warmth.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-17-12
    Ellen Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "beautifully narrated saga of Nigeria and Biafra"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    its a chapter in history that need to be known. unforgettable story and characters/


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

    draws you right each character, each compelling and unique,as if they were in your own room


    Any additional comments?

    disturbing history but compelling, satisfying and deeply engrossing listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sacramento, CA USA 09-22-12
    Sandra Sacramento, CA USA 09-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful listen!"

    I was in my middle teens when Biafra was in the headlines--I knew it was in Africa and involved starving children, but that's all. This book is wonderful on so many levels--the history, the politics, the culture and as already mentioned, the complex characterization. It's not just about the atrocities of a war that happened almost 50 years ago, it is relevant to issues we struggle with everyday. The differences of culture, religious values, things we hold as important to ourselves or within our group. The narration is superb--I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.

    What I love about Audible.com that is different than going to the library; it's unlikely I would go to the library looking for a book on the history of Nigeria or the civil war of Biafra. Audible offered this book along with several others as a free offering which made me look at it. I am so glad I chose it. It is the same with the $4.95 specials--I consider books I didn't know I wanted to read. Audible has been a true treasure for me since I retired. I wish I had learned about Audible prior to retiring for my twice daily 25 mile commute!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAULTAYLOR 08-13-15
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    "LOVELY PERSON ON PEN AWARDS WITH LOVELY PERSONALIT"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO IDEA


    Has Half of a Yellow Sun turned you off from other books in this genre?

    PRETTY MUCH; NOVELS WITH SEX IS NOT MY THING COMING OF AGE INTO NEW CULTURE FINE; HEARING ABOUT SEX IN CHAPTER TWO IS LIKE WATCHING EDDIE MURPHY DESTROY HIS MOVIE CAREER BY WATCHING HIM LICK HIS COSTAR LIKE A LION LICKS IT'S PREY FOR 5 MINUTES


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    MADE IT SEEM EVEN MORE ALIEN


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Half of a Yellow Sun?

    SEX


    Any additional comments?

    KNOWING THAT YOUNG NATIVES LIKE SEX IS NOT NEWS TO ANYONE; KNOWING YOUNG NATIVES LIKE CALCULUS OR BACH IS INTERESTING

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ML Queensland Australia 07-03-15
    ML Queensland Australia 07-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A good book, very well narrated"

    I remember reading about the Biafran war - but nothing was ever presented from this perspective. I cared about the characters and their fate and wondered how such rifts can be healed. Very well narrated.

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    barbrell 06-12-15
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    "Flawless! Can't praise enough!"

    This was such a real, human story, excellent characters and so engaging. The narrator was superb. I highly recommend devoting some time to listening to this novel!

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    Beth 06-10-15
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    "My take"

    The narrator was phenomenal and kept me listening to a story that I would generally never read. The book came highly recommended however contradicts with my personal reading preferences. It was good but the narrator was far better.

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    S. Hayes Pennsylvania 05-18-15
    S. Hayes Pennsylvania 05-18-15 Member Since 2013

    Brown Sugar

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    "Amazing!"

    The story and narrator brought this book into reality for me. I will purchase the print copy and do my own research,

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