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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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    Fatima A. Kafele Brooklyn, NY United States 02-14-14
    Fatima A. Kafele Brooklyn, NY United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    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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    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


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    disturbing history but compelling, satisfying and deeply engrossing listen

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    Sandra Sacramento, CA USA 09-22-12
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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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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-27-15
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "A phenomenal merging of history and fiction."

    I'm really in awe of this author. Her ability to craft a compelling story against the backdrop of war - even this particular war - is really impressive. More than that, she helped me understand the historical context while delivering a story. That's an achievement.

    Like many others who were around during the 60s, my knowledge of Biafra is limited to photos of starving children and pleas for help. I knew nothing about what caused the humanitarian catastrophe - only that it existed. The images are seared in my mind. If someone had handed me an historical tome on this particular civil war, I doubt I ever would have read it. That's where Adichie delivers some magic. Her book brought that whole time to life for me and delivered an ugly history in a way I could understand.

    There are times in the book where I was confused as to the sequence of events. The jumping back and forth wasn't always clear. There are also times that the actual writing is a B+ instead of an A. None of that mattered to me. I was completely taken by the whole experience -- diving into Nigerian history, reading about Biafra, examining my own assumptions, and thinking about how vulnerable people can be when superpowers don't do the right thing.

    Robin Miles adds a dimension to this book I never would have experienced if I'd read it in print. Her reading is beautiful - artful, nuanced, and completely one with the characters.

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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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    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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    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 Member Since 2013

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    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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    A truly amazing listen and read. I look forward to reading the rest of her works.

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