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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 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.


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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.


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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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    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!!

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    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 04-21-15
    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 04-21-15

    I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!

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    "I Was So Caught Up In USA Issues That I Missed M o"

    I was 10 years old when I began learning and fighting for The Civil Rights movement and then my consciousness was directed to the Anti-War and Environmental Protection advocacy. I was not aware of what was going on in Biafra until I watched video of the starvation that was engulfing the people of Biafra. I have been politically active since my early teens, working to educate those around me about the big picture of social ills. Now we are watching most of the Middle East and the top two thirds of Africa in chaos with starvation, innocents dying and hatred of others because they are "others"
    re-emerging. We Americans are just sitting back and watching as long as we can get our "stuff" as cheap as possible. Have We Learned NOTHING?

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    This book is full of love and real life. I don't think I will view life in the same way.

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    I remember the Biafra famine, but I didn't recall the back story. Turns out the back story is pretty rich.

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    This was a gripping and very moving story. The narrator is astonishing in her ability to create utterly convincing voices for dozens of characters. An audio experience of the highest order!!

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    Robin Miles is a masterful narrator. I often choose audiobooks over reading for practical purposes on my commute, but this was a book that was truly made richer by her performance. The characters came to life and the wide variety of accents she used were impressive.

    The book itself was haunting. I imagine I will spend quite a bit of time thinking about it over the next few weeks.

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    A sad tail about Black on Black hate/distraction/love and disappointment of devastation.

    However love prevails in the face of hate ....my only hope is that we will get a sequel. To find out what happened to Baby when she grew up.

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