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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“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)
Half of a Yellow Sun is among my favorite of the audiobooks I've listened to. The on-point narration does an excellent job of subtly underscoring the eloquent narrative. Chimamanda Adichie has masterfully portrayed the complex, human experiences of life and love during the Nigerian civil war.
I can't stop listening to this book. The reader is amazing and a quick moving, very interesting story.
its a chapter in history that need to be known. unforgettable story and characters/
draws you right each character, each compelling and unique,as if they were in your own room
disturbing history but compelling, satisfying and deeply engrossing listen
I was enthralled by the complex characters and quickly drawn into their lives and how the war affected them before it began, during and after. How I had quickly fallen in love with the strong headed sister who becomes my hero.
I have read this book twice and will happily read it again. From an educational point of view I also learnt a lot about a war I heard of but knew little about.
A great, great read narrated by the wonderful Robin Miles
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
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.
I actually bought this book because I was so impressed with Robin Miles' reading of The Warmth of Other Suns. I had heard good things about Adichie, so it seemed like a good fit. Miles continues to impress. The only drawback of the audiobook is that the book has a strange structure - midway through it has an odd chronological jump that perhaps would make more sense in the print version.
As the characters were being introduced, I kept trying to anticipate their fatal flaws, the thing about them that would lead them to wrong others or some other tragedy. But Adichie masterfully both evokes and evades such stock character tricks. In the end, this is a book without villains (which are my favorite kind). It's a book not about minor cruelties, but about a world gone mad and the way people come together to endure atrocities.
As mentioned above, I love Robin Miles and would like to listen to more of her work. She handles changes in gender, class and regional accent well, making each character distinctly memorable. In the other book, The Warmth of Other Suns, she does marvelous things with American accents. In this book, she does Nigerian and British, as well as speaking occasional Igbo.
This story could not be told in film format. It would end up trite and moralistic, which is precisely the opposite of what makes Adichie's writing so good.
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!
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.
The narrator was wonderful, I loved being told this story.
As the critics said, the book is an amazing history lesson told through the lives of characters with great depth. The story remains with me.
I've read Adichie's Purple Hibiscus and Americanah and enjoyed them both; but I rate this novel above either of them. The times are dramatic; the characters are complex and believable; the descriptive writing is powerful. The narrator is also excellent. Occasionally some of the minor characters seem a bit cliched, but such people do exist anyway, so taht's not much of a criticism.
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