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
“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)
I can't stop listening to this book. The reader is amazing and a quick moving, very interesting story.
I could have handled a more linear storytelling style and the author could have made it better and shorter by eliminating some sub-plots but it was generally really good and I thought that the narration was great. It was also a window into something I knew nothing about (I had to google Biafra).
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.
Adichie's novel is an achievement: hauntingly beautiful, searing, raw and powerful. The parallel story structure is an effective strategy and makes you feel as though you are listening to more than just one book. The narrator does a good job with a range of accents and allows you to concentrate on the drama (insufficient word, "drama") as it unfolds.
as with most historical fiction it does at times paint horror. fabulous characterizations by Robin Miles!!!!!!
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!!
The narration of African accents seems authentic but is difficult to understand. I can get a fair idea of what’s going on but not enough to relax and enjoy the book. I didn’t make it past the first half-hour.
No - too long.
Ughu - the house boy.
The accents and voice intonations of the local folks
Kanene - she was just a cool lady
This book is recorded out of sequence. Earlier parts of the plot are in the second download. later parts are in the earlier download. This really messes up the experience of listening.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
I just wish I had not wasted a credit on this audio book. Sorry, but this is one choice to regret. A story that starts no where, goes no where, and ends even worse, with just a feeling of time poorly wasted, waiting for some story to emerge. Blank headphones would have made better company than listening to this audiobook.
Four or five average people, leading average lives, told in a less than average story. I would love the ask the author - why? What were you writing about? How did it ever get to print? Or audiobook? Who do you know? This speaks to the depths of the lack of quality out there. Not saying I could do better, no, but I don't pretend to have a story and then spill out streams of endless drivel about a half dozen average people.
Just because they are in Africa, and that seems exotic to North Americans, does not make this interesting. Hardly.
The only saving grace was skillful narration.
I would love to hear the reasoning behind anyone believing there is something to this novel, because I just don't get it.
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