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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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    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

    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 2010
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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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    Elizabeth Stafford Springs, CT, United States 08-28-14
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    "Beautiful and painful story of Biafra"

    I did not know this book would take me through the Nigerian civil war when I bought it. But I am so glad I learned about it through this stunning story of an upper class African family that eventually found themselves on the losing side. The story is well written, beautifully narrated, and delivers the war gently. No clobbering with gruesome gratuitous violence and no battle scenes. This is simply the experience of a few individuals who lived through it. I loved the characters and especially the twin sisters whose difficult relationship is finally healed because of the war.

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    Cynthia ARLINGTON, VA, United States 08-22-14
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    "Excellent book and presentation!"
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    I found this book well written, well performed and learned something about which I knew nothing.

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    Mary SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-01-13
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    "CHARACTERS SO REAL THEY SIT ACROSS FROM YOU"

    THE "GONE WITH THE WIND" OF THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE. AN UNFORGETABLE STORY OF CIVIL WAR AND THE STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE AND HOLD ONTO A WAY OF LIFE.

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    Noah Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-17-12
    Noah Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Half of a Yellow Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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).


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    Jan H Melchior 10-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A beautiful story full of rich characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Half of a Yellow Sun the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was wonderful, I loved being told this story.


    What did you like best about 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.


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    lisa Charlottesville, VA, United States 09-24-12
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    "Gripping tale of civil war and global indifference"

    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.

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    "Fabulous performance! Great characters."

    as with most historical fiction it does at times paint horror. fabulous characterizations by Robin Miles!!!!!!

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    Jon Placerville, CA, United States 03-24-14
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    "Largely unintelligible"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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