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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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    "Wonderful"
    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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    "Well read but difficult to follow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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 2014
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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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    borgueta 04-01-15
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    "Beautiful, rich narration"

    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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    Kgotso 03-25-15
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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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    "Excellent but hard to follow."

    There were so many characters, different locations and switches between times that I really didn't get it until about half way through. The story and narration was beautiful, I probably needed to listen with fewer distractions.

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    Gayle 02-28-15
    Gayle 02-28-15
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    "Engrossing and Informative"

    I really liked this book until the end, which for me was inconclusive. I felt too many of the lives in which I was so engrossed throughout the book were left in limbo. I still liked the book a lot, just felt a little let down by the conclusion. It seems a book should not have to end with the words "The End."

    I also felt sometimes the switching back and forth in time was confusing. Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much. I read mainly for entertainment, but when I can learn something at the same time, it's a big bonus, which this was. The narrator was wonderful, switching between characters smoothly. Her male voices were entirely believable. Her performance made me think I enjoyed this audio version better than I would the printed version. The characters were so vividly portrayed that I had to be emotionally involved.

    All in all, a very engrossing and informative listen.

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    Tim Portland, OR, United States 02-27-15
    Tim Portland, OR, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    Not sure how to write an opinion on this one having spent time in Africa. Liked it and didn't like it.

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    AnaAna 12-20-14
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    "Great Book -- Narrator ...."
    If you could sum up Half of a Yellow Sun in three words, what would they be?

    Pros: Great novel
    Cons: A bit of annoyance that the narrator cannot pronounce Igbo language and names correctly - and it is not dialect, its just wrong. She does read English very well.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Learn how to pronounce the Igbo words correctly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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