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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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    Maxim Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-08-13
    Maxim Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very vivid and compelling story"
    Would you listen to Half of a Yellow Sun again? Why?

    No - too long.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ughu - the house boy.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents and voice intonations of the local folks


    If you could take any character from Half of a Yellow Sun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kanene - she was just a cool lady


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Shoreline, WA, United States 10-31-12
    Carolyn Shoreline, WA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great book and performance a problem with sequence"
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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-25-12
    Ron Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-25-12

    A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.

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    "No point to this, absolutely no point"

    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.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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