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'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!
I was 10 years old when I began learning and fighting for The Civil Rights movement and then my consciousness was directed to the Anti-War and Environmental Protection advocacy. I was not aware of what was going on in Biafra until I watched video of the starvation that was engulfing the people of Biafra. I have been politically active since my early teens, working to educate those around me about the big picture of social ills. Now we are watching most of the Middle East and the top two thirds of Africa in chaos with starvation, innocents dying and hatred of others because they are "others"
re-emerging. We Americans are just sitting back and watching as long as we can get our "stuff" as cheap as possible. Have We Learned NOTHING?
I remember the Biafra famine, but I didn't recall the back story. Turns out the back story is pretty rich.
This was a gripping and very moving story. The narrator is astonishing in her ability to create utterly convincing voices for dozens of characters. An audio experience of the highest order!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to pronounce the Igbo words correctly
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