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)
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.
I'm comparing this book to Gone With the Wind for the way it focuses intensely on a small group of people, through them showing the effects of a ruinous war. The book gives us personal melodramas enacted throughout changing times. Our personal absorption in these characters makes each event of the war all the more shocking. Although it's overly long, the extraneous details are absorbing, thanks to Robin Miles' brilliant narration through which each voice becomes a fully realized character.
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.
It was time well spent but I found myself easily distracted and not able to pay attention to the story line.
Her voice has a wonderful warmth.
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.
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.
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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