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There Was a Country
- A Personal History of Biafra
- By: Chinua Achebe
- Narrated by: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
- Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than 40 years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events.
The Audible Edition Is a Disaster
- By Olu on 11-28-12
Very informative entertaining story!
What did you love best about There Was a Country?
I loved the level of detail of the book while maintaining its ease of reading.
Who was your favorite character and why?
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator seemed not to be well-prepared to handle this novel. He pronounced every single name of person and place, but for one or two, inaccurately. Even the author's name wrong. Both times. Unfortunately, this takes away from the quality of the performance for those who have heard the names before, and is misleading for those who haven't.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
What country will there be?
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