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  • Purple Hibiscus

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could improve sound quality

  • By Brisa A. on 03-14-15

No regrets spending 10 hours with this author.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I finished listening to this book yesterday. I want to sit with it in my head for a while. It is a powerful book full of universal themes that disregard borders. Told with the voice of a 15 year old girl living in a house of wealth and tones of white - the book is about calculated brutality and uncontrolled rage from a beloved parent. It is the conflict of pride and fear.

I am a fan of Adichie's work. This is the least African of her novels because it is about a family that could live any where, the setting of Nigeria truly matters in only the last chapters of the book. Then again, it is also the most African of her books. The failures, whether by the head of state or head of the family, eventually bring growth and maturity. The family can serve as an analogy for the community and the youth of Africa's democracy/self-rule.

The narration is fabulous by Lisette Lecat. Her reading is slow and full of emotion. She captures the shy hesitancy of our storyteller.

I look forward to spending time with this author/narrator again.

  • Dodgers

  • A Novel
  • By: Bill Beverly
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Dodgers is the story of a young man named East who works for an LA drug gang, sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys - including East's hotheaded younger brother - to kill a witness connected to a major case, who is hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, and over the course of his journey the book brings in elements from a diverse array of genres, ranging from crime fiction to road narrative to coming-of-age novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgers leave L.A!! What's the world coming to?

  • By Clodhopper on 04-23-16

Unexpected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-16

I love a book that takes me outside my comfort zone and introduces me to a world that I would never otherwise known. This book was full of unexpected twists and revelations. It is a coming-of-age story like none other.

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