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Americanah

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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

©2013 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Andoh's rich voice and distinct characters and rhythm keep the listener engrossed.... Andoh has fun adopting a mocking lilt for Ifemelu's snarky blog entries.... [and] a more serious tone brings authenticity to the heartbreak of Obinze's London experience." (AudioFile)

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    Per Jennische 08-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting perspective on race in America"

    The book is a discussion on race built around the troubled love story of Ifemelu and Obinze.
    I really enjoyed following the journey of Ifemelu and Obinze as they leave their native Nigeria to experience very different lives in America and the UK before yet another cultural experience by returning home again.
    The author provides eye opening perspectives on race in the US, UK and Nigeria and makes it very clear that race is not much but in our heads.

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    Marie 06-15-15
    Marie 06-15-15
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    "Wow! "

    loved it! Great read! Recommend to everyone to listen to. truly captivating. komedi exitement and exotic.

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    TAMBE Sweden 12-26-14
    TAMBE Sweden 12-26-14

    Heavily addicted to the world Of books, exploring new styles that bring the author's fertile imagination from thoughts to print.

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    "Never say Never"
    What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

    my most enjoyable experience ? I loved seeing the characters undergo this surgical transformation. Adichie knows what she is doing. Ifemelu and Obinze are two characters undergoing constant transformation. They have no game plan as it were. They just embraced life the way it happened to them. From the UK to the USA we see both Of them bending to forces beyond their control. In addition to being a test to their identity , this author has no regress, and rightfully too, when she describes in graphic details what her characters must do to survive .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Americanah?

    i cant forget the moment Obinze realises he is better off than cleaning all sizes Of shit. His dignity at this moment takes a whole new meaning. .i think Adichie uses her two teenage lovers to make it clear that there is no damage from which we cannot recover.


    What three words best describe Adjoa Andoh’s performance?

    Bold, audacious , witty

    Nigerian names are not that easy to pronounce. That she accepts to dare trying merits her the adjectives above.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ifemelu's meeting with the sports trainer. She had to pay her rents and would hate herself for doing what she did.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the blog posts. .this tells me that the epistolary forms and Blogs can conviniently be used to advance plot within the same novel.

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    Aminkeng Atabong 08-25-14
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    "Listen and then own it."
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    I have listened to this book more than once. It embodies beauty and brain fused together. African literature should not be stuck in the past...this is a good piece of progressive experience of African literature. A masterpiece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the blend of reality into fiction. It makes us of very functional definitions or essential issues like whiteness, racism, being black, Africans. A beauty comparable to the Mona Lisa!


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

    good pronunciation of the names. Good reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she defines whiteness as a norm.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are confused about race issues read this book. it makes use of very simple, low to earth example to explain very serious issues.

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    TTT 05-22-14
    TTT 05-22-14

    scruffdiva

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    "Not the best reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was. The writing is great. I didn't love the way the person read it though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have so I already know her writing is strong.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's American accents grated my nerves. No account for region and they all sounded like they were putting question marks at the end of sentences mostly. In this instance, since I didn't love the American characters already (a bit stereotyped and one dimensional - at best two dimensional, it made it worse.


    Did Americanah inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    E. Wright 05-18-14
    E. Wright 05-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "An absolute Must read."
    What did you love best about Americanah?

    Being South African - stories about race touch a nerve and I therefore found the descriptions of racism in America so interesting to read. There are so many similarities in what is suffered in our country and in what this story was about that it touched me very deeply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 'heroine' Adichie. She is so real and the novel felt like an autobiography. I identified with her continuously and felt every moment she talked about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A Scene in a hair salon where she is having her hair braided. This is not something that many white people think about, how painful it is having your hair continuously pulled and the descriptions of the people in the hair salon were wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not really. It is a book that touched me deeply and made me feel very emotional so that I sometimes needed space between listening to chapters. But I finished it in four days, so I did not need too much space.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Mary Carstens 04-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I work at a small college. I like humorous books and books where the main character triumphs. I do not like religious books or mysteries.

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    "Great book, great reader!"
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    I loved this book. The story is very compelling and the reader does a wonderful job of bringing life to the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first time I have listened to any of Adjoa Andoh's performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I liked breaking this up into smaller sessions, so that I can enjoy it in small doses.


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    Carol 03-03-14
    Carol 03-03-14
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    "really enjoyed this"
    What did you love best about Americanah?

    this portrayed two different themes - one is the coming of age in to maturation of a 20 year old bright young woman, and the other is the point of view on race of a non american black . Both points of view were interesting, well written, and complimented each other effortlessly.


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    Zora Footscray, Australia 02-07-14
    Zora Footscray, Australia 02-07-14
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    "Wonderful, warm and clever"

    What a fantastic novel and even more astonishing performance by the narrator!

    I adored Ifemelu, so smart and straight-talking and wonderful. I could see why Obinze loved her so, and their relationship was utterly convincing. The insight into race in America is clear-eyed and honest, but it's not a didactic novel by any means. It pulses with warmth and humour. Just glorious.

    On the narration: Having seen some of the American reviewers complaining about Adjoa Andoh's American accent... I could just imagine what Ifemelu would say about that! "Oh yes, because Americans are so well known for their skill at rendering the accents of other nationalities!" The American accents are completely fine, and they certainly don't all sound like Fran Drescher! The range of accents Andoh presents is vast and astonishingly good, and her general narration is simply lovely.

    Highly recommended.

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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-04-14
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "amusing and witty commentary on race in America"

    i can definitely understand why this novel has been put on many of the 'best of' lists for this year.

    i found it quite amusing and full of witty commentary, observations and opinions about race in America. i neither liked nor disliked either of the main characters...and i didn't really have any deep interest in whether their spanning relationship worked out or if it didn't.
    but overall i enjoyed both of their separate life experiences and found the relationships they had with each other and with their friends and family very realistic. both characters made bad decisions...and good decisions...but the way they both displayed and celebrated their race differently living in the modern world in America, Nigeria and England under the racial pretense of this book was very interesting.

    it wasn't my personal favorite of 2013, but it's a solid read that i'm not sorry i took on.

    the narrator was awesome.

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  • Sara
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    4/11/15
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    "Fantastic narration"

    Loved the story, such an insight into life, relationships and race in Nigeria vs America. But particularly impressed by Adjoa Andoh, whose narration is always spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    4/9/15
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    "If only it had been shorter!"

    The parts of the story set in Nigeria are really engaging and interesting, but the dominant section in the USA is far too long and the plot is a thin vehicle for the author's preoccupations. The English section cliched. It takes considerable commitment to soldier through to the end despite the wholly excellent narrator, who is the real star of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Bekker
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    4/2/15
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    "Worth every second!"

    A wonderful and articulately observed insight into the personal experiences of immigrant and expat life and so much more. A great example of where the narration gives an experience of the book that I would not have had reading it. The various accents and versatility of the narrator is superbly matched to the imagination of the author.

    An engaging and personal performance!

    In short, if you are reading this review and wondering whether to listen to this book - go for it! (It is also a perfect gift for the traditionalist doubters who question the power of the audiobook experience.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    3/30/15
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    "Was a fan of the author, now love the narrator to!"

    I have read the other novels by Chinamanda Ngozi but the narrotor brought this book to life so much that I want to listen to the audio books of the books I've already read! She made lines I'm certain I would have read and not found funny hilarious and gave every character a subtle differnence in their voice. If I was to give her one critisism, it would eb that her American accent is a bit whiney.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Cape Town
    1/4/15
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    "Why didn't they use a narrator from Zimbabwe?"
    What disappointed you about Americanah?

    Same ol' same ol'.
    I am perhaps just tired of this type of romanticized portrayal of life in sub-Saharan Africa.


    What will your next listen be?

    Another major prize winner or nominee.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accent was awful.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope. Sorry. I couldn't listen to more than a few chapters so perhaps there were redeeming plot turns later on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Di S
    London UK
    11/27/14
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    "Audiobook enhanced my experience of this book."
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    This wasn't a book I would probably have chosen myself, but it was my Book Club choice so I went ahead and read/listed to it.
    It was a book I felt I learnt a lot from, and was pleased I had read afterwards.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The insight into Nigerian culture, and the experience of a black woman moving to the US in her twenties was fascinating and insightful. It raised all sorts of issues I had never really considered before - the issue of the politics and social norms about hair being just one example.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favourite?

    There are clearly autobiographical elements of this book, which means that the author provides first-hand experience and insight into her writing.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The narration in a Nigerian accent added to my enjoyment of this book - helped me to understand and 'get into the head' of the main character.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    11/24/14
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    "Flawless narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Americanah to be better than the print version?

    Rich story, fabulous narration. Poignant, touching. I want to read / listen to more from Adichie.


    What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Flawless narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kevin daly
    11/13/14
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    "Not very gripping"
    Would you try another book written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or narrated by Adjoa Andoh?

    No


    Would you recommend Americanah to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Took a while to get into. The narration was difficult to understand at times. This book is not for everyone. But I can understand why it got great reviews.


    Did Americanah inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    10/28/14
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    "Must really start listening to my wife..."

    My wife recommended this to me and I'm glad she did.

    This is as insightful as you get and really refreshing on the whole notion of home and belonging. I have a mixed race or as I prefer multicultural and rich family and have wrestled with some of the issues in the book myself. The story isn't straight forward and approaches the subject in a beautifully insightful way...

    Not really for the dipper though you need to stay with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • W
    United Kingdom
    9/24/14
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    "A fantastic listen"
    If you could sum up Americanah in three words, what would they be?

    Complex. Educational. Wonderful.


    What other book might you compare Americanah to, and why?

    I can't think of another book like it that I have read - the only criterion on which I could base a comparison would be character. Her characters are so rounded and believable - every single one, however minor. The only other book I have ever felt this about to the same extent was On Beauty, by Zadie Smith.


    What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I see in other reviews that other people have said she didn't get some of the accents right - I would have about as much of a clue about that as Dick Van Dyke did about his cockney accent in Mary Poppins! For me, however, the narration was perfect - Adjoa Andoh has an incredibly versatile range and a lovely voice; her characterisations complemented the writing and brought the story and people to life for me in a way I wouldn't have been able to if I'd read it on paper.


    Any additional comments?

    As well as being entertained by a fabulous plot and cast of characters, I was lifted out of myself and put in a completely different pair of shoes to my own. An eye-opening experience that pulled me up several times and made me look hard and critically at myself and society. I'm really glad I bought Americanah. This is a book I will revisit again and again and I would recommend it highly to anyone as a 'must read'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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