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Stay with Me Audiobook

Stay with Me: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, short-listed for the prestigious Bailey's Prize and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage - and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does - but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.

An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay with Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

©2017 Ayobami Adebayo (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride." (The Guardian)

"Adebayo describes parenthood and love with heartbreaking prose. She deftly reveals secrets and the decisions that set life-altering events in motion. The story's fast pace brings surprising twists to Akin, Yejide, and their families' lives." (Booklist)

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    M. Ryder 08-28-17
    M. Ryder 08-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbelievably Powerful!!!"

    What a story and narration! I seldom rate audiobooks with more than 4 stars, but when it came to this, I had to give it a perfect score. The story hit me hard, and wouldn't let go. It was heartbreaking, yet at times, thankfully, a bit lighter to handle. It was really sad to see the extent to which this couple went to conceive children, and the effects it had on their marriage. As for the narration, all I can say is bravo! Her performance was flawless!!! She absolutely brought the story to life. To be honest, I don't think it would've made such an impression on me, had I just read the book. Without a doubt, the narrator put her heart and soul into the performance. I cannot say enough about the audiobook, other than to purchase it!😊👍🏼

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    Pat U. 08-25-17
    Pat U. 08-25-17
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    "Beautiful!"

    I love the reading the accents were spot on. My husband is from Nigeria and I send there several times a lot of these places I've heard about know about a lot of the traditions I've heard about know about and this is simply a beautiful story I really enjoyed it actually finished it in

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    Cherie Clark 10-20-17
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    "Disappear into this story"

    I loved this story. Not always an easy one to hear but all enveloping. Reader was amazing and brought the book an authentic feel (at least to this white western woman).

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    Mrs. Cummings 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome Book!"

    I didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did. I bought it to have some racket in my ear while I'm at work. But then, I found myself turning it on in the car on the way home, then at the gym, then in the shower...it's a genuinely good book! You won't be disappointed!

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    Staci S. 10-16-17
    Staci S. 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible."

    An emotional and captivating story about the evolution of a marriage and the individuals contained within. Beautifully and flawlessly narrated.

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    Jones 10-16-17
    Jones 10-16-17
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    "Wonderful to listen to"

    I loved the narrator and how each character had a unique voice and conjured up an image all their own. The time flew by as I listened to this novel.

    What I didn't care for was that one of the plot twists didn't make any sense at all. I don't want to give the story away, but one of the characters has a condition that would have been obvious to the wife and would have made it impossible for her to be able to hide something she did. I even replayed part of the story to make sure I hadn't missed something and I didn't. So one of the main plots just didn't make any darn sense.

    If I excuse that, I enjoyed the bits of Nigerian culture that were woven throughout the story and it really hit home that we set ourselves up for misery and miss out on life when we pin all of our hopes on having a fairytale life that is imposed by the people around us. We have to find happiness in the true loves in our lives and stop wasting time pretending, lying, and covering it up to be something we aren't, especially when there are people who love us the way we are.

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    Kathleen Smallwood Hanna City, Illinois 10-14-17
    Kathleen Smallwood Hanna City, Illinois 10-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Full of Hope and Heartbreak"

    This book really gripped me as a woman who suffers from infertility. It was a really fascinating look into Nigerian culture, which I knew nothing about. There were parts that were really hard for me to hear, and I almost stopped listening, but overall, I'm glad I finished it. The. Aeration was amazing and perfect.

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    Briana A. Thomas 10-13-17
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    "loved it!"

    this was my first audio book and I loved it! I was skeptical at first since I usually prefer a book in front of me but the narrator was amazing. she really brought the characters to life & kept my attention.

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    ivygirl 10-12-17
    ivygirl 10-12-17
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    "Extraordinary storytelling and narration!"

    This book was amazing! The title is just one component of this complicated story. You will be constantly surprised. The narration is superb. I felt as though I was listening in during private conversations! The narration brought the characters to life! This is definitely a book to read and listen to as well! Looking forward to more titles by this author!

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this book!!"

    What an experience I was intrigued by the story and the reading was flawless and exciting

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