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Half of a Yellow Sun

By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: Zainab Jah
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Baileys Prize Best of the Best

Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece.

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

©2016 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Vividly written, thrumming with life...a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River." (Joyce Carol Oates)
"Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers." (Chinua Achebe)
"[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, The Siege." ( The Guardian)
"Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic." ( Daily Mail)
"Stunning. This novel is an immense achievement." ( The Observer)

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Zainab Jha ....my hero

I tried to watch the movie but zainab’s voice and role play really suited me better!,, And obviously no one could ever be so successful turning a beautiful book into a movie. For example my imagination of Olanna was so strikingly different than the olana in the movie..

Chimamanda is really one of my favorite authors right now. And I really hope zainab jha reads more books on audible I’m in love with her Nigerian accent. Please oh.

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Devastating and gorgeous

I felt that some of the characters were so real, so relatable, that I cried when the book ended and wanted to immediately reread it. I also felt the shame and guilt of being from the West and knowing nothing about this period of history or much of anything about post-colonial Africa.

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Very well narrated

Good book and very well narrated, I really enjoyed the writing, but these characters were hard to love sometimes

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Chimamanda is my favorite writer. Read every word!

what powerful women. After just finishing the CSW65 at the UN for the advancement of women's rights, the stories of these three characters are powerful lessons to learn from.

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The Best book by Chimamanda that I've read.

Surprising insiders view about this important historical event! Making the world hear what it must

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best literary experience of my life.

This book was out of this world amazing. upon finishing I was in disbelief that it ended and I whispered to myself "that was intense." I don't think I'll ever read anything that's better than this.

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Beautiful story, wonderfully told!

I was very engrossed by this book. I loved how the story shifted between the viewpoint and narrative of three of the main characters and the voice, intonation, accents and entire performance of the narrator was on point.

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One of best five list

Wonderful book. Wonderful narration. Thought provoking and disturbing and awesome. Calling it a must would be an understatement.

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what a beautiful sad enthralling tale!

what a beautiful sad enthralling tale! I loved this book. it took me a long time to finally buy it- I'd had I was good, but I'm scared of sad stories. Now I'm glad I finally got around to read it. Excellent story telling Ms Adichie!

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A deeply moving account

Beautiful narration. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has opened a window to a world that loved, suffered, fought, loved, endured and above all willed itself to keep going on. This books is deeply moving.

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  • 10-19-17

In my living memory

I remember the terrible pictures of Biafran babies, I had a friend who was a Nigerian Ibo, she had been raised in the UK and I never knew the complexity of the story of those times. A magnificent book heartbreaking and extraordinary in the evil and goodness threaded through societies the world .
I will need to hear it again and again. Brilliantly read.

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  • 10-16-17

ezcellent

such a moving story. I didn't know the story of Biafra before and almost wish I didnt now. beautifully written and reaf

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  • Mrs M Manderson
  • 08-04-18

An interesting African perspective

The story starts slowly but gets more intriguing as the chapters unfold. A long read but Chimamanda’s command of the English language is certainly exquisite. She beautifully describes even the smallest scenes and considerations. I was disappointed however, that it was not the voice or accent of a true Nigerian. Whilst it may go unnoticed by many, it lacked the authenticity being a reader of African descent who understands the accent. This is not a criticism of the reader who did do a great job in reading the story overall.

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  • Patricia B.
  • 09-20-18

Interesting story, well written and narrated

I know very little about African history and culture, and this book helped me have a glimpse into that.

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  • Benry
  • 08-14-18

A masterpiece

Just about perfect. Adichie writes beautifully with a lightness of touch and a firmness of purpose. The narration by Zainab Jah is excellent. Through her you are there with Olana, Odenigbo, Baby and Ugwu as their comfortable world collapses and they struggle with the vicissitudes of life in newly - and shortly - independent Biafra.

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  • N16
  • 07-15-18

The world was silent when we died

A chance encounter with a Nigerian Uber driver led me to this book, his way to educate me on his family's struggle to be Biafran.

The story is cleverly told, weaving personal stories through a historical narrative. Read it and weep then realise the struggle is still very much on.

Brilliant narration and by the end of it I could speak a few phrases of Igbo to the amusement of my Nigerian colleagues.

Abu m onye Biafra.

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  • Michelle K O Oladapo
  • 07-05-18

Intriguing informative read

I started listening to this audiobook forgetting that it had anything to do with the Biafran Civil war and was pleasantly surprised by the sudden change in narrative.
It was a captivating read and a good introduction into the the circumstances that led to the war although the book didn’t give a complete unbiased account of what caused the war, it told the story of a tragedy from a family that will remain changed forever. Though it was fiction I’m sure this mirrored someones story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-18

A triumph of storytelling, wonderfully read

I did not want this book to end. A beautiful, heartbreaking, fierce and quiet story, everyone should read it. And Zainab Jah was the perfect storyteller. Certainly the best thing I've listened to on Audible, and one of my favourite books.

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  • vanessa s.
  • 06-25-18

Brilliant

What a great book. I was gripped. The narrator was excellent and her command of different voices and accents is impressive

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  • VDS
  • 06-01-18

The best book I've read in years

The description was so beautiful that I had to slow down my reading to make sure not a word is missed. I love the story, so rich and full of unexpected turns. I enjoyed learning a period of the Nigerian history.

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  • Patrick
  • 08-14-22

While the world watch us die

Beautifully narrated.
An comprehensive and compelling story on the country of Biafra.
As a child growing up in Australia I remember my mother saying - eat your dinner think of all the starving children in Biafra.
I loved this book with the real life rich characters.

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  • 07-25-22

Igbo language

The narrator struggled with Igbo language. The world watched while Biafrans died and the killings are still going on.

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  • Naalongo Acholi
  • 09-12-21

Opened my Eyes to a Whole World

The Biafra war happened when I was young. I had heard talks by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which I loved, so I looked for her books. The powerful characters from Ugwu, to Kainene became so real, I absolutely loved it. I have lived in Uganda for 18 years, so the deep cultural African dynamics resonated with me. Thank you for this rich experience.

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  • Nicolette
  • 08-23-21

Raw pain

How difficult to hear of this war, Biafra, a country I only knew had existed because of its starved peoples, and their tragic images which reached the press of the time.
As always, a gripping work by Chimamanda. I only wish I had known this truth growing up. A very difficult and sad truth.

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  • Robintrel
  • 06-27-21

Deeply moving

This is a beautifully written account of a turbulent time in Nigerian history and the impact on the lives of two sisters, their households and communities. It taught me much that I did not know. It is lengthy and often confronting, but it held me from the start. The narration was wonderful. It was a privilege to listen to this extraordinary work.

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  • JPR
  • 02-23-21

Well worth reading and brilliantly narrated!

The story of the effects of the Biafran War on ordinary people. I found the account of how lives were turned upside down by unwise idealists very moving. The novel was brought to life by the really brilliant narration who I give 5 stars plus! she was absolutely brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-20

Compelling extremely well written story

Story telling at its finest .
You felt you knew the characters personally and so became embroiled with them in their everyday lives and the impact on them of the devastating politics of the time and place.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
Easy to see why this was a prize winning author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-20

absolutely immersive

amazing narration and storytelling, Chimamanda has a magic way with words. I took a while to get a handle on all the characters but it was worth it as the plot took off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-20

Simply written, but lacking no heart.

A very special and engrossing exploration of a time and place most of us know nothing about.