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Purple Hibiscus

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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The limits of 15-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her repressive and fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, and more prayer.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart during a military coup, Kambili's father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to live with their aunt. In this house, full of energy and laughter, she discovers life and love -  and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

Centring on the promise of freedom and the pain and exhilaration of adolescence, Purple Hibiscus is the extraordinary debut of a remarkable new talent.

©2007 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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An engrossing story ...

An engrossing narrative that explores the dichotomy of privilege, poverty, wealth, power, in post colonial Nigeria.

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Well written book. Sad story.<br />

Struggled to finish this book..found it a bit depressing even though it is well written.

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Poignant

Hard to get started but I'm glad I persevered
A sad but poignant story of a Nigerian family controlled by the system and the family

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  • Natalie C
  • 07-19-19

great story, really well performed!

I really enjoyed it. the performance was really well read and brought the story to life.

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  • Kelly Wheeler
  • 03-07-19

A story telling genius

This is beautiful, the language choices have been carefully considered and lovingly combined to create strong visuals when listening to the story.
It’s a story of hope and strength and will stay with me.

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  • Jule
  • 10-29-18

Emotional roller-coaster!

Conjuring up the atmosphere and feel of Africa, this novel takes you through the experiences and emotions of our young protagonist, as she emerges alongside the purple hibiscus into adulthood. What I hadn't expected was to be driven down an emotional roller-coaster, through the diversity and intensity of her experiences, the relevance and influence of the politics, and the powerful relationships, both positive and negative, all delivered through detailed observations and a strong narrative line. Beautifully read, with clarity of expression and consistency of characterisation, this novel was begun and finished in one quick weekend, and now I'm wondering what to do with my time....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-18

Great story.

Really good read and keeps you hooked. Enjoyed the narration and the characters in the story.

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  • Micheal Light
  • 05-11-18

A stunning piece

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt so many emotions thru the book. I almost need a moment to let it all settle.

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  • su11y
  • 08-15-16

Excellent!

Fantastically read by Adjoa Andoh, which adds to the authenticity of the dialect used in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-16

dark at times but overall a good read.

it was nice to hear African voices, even though the story was at times difficult. it was always interesting to see where the character's would go, & how their story would develop. the ending was a real surprise.

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  • Rob A
  • 03-10-16

It was a good lovely story but performance..

Narrator being Ghanaian should be able to pronounce Nigerian words better. Being Ghanaian I could.

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  • Lilian
  • 03-01-16

A very enjoyable listen

I feel as though I have spent time in the real Nigeria. Adjoa Andoh is as captivating as ever.

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  • Nitza
  • 08-29-15

Wonderful

Beautifully written. Really brought out the sternness of religious discipline. Amazing story. I loved it.