• Half of a Yellow Sun

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Adoh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-21-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This highly anticipated novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in Nigeria during the 1960s, at the time of a vicious civil war in which a million people died and thousands were massacred in cold blood. The three main characters in the novel are swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. One is a young boy from a poor village who is employed at a university lecturer's house. The other is a young middle-class woman, Olanna, who has to confront the reality of the massacre of her relatives. And the third is a white man, a writer who lives in Nigeria for no clear reason, and who falls in love with Olanna's twin sister, a remote and enigmatic character. As these people's lives intersect, they have to question their own responses to the unfolding political events. This extraordinary novel is about Africa in a wider sense, about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.
©2006 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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Critic Reviews

"Tender and harrowing by turn you listen with a throat tense with fear, never knowing the outcome of any moment as neighbour turns on neighbour and the smell of death fills the air. Adjoa Andoh reads it to perfection - every character given a voice, a life, that sings out in a dozen perfectly held accents, from the village Igbo to English received pronunciation." ( The Express)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jo on 02-01-15

Great story

Great story. I didn't even know anything about Biafra ever existing. I love all of chimamanda ngozis Adichies books and the narrator was good too. Definitely recommend

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 11-27-07

The reader brings this story to life

We all know of 'Biafra' but this story makes one live the sad drama that made rich men poor and poor men dead. The reader brings to life the language of the people, one of my most memorable 'audible books' of the last 6 years.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Aleksandra on 05-30-11

Vibrant, deeply touching and compassionate

Its a story of a beautiful troubled land populated with fully fledged and fascinating characters. The people you will meet in this story are alive and you will follow their lives with intense interest. But the situation and the world they are immersed in are real. Real tragedies, real heroism, real struggle for freedom and peace, real faith and disillusion, real love and compassion, real sacrifice, real brutality and real raw war. Your guide in this world will be intimate and sensual details: colours, food, body language, clothes, family dynamics, glimpses of landscape, fragments of poems, personal experience, individual tragedies. It is the best book I have heard this year so far and one of the best ever.
It is brilliantly read by Adjoa Adoh who acted out the multidude of characters, accents and moods with her beautifull voice.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By audiobooker on 07-03-15

Great writing, very well read

Absorbing characters and story and very well written. My only criticism would be the broken narrative of the text, which I thought was unnecessary.

The narration of the audiobook was fantastic.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 06-30-15

Brilliant writer, thoroughly enjoyed

Liked the narrative of the Biafra war. Also enjoyed the different relationships and dynamics of them.

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