Half of a Yellow Sun

  • by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.

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What the Critics Say

“This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing.” (Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review)
“Adichie has written an ambitious, astonishing novel that succeeds on all levels.” (Bookmarks Magazine)

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a very human, universal story.

While this story was set during the war in Nigeria, it had more to do with the characters and their relationships with each other. I was hesitant to listen after reading some of the other reviews. This is not a quick story with something constantly happening or a lot of drama. The author kind of stays in a moment. However, ,I really loved this audiobook. It was very realistic...not sugarcoating the bad or over dramitizing. The more I listened, the more the Nigerian civil war sounded so much like any other civil war and the responses and behavior of the people the same of anyone else put in the same situation. It really illustrated, to me, how very similar we all are in our humanity, no matter our culture or country.
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- Emily

Brilliant narration of a captivating story

If you could sum up Half of a Yellow Sun in three words, what would they be?

History comes alive!


What did you like best about this story?

I quickly became attached to the complex characters of this novel. I felt I was an intimate witness to their life struggles, traumas and transformations. In the process, I learned about a painful chapter in the history of Biafra/Nigeria. At the centre, the story is about the writing of a book, which examines the complicity of the world community in these terrible events and suggests that personal relationships are intricately tied to international relations.


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

Robin Miles performed the characters accents beautifully.


Any additional comments?

Chimananda Ngozi Adichi has written a masterful work of historical fiction. I look forward to reading more of her novels.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books