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Tiny Sunbirds Far Away | [Christie Watson]
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Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother, and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman: Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure.
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Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother, and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman: Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos.

Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice and strikingly captured in Adjoa Andoh's sensitive reading, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, and occasionally tragic, this audiobook bursts with life and the voices of characters you will never forget.

©2011 Christie Watson (P)2012 Quercus Publishing Plc

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    Georgeia Finchley, United Kingdom 01/08/2012
    Georgeia Finchley, United Kingdom 01/08/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautifully words and narration"

    I came across this book by chance, after following a link to see what others who had also purchased a book I was then reading had also read. I have to say that I am so glad that I did. The story is told from the view point of 12 year old Blessing who lives a comfortable life with her mother, father and older brother in an upmarket compound in Lagos. When her father ups and leaves for another woman the family is forced to move in with Blessings eldery grandparents, who live in a village in the Niger Delta, with no running water, no electricity and the ever present threat of political uprising just a not-so-distant gunshot away. As well as dealing with the lack of modern day comforts, Blessing is also introduced to a world of religion and age-old customs that she finds both comforting and shocking respectively. All the characters are wondeful, with so much depth assigned to each of them that it is impossible not to love them all and by turns both laugh and cry with them as the author unfolds their story.
    The narrator is amazing. She acts each character so perfectly and her diction is clear and delightful to listen to. I could easily tell which character was speaking at any one time from the voices that she gives them. It is so nice to listen to a book which is properly acted by the narrator, (another example of which would be the fantastic The Help), instead of just read out loud.
    All round I would highly recommend this book, it is uplifting, funny, sad, informative, scary and heartwarming.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amelia United Kingdom 14/07/2013
    Amelia United Kingdom 14/07/2013 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Imagery from spoken word evoke strong feelings"

    This story set in Nigeria is so readable and listening to it read by Adjoa Andoh was so lovely and the imagery and feeling it produced was very real. I enjoyed the characters of Blessing and her Grandmother and Celestine especially. Blessings mother although present throughout the novel always seemed to be on the fringes of her life and maybe had difficulty showing and or responding to emotions. The political climate and time of the novel made it difficult to exist and the life of Ezikiel was very difficult as a result. The fact that the story was told through the eyes of Blessing made it more enjoyable.
    The role of Grandmother as the local midwife and what that entailed was very interesting to me as a midwife and I really enjoyed these sections of the story.
    Life was hard for women and the domestic violence elements of the story Celestine endured were not pleasant especially when they were considered necessary by other female members of the family.
    The narration was fantastic and totally made the story I so so enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Mold, United Kingdom 14/12/2012
    Charles Mold, United Kingdom 14/12/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "A beautifully written and narrated book"

    I was enchanted by this book. One of the best I have read / listened to in several years. The characters are extremely well crafted and the plot is full of surprises. I can't wait for Christie Watson to bring out another, perhaps a sequel. Adjoa Andoh's narration was superb, bringing the characters to life. This book made me feel that the Niger Delta is the first place and the last place on earth that I should want to visit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    michael Norwich, United Kingdom 05/12/2012
    michael Norwich, United Kingdom 05/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "A story that makes lasting impression..."

    Charming and Beautifully told by an amazing narrator. I brought this as part of the " buy two and get one free" offer and im so glad I found it and didn't over look it. Its a story I will always remember.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Oxford, United Kingdom 15/10/2013
    Carol Oxford, United Kingdom 15/10/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Heart-warming, Heart-rending, and informative!"

    This book revealed an unknown (to me) culture of the Niger Delta and the impact upon it of the oil industry - through the medium of a family saga which had resonances for the whole world. It had messages for mothers, daughters, brothers, fathers, grand-parents and step-parents. Beautifully, and at times amusingly, read by Adjoa Andoh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel London, England 12/10/2013
    Rachel London, England 12/10/2013
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    "Quite simply superb."
    What did you like most about Tiny Sunbirds Far Away?

    The narrator! She was absolutely sublime. Every character had a different voice, but they were all perfect. The story itself was funny, sad, heartbreaking, inspiring.


    What other book might you compare Tiny Sunbirds Far Away to, and why?

    I honestly couldn't, it's not comparable to anything.


    What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! She was absolutely amazing. Every voice, the accents, her vocal inflection - she was simply wonderful.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Hulland Birmingham, United Kingdom 26/03/2014
    Victoria Hulland Birmingham, United Kingdom 26/03/2014 Member Since 2013

    I love books, what else can I say.

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    "This book will stay with me for ever."
    What made the experience of listening to Tiny Sunbirds Far Away the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. As if she was telling her own story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subtle humour and the frankness of the families ordeal.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself praying for good things to happen to Blessing and her family as the story progressed and I felt like I was experiencing her situation alongside her. Fabulous narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to/read it you won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Buck 11/04/2014
    Marianne Buck 11/04/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Engulfed"
    What made the experience of listening to Tiny Sunbirds Far Away the most enjoyable?

    The story made you feel like you were there taking part or at least watching on the side lines.


    What other book might you compare Tiny Sunbirds Far Away to, and why?

    None. It was one that stands alone. Also it was very well read.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None I loved it all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    To have an African lady read the book was a bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Melksham, United Kingdom 12/01/2014
    Mrs Melksham, United Kingdom 12/01/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent story dealing with some difficult issues"

    Really well read. The story was worth the listen but the gritty issues covered added depth and puts it as one of my top reads last year.

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