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Under the Udala Trees Audiobook

Under the Udala Trees

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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly. Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is 11 when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, and the star-crossed pair fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti's political coming of age, Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees uses one woman's lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. But this story offers a glimmer of hope - a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

©2015 Chinelo Okparanta (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Miss 09/11/2016
    Miss 09/11/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story read with a terrible accent"

    Why did the narrator chose a non-specific southern African accent for a Nigerian story? It's like reading a book set in London's East End in Geordie accent. The narration and the way she pronounced "akara" almost made me stop listening. Thankfully the plot was captivating enough to keep me interested until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CFye 01/10/2016
    CFye 01/10/2016
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    "A brave & beautiful story"

    This is an important story, a perspective that is usually silenced by fear. It's also beautifully told and narrated - a highly recommended listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dzifa Afonu 04/08/2016
    Dzifa Afonu 04/08/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "A beautiful book, characters that stay with you "

    I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. The characters jump out of the page and have stayed with me. The narration feels just right for the book. Not too over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 14/05/2016
    Pamela 14/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The Narrator ruins the book!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different Narrator


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chinelo Okparanta? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    Lack of research.. This is a Nigerian story but she used a very generic African accent that was closer to South African that any West African accent..Please, please, western narrators...do your research!!! I would have preferred to listen to this in a western accent than this mingled, terrible, terrible accent!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • ayodele higgs
    05/12/15
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    "Great Listen!"

    I gave this book five stars due to the content. It's well written but more importantly it sheds light on an important issue. This author gives voice to inner turmoil gay people in Nigeria go through as well as the underground life they have to lead for safety.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Tradclassique
    09/03/16
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    "Good book that left me wanting more."

    The narrator was excellent. The story at times left me wanting more, especially at the end. I felt the author should have developed the second lesbian relationship a bit more and given more insight into their reunion and lifestyle. The lack of this exploration left me with many questions and thoughts. The author addresses many important themes such as sexual identity, culture, tradition, religion and death to name a few. The author writes beautifully in full, rich detail.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Reesh
    Jersey
    25/06/16
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you listen to Under the Udala Trees again? Why?

    It was a well told story and left me engaged wanting the book to be longer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ijeoma because she reminds me of things I've dealt with and have been through personally.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first time listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment when ijeoma's husband found her wooden treasure box with all her letters to oondeedee


    Any additional comments?

    I am just disgusted at the laws in nigeria still to this day and think that I would never visit with those laws still in place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cody Munger
    Reno, NV
    08/11/16
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    "narrator makes this story shine"

    idjeoma is such a strong character but she's surrounded by people who are trying to bring her down with tradition and religion. the story was so frustrating as our heroine is helpless through much of the story. fortunately i finished the story with the help of the narrator. robin miles has a way of making the many accents and various languages in this book come alive. her reading, as well as superbly acted distinct voices between characters brought an additional layer of enjoyment to this story. she did such a good job that I'm going to seek out other books she's read aloud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kristen Cannon
    Homestead, FL, US
    16/09/16
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    "fantastic read all around"

    Great read, highly recommend. Gives a good perspective and understanding while being easy to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Orange park, FL, United States
    07/09/16
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    "beautifully narrated"

    in this colorful tale of a young igbo girl coming of age and learning who she is independently of family, religion, society I was taken on a wonderful journey. I was also able to experience a wide variety of emotions. ...the language is beautiful; learning some of the igbo words and having a peeping Tom's view into the culture was amazing. a pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sara Marler
    06/09/16
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    "Beautiful realistic fiction"

    I would recommend this book to get an understanding of modern Nigerian culture. The narrator has a beautiful melodic voice and her soothing sound made the difficult story easier to stomach. It is a story of love, war, parenting, friendship, religion and more. Worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/07/16
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    "Very interesting"

    I really enjoyed this book. It gave a perspective into a culture I was not familiar with. I must assumed that homosexuality was something more accepted than it actually is. The narrator kept me engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    18/07/16
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    "heartfelt story, one that will stick with you"

    loved the story, the pacing, the switch from present to past. the narrator was brilliant.

    highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GrandmaNurseHeather
    FAIRBANKS, AK, United States
    09/09/16
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    "Unexpected twist Disappointed"

    The voice was beautiful and learning about the conflict and recent history of that area was very interesting. I wasn't prepared, or interested in the first love/lesbian accounts. I appreciate the trials and struggles this young woman faced and others who are discriminated against quite cruellly in regards to same sex. As someone who is heterosexual and looking for a nice, informative novel to go to sleep listening to I found it too disturbing for my liking. I wold have appreciated it much more without the intimate scenes. It was too pornographic to my liking. Although it may have been the character versus the author, I believe it was the author, providing their antireligion views.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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