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Half of a Yellow Sun Audiobook

Half of a Yellow Sun

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Baileys Prize Best of the Best

Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece.

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

©2016 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Vividly written, thrumming with life...a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River." (Joyce Carol Oates)

"Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers." (Chinua Achebe)

"[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, The Siege." (The Guardian)

"Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic." (Daily Mail)

"Stunning. This novel is an immense achievement." (The Observer)

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    I remember the terrible pictures of Biafran babies, I had a friend who was a Nigerian Ibo, she had been raised in the UK and I never knew the complexity of the story of those times. A magnificent book heartbreaking and extraordinary in the evil and goodness threaded through societies the world .
    I will need to hear it again and again. Brilliantly read.

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    such a moving story. I didn't know the story of Biafra before and almost wish I didnt now. beautifully written and reaf

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    Loved it, such an incredible listen. Would recommend and have been recommending this book to everyone.

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    "wonderful telling of the end of formal colonialism"

    loved this story. learnt a huge amount about a war i didn't know anything about.

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    Wonderful book. Wonderful narration. Thought provoking and disturbing and awesome. Calling it a must would be an understatement.

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    "what a beautiful sad enthralling tale!"

    what a beautiful sad enthralling tale! I loved this book. it took me a long time to finally buy it- I'd had I was good, but I'm scared of sad stories. Now I'm glad I finally got around to read it. Excellent story telling Ms Adichie!

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