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When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness. To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children, and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be.

She only wants to escape to a quiet life, but the others disapprove of the newest, youngest, cleverest addition to the family. Treated with respect by her husband, she is viewed with suspicion by her seniors - who fear she may unlock their well-guarded secret.

Through the voices of Baba Segi and his four wives, Lola Shoneyin weaves a vibrant story of love, secrets and a family like every other - happy and unhappy, truthful and not, sometimes kind, sometimes competitive, always bound by blood and the past.

©2013 Lola Shoneyin (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Awesome

This is an awesome book! Thank God the author decided to perform the audiobook herself..... So we didn't have to put up with ghastly and distracting mispronunciations by well meaning performers.

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Fantastic twisted tale

A tantalising narration of a twisted tale on polygamy. Loved how each character was allowed to explain their story from their perspective. Initially disliked some characters but that changes when they explained led them to become entangled with Baba Segi, some empathy could be spared for them. Thank you Lola great read ❤️❤️

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Loved it!

Very interesting. Love that it is narrated by the writer. Unexpected turns that left me eager to know more.

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incredible

this is one of the best books I've ever read in my life. I will share this book with all my friends

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Exceptional

Loved it! It was so easy to finish and easy to follow. I particularly liked the of background stories of the 4 wives.

Each had their reason to be with Baba Segi one was to follow the money, the other for shelter after both of her parents died, one to hid a secret, another to have a lavish life. Very very well plotted.

I had moments when I disliked Baba Segi, laughed at and sympathised with him. Although I cannot stand the way he would regard women as a collection of pokemon cards (you've got to catch em all), I still see the way he would admire each wife for their unique qualities. In truth we all know that old school man like him exhist and faking that such types don't exhist would be a lie.

The author and narrator was incredible she captured and the voiced the characters so well. I look foreard for more from her❤️❤️👌👌

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Sensational

A well written book, the author has woven the story of several characters so well that it works leaving each to shine in their own way with it being too distracting.

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Enjoyable

Difficult to get into in tge beginning. Difficult to stop once I got into the story.

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This book is everything!!

I absolutely loved every second of this book! Such a good storyline and character development!

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Excellent

Fantastic story. Brilliantly brought to life by the author. I felt like I knew each character and I miss them all already. This is the best book I have listened to on Audible so far!

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Could not stop listening

An amazing story. Full of emotion beautifully told and read. Was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • 11-03-21

As good as I expected

It is as good as I expected... A fun and educational story.
A must read (at some stage)
Believable and human.