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From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Orange Prize-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, come 12 dazzling stories in which she turns her penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prodigious storytelling powers.
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Gripping short stories but terrible performance

Audible keeps using this same actress for most books written by an African author/African settings but it's terrible because the accent doesn't work for every book. It's very one-note and monotonous and frankly jarring to hear. West Africans do not sound like South Africans. Almost put me off the book. I gave the performance a two-star rating because sometimes it was bearable and didn't affect the story.

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A wonderful collection of stories.

This was a poweful collection of short stories with the general theme of Nigeria and Nigerians.
The stories include interaction between Africans and Whites, integrating with other cultures, Nigerian history, the problems women face under the rule of men and other cultural aspects that make the lives of Africans so different from inhabitants of much of the West.

Having loved Purple Hibiscus but ground to a halt in the middle of Half of a Yellow Sun, I was thrilled to have the chance to read another of Adichie's books. It did not disappoint.
I particularly liked the female slant on the tales and the strong female characters. All in all a very satisfying read and definitely recommended.

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Great book, horrible narrator

It is just grating to the ears how horrid this narrator's "Nigerian Accent" sounds. Such a great work of injustice has been done such a horrid injustice by a company that did not have the common sense to hire a Nigerian to read Nigerian stories or at least a voice actor with semi-decent voice skills.

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Another great offering

Thought provoking and emotional yet comforting; like listening to words of an an all seeing elder.

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Worth reading or listening

There are a couple of gems in there however not as good as Americanah or half of a Yellow sun. Some themes repeated from these previous books too. It is still however an enjoyable book.

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Just relaxing

I am just so glad I discovered African (Nigerian) writers. These stories are what I have longed for a long time. Thank you chimamanda.

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  • 09-02-11

12 Powerful Stories

Chimamanda uses her excellent writing to deliver 12 powerful stories in a way that touches the heart so deeply that I was close to tears a few times.

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Evocative short stories

Very enjoyable, well written pen pictures of diverse aspects of middle class Nigerian lives. These are female centric tales, and often with an element of tragic mis understandings across classes, generations, across cultures and genders.

The male characters are noticeably less well drafted, and often a bit of a cliche, though most clichés contain some element of truth. What stands out is the female longing to connect, often cast into a world that isn't interested.

The shift in values between an often stifling Nigerian culture and a freer but more sterile American culture is a recurrent theme.

I liked the narrator, and cannot really comment on her accent and pronunciation, but the rhythm, expression and pathos that she conveyed suited the text well.

I was sufficiently inspired to get more by the same author and narrator.

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An acute and ruthless observer of character

This is the best of this author that I’ve read (and listened). These short stories are original and incisive, written in a focussed and distilled style and reflect the author’s Nigerian roots, of family and rich culture but also the loves, foibles and aspirations of her lead characters; viewed through the experiences of women. She is an acute observer, and can be pretty ruthless. Both Nigerians and Americans wind up at the sharp end of her pen, but others too, particularly in her description of the writers group.
The narrator is excellent, w great voice and versatility.

Short stories can run into one another listening consecutively, so
I tried to delay and separate them; and I missed being able to see and individualise each title, rather than chapter numbers. I wonder what Audible can do about this ?

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I have enjoyed every single one of these stories.

The narrator brought this book to life. I don't think anyone else would have done a better job.

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  • ciku
  • 31-01-20

A beautiful african read

Well narrated, brings us back to learning and hearing about Africa, Nigeria, the West, was quite a delight

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  • Daniela
  • 23-07-14

Great stories from a country we hardly know

"Africa" for us western readers is a great unknown, with few exceptions. Chimamanda's powerful voice can be a great introduction to a whole world. Between a mythical, at times painful, past and a complex, nuanced present her characters - especially the courageous proud women, struggle to conquer happiness, self-esteem and respect.