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The Thing Around Your Neck

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

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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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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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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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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Amazing!!

Loved this book so much! Wish it was longer. Enjoyed each and every single story that was narrated.

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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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good storytelling

just what I expected from Adichie - good storytelling that makes you uncomfortable in some places but the characters are strong enough to find their own footing.

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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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A wonderful collection of stories.

This was a powerful 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, especially with narration by Adjoa Andoh, one of my favourite narrators.

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Very informative

Part of the book reminds me of chinua Achebe’s “ Things fall Apart” . A very charming book though unlike the writers other books this one is very much with different stories of many characters of whose story were not completed . However the author’s creativity is very encompassing and innovative

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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.