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Purple Hibiscus

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Lisette Lecat

11 Hours 0 Minutes

Recorded Books

March 2011

Audio Book Summary

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2003 O Henry Prize winner, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2004 Orange Prize. In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father's expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family. But a military coup brings new tension to Nigeria and her home, and Kambili wonders if her dreams will ever be fulfilled. Adichie's striking and poetic language reveals a land and a family full of strife, but fighting to survive. A rich narration by South African native Lisette Lecat perfectly complements this inspiring tale.

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  • Maureen L.

    I love this story. I thought the narrator was very good too.

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  • Christa B.

    A profound book! I have binge listened the book. A brilliant author which I will add to my list. I interpreted the “mouth noises” by the narrator as her interpretation of Kambile’s nervousness, shyness.

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  • Annie A.

    This book was beautiful and keenly observed. It is very difficult to listen to at times because of the intense scenes of domestic violence and abuse.I am very very glad i stuck with it. I will be thinking about it for a long time. I thought the narrator was great except for very annoying 'mouth noises" as another listener put it. A natural part of speaking but seriously the editing should have gotten rid of those noises. Yuck.

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  • Anonymous

    A very insightful and interesting read! Reading this for my English 102 class and it's one of my favorite books that I've had to read for school. The narration on the other hand could've been better had there not been as many mouth noises. Otherwise, very helpful as I am a slow reader.

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  • Elaine Neely

    A well written and insightful book. A window into a world that is foreign to me in so many ways.

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  • Hanifa Barnes

    Refreshing imagery that feels as though I was watching the story unfold.

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