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by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Author), Adjoa Andoh (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 17 hours and 28 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 April 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CB92U7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
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Longlisted - Baileys Women's Prize 2014

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

©2013 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life, Love and Hair 13 Jun 2013
By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Americanah is the story of Ifemelu, her early life in Nigeria, her time as an expat working in America, and her return to her home country. It is the story of her family, friends, and lovers. It is an account of the expatriate African experience in America and the UK, and of the expatriate returning to Nigeria. It is the story of Ifem's hair as it changes to match her self perception. Above all it is a love story about Ifemelu and Obinze, "the Zed".

Adichie is the most glorious author, writing in a style which is absolutely bursting with vitality. Right from the very first page her brilliance with language is in evidence as she describes shops as being "delicately over-priced". In those two words she manages to convey everything about the establishments in question. When I read Half a Yellow Sun I was struck by her ability to convey restrained passion, and it is evident again here. There is a conversation between Ifem amd Obinze in the latter part of the book where they are talking about everything except their passionate mutual attraction, but which is nevertheless crackling away beneath the surface.

Through the book Ifemelu's self perception, love life and hairstyle follow aligned, intertwining pathways as she goes from her own country, to arriviste, to aspirational American with straight hair and white boyfriend, to academic with right-on African American partner and afro hair, and back to Nigera, its men and her cornrows.

This is not a primarily plot driven novel. There is a definite central story which holds everything together, but Adichie takes her time in telling it, giving her the space to explore her themes and develop her characters.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Achebe Hello Adichie 19 April 2013
By i7
Format:Paperback
Chinua Achebe died this year and the media went on and on about the "father of African literature" in that labelling way with which the media marks events. You may also have noticed that as the great man passed on there was no great debate about who would take over from the man who gave us Things Fall Apart because - in a very short space of time - Nobel Laureates for Literature have included the African observers Lessing, Gordimer, Soyinka, Coetzee and Mahfouz with many more unsung but established African writers waiting in the wings not for awards, but for you to discover them as Africans have for decades.

"Americanah" marks an important milestone for novels about Africa. Nothing that can be said about this rollicking ballsy brilliant read could match the emotional punches Adichie threw in the direction of my African heart. We went from secondary school in Nigeria to the maze of cities and continents where Nigerians reached in their escape from "choicelessness" and back again to Lagos with the kind of brash confidence only an African pen could yield when talking about African lives. And then she takes a surgical scalpel to the issues of race and identity; to the giddiness of the election of America's first black President to life as a black person in foreign lands - in conversations and scenes we all know and have argued about and she airs them at last.

Yes Adichie is younger than the old and the dead and her take on the African diaspora of the 21st century is the most authentic you will encounter, and if your heart beats, you will love these characters and fall in love with a love story like no other. I finished it and found myself clapping over the strength of her words and the reach of her vision.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Having loved Adiche's first two novels, I approached this one with some nervousness, afraid it might not live up to the same standard. It is a novel concerned primarily with race - the main character even writes a blog about race in America, posts from which are included within the book. Whilst the topic of the experience of immigrants in Europe and USA is an interesting and relevant one, with plenty of scope for good storytelling, it is also a very familiar one. I feel like I have read countless novels, both good and indifferent, on this topic in the last ten years. I was baffled by a quote on the back cover saying Adiche had brought us into the 'previously unexplored', as that was exactly the opposite to my reaction when I discovered her new novel was on this subject. I rather felt that she had veered away from the unexplored and chosen to tread familiar ground.

That said, it is a well written novel with mostly likeable characters. It is often funny and insightful, and always enjoyable to read. Adiche has a gift for writing characters you can truly like and sympathise with, and this means her stories have additional resonance. I just wish there was a bit more to this story than all the in depth discussions of what it means to be black or not black in America. My favourite sections are those set in Nigeria in the earlier part of the book. You get to know the characters and the insight into their way of life is interesting. After that, it becomes more disjointed. The relatively long time period covered and the geographical scope don't help with this. Characters you come to like disappear from the page without being given a due send off. Some very significant events seem to happen and then be forgotten without any enough explanation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good BUT
Four stars because the writing is flawless and unassailable. Mrs Adichie can summon a phrase, like poetry. Sylvia Plath. Close to perfection. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opening
Beautifully written and heartfelt story of young love, growing up and an increasing awareness of adult responsibilities. Read more
Published 1 day ago by kitgrahame
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is the third book of hers that i have read in a row… Chimamanda sure knows how to write!
Published 2 days ago by charlotta olsson
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Story Telling
As an African living in the Western World I could identify with the characters in the book.

Very good read
Published 4 days ago by CEO
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrogant, weak characters ruin this book
I have all her books. I have followed her career. Listened to talks. I am a fan. I was therefore expecting the world with this long awaited book (I waited for paperback). Read more
Published 4 days ago by Miss M. Fapojuwo
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly good book
This is my stand out read of the year and last year too, come to think of it. A cast of fascinating characters and situations, every aspect thought provoking, and for me,... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cissy
4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening view of life in America and Nigeria
Not what I expected from this book. At times I felt like I was a student in a class on race and racism. This felt like a real account of love over decades and continents. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep insight
Chimamanda's deep insight and humanity underpins the richness of this great novel. I finished this book with reluctance and knowing so much more about myself and what it is to be... Read more
Published 8 days ago by mary white
5.0 out of 5 stars African Contemporary Writing at its best!
This will be amongst one of my summer reads this year...for the second time! Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by MrsTee
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Very well written. Easy to read and fast in stories and dialogs. If you like previous books of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie you will def need to read this one. Def recomand
Published 9 days ago by alexp
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