... Although I've read and enjoyed the entire Flashman series, it's been some time since I did and I've never listened to them in audio format so thought I'd give the first one a whirl. It's an abridged version but even so, the 5 CDs amount to approximately 4½ hours listening time which was more ... Read review
Entertaining, easy listening and a great way to learn some history
"...read and enjoyed the entire Flashman series, it's been some time since I did and I've never listened to them in audio format so thought I'd give the first one a whirl. It's an abridged version but even so, the 5 CDs amount to approximately 4½ hours listening time which was more than enough to get me from Berkshire to Lancashire. The version I borrowed from the library is published by Harper Collins and narrated by Rupert Penry Jones, star ..."
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This is the sweeping new novel from the author of "Purple Hibiscus", which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and winner of the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. "Half a Yellow Sun" is set in Nigeria in the 1960s, at the time of a vicious civil war in which a million people died, and thousands were massacred in cold blood. The three main characters in the novel get swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. One is a young boy from a poor village who is employed at a university lecturer's house. The other is a young middle-class woman, Olanna, who has to confront the reality of the massacre of her relatives. And the other is a white man, a writer who lives in Nigeria for no clear reason, and who falls in love with Olanna's sister, a remote and enigmatic character. As these people's lives intersect, they have to question their own responses to the unfolding political events. This extraordinary novel is about Africa in a wider sense: about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic and tribal allegiances, about class and race; and the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.