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What made the experience of listening to Purple Hibiscus the most enjoyable?
A horrible story made possible to continue with because of the beautiful prose. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is remarkable. Lisette Lecat read this beautifully
What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?
Where does Purple Hibiscus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I liked Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun much better, but this book, once you get into it, is really good.
What did you like best about this story?
I love the fact that Igboland plays a prominent role in Adichie's stories. I'm from Tanzania, but Adichie makes me feel like I now know Nsukka and Enugu, though I've never been. It's refreshing to hear names and places that are historically accurate, and not generic. The story does an excellent job of telling a story, the foundations of which could be found in any culture, and making it a distinctly African story. Great job!
Did Lisette Lecat do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
There were definitely times when her South African accent came through or when her pronunciation of certain Igbo words were a bit off, but it won't be noticeable to most listeners.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to it on a cross-country road trip, so, yes.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
The book is very impressive, I could not stop listening until I finished. Still out of words... The only thing I did not like was sound quality. The narrator was good, great dramatic reading, but in the recording we can often hear her swallow (which can be annoying), as well as people coughing on the background.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Adichie is a fantastic writer and is the only reason why I finished this audiobook. The narrator seemed to struggle with pronunciation. The mic picked up every background noise and the narrator seemed to have a lot of saliva? It might not bother others but if you have a sensitivity to mouth noises etc seriously don't listen to this audiobook it was maddening.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A story about violence told with delicate strokes- a daughter caught in between her devotion for her father, a pious man 'who thinks he is God', and her desire to enjoy life. The pace of the narration is a little slow compared to other audio books but it suits this novel well. A very pleasant listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful