Purple Hibiscus

  • by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by Lisette Lecat
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


What the Critics Say

"One of the best novels to come out of Africa in years." ( The Baltimore Sun)
“Prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes. . . . Adichie's understanding of a young girl's heart is so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as Eudora Welty's Mississippi.” ( The Boston Globe)
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state." (J. M. Coetzee)


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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?

Her tone

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- sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books