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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The story is fantastic. The narrator made me want to claw my ears off

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.
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- Amber M


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.
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Book Details

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