Summary

Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive and one of the most powerful men of his clan. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man's dangerous pride eventually destroy him?
©1959 Chinua Achebe (P)1997 Recorded Books LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Luke Beckett on 23-07-16

Not my first choice for narrator

Great story, beautifully told and vividly described.
I'd just have preferred a narrator able to give a more authentic sounding voice to the characters... The audiobook of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche was a great example of a story about Nigerian people, with tastefully done, real sounding characters. Not this grave sounding American accent for the main man in the story...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 15-02-13

African classic

Excellent decades-old book offering insights into colonial penetration of Africa and how Christianity took hold. Insights also into local cultures, social mores and how communities were organised and structured to maintain a degree of peace and harmony and how traditional and modern worlds collided. An enjoyable and interesting African classic!



Despite being well read, a Nigerian narrator would have added value to the recording.

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5 out of 5 stars
By African Queen on 26-02-14

Wrong narrator for this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Things Fall Apart to be better than the print version?

No, definitely not this audio edition. The African American narrator was good but his intonation was off. He could not provide the right atmosphere and as a result detracted from the entire story line. I am Nigerian and would have preferred a Nigerian or African author who could put the "soul" into the story. I could not get past the first chapter and I am totally disappointed. Please understand it is not the accent but the intonation that's key.

I read this book years ago and was mesmerized. Now I have to purchase the print version to regain that feeling.

What did you like best about this story?

I have been unable to complete the first chapter of the audio book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His intonation was a definite mismatch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not get that far.

Any additional comments?

Please re-record this book with an appropriate author

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Reich on 14-08-11

Took a While But...

I had a very hard time getting into this book but once it caught, about 1/3 through, I was hooked. It is very simplistic writing which through me at first. But the style grew on me and the sheer conservation of words pierced me with the truths that come through every sentence.

Yes, I highly, highly recommend this book.

Chris Reich

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