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Purple Hibiscus

Lu par : Lisette Lecat
Durée : 10 h et 53 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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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.

©2003 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Commentaires

"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)
"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)

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  • Brisa A.
  • 14/03/2015

Could improve sound quality

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.

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  • Msafiri
  • 11/10/2011

Great Story

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.

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  • Bogdana Botez
  • 25/08/2015

A good book, a bit too dramatized

The narrator was awesome, not only reading but using various techniques like voice modulation, pause, tone changes to add more value to the story. The story was very much focused on the dramatic side of the family's experiences, but all in all this is part of life.

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  • Odochi
  • 01/08/2014

Great story, bad narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love all of Chimamanda's stories they are so wonderfully written and tell beautiful stories, but I hate the way she voices these books. I prefer Adjoa Andoh, she's always spectacular!

What didn’t you like about Lisette Lecat’s performance?

I could tell when she was taking breathes, her mouth made a noise like it was wet, and she didn't voice the characters very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I really can't finish this book right now. I'm going to read something else first because it's really annoying to listen too although I enjoy the story.

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  • Kgotso
  • 10/02/2015

A father demanding to win at all costs

Where does Purple Hibiscus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found it hard to get going in the first chapters, but the story eventually grabbed me and at some point brought me to tears. Unlike a father lacking creativity of influencing his children to do better, it was refreshing to see a woman headed home thriving in difficult conditions, whilst she filled her home with love, she made her children raise the bar not out of fear but because the knew they have it within them to rise above, she natured their varying talents and promoted self expression though with limited resources. A story of parallels of religion, hypocrisy and love, poverty and abundance, a brief history lesson on Nigeria's political culture.

What other book might you compare Purple Hibiscus to and why?

I think because i have also read There was a country by Chinua Achebe, which to a certain extent complements the historical references to Nsuka, i found myself relating to Purple Hibiscus especially around the government, school leaders and activists, in Nsuka, as well as the Igbo people.

What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There are great books i haven't finished because of poor performance, she may have made rare mistakes in places but she performed very well such that i could identify characters just based on her voice delivery.

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  • Brent Laymon
  • 23/12/2018

Distressing and Beautiful

Lissette LeCat is one of my favorite readers, and she does full justice to this early novel by Adichie about the terrorized family of a democratic activist and industrialist in Nigeria. LeCat is the reader of all the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" novels, and it's because of her narration that I love them all. "Purple Hibiscus" is a much sadder and alarming story, set during one of the many military coups that disrupted Nigeria's 20th century post-Colonial efforts to steer its own course. LeCat brings a measured, respectful narrative voice to stories that involve and belong to entirely African characters. I can't endure narrators who act out their characters as if they were on stage, so I appreciate this, as I appreciate many British narrators but very few American ones. The family's terror comes at the hands of the father, the pro-democracy activist, who is a fanatical Catholic convert subject to psychotic rages when his wife or children fail to follow his strict orders about how to behave, 24/7. As the family is pushed to the breaking point, the tension in Adichie's story draws you irresistibly on to the conclusion. LeCat is good at pronouncing Igbo names and common expressions.

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  • PiercePress
  • 09/05/2016

powerful story of love, sacrifice & family

After loving "Americanah" as our community read in Arlington, MA, I rushed to keep the feeling going with this earlier book by Adichie. What a cornucopia of emotion and human experience, adroitly crafted into a compelling tale you won't be able to put down.

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  • Akida Kissane Long
  • 13/02/2016

Worth it

I loved the book and the performance of it. I think the author is brilliant.

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  • Jennifer A. Kiernan
  • 26/06/2015

Amazing story!

This story transported me to west Africa. It is an incredible story about complicated family relationships, politics and religion. I love to the audio version particularly for the pronunciation of the Igbo words and phrases that are sprinkled throughout the book.

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  • Catherine
  • 09/01/2015

Fanatical Catholic father = troubling behavior

While I adore Adichie's prose and am fascinated by the glimpse into Nigerian culture, I found the character of the father so polarized in his public vs. private behavior and his horrific treatment of his family hard to believe and hard to take.
As to the recording, the narrator's breathing was often so clearly heard as to be distracting. I loved her performance and attribute this to poor production technique.

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  • Lois Kay Landsverk
  • 09/03/2018

Good story

This book was very hard to listen to, not because of story, but because of the reader. Too many long pauses between sentences and sounds of swallowing and other sounds were very irritating. It was so distracting that I had to force myself to listen to, what was otherewise, a great story till the end. The reader was good, but the sound engineer or director of this production should have done a better job - too bad!

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  • Marion F.
  • 16/01/2015

Sehr gute Geschichte

Würden Sie Purple Hibiscus noch mal anhören? Warum?

Nein, weil die Erzählstimme nicht authentisch ist; eine Südafrikanerin, die sich bemüht den IGBO Akzent, bzw nigerianisches Englisch zu imitieren. Das kurze Hineinhören in die Hörprobe hatte mich zwar schon irritiert, aber ich wollte das Buch unbedingt hören, da ich die AUtorin sehr mag.

Wie hat der Erzähler das Buch beeinflusst?

Nicht gut; wie oben schon erwähnt, fühlt man sich nicht in Nigeria, sondern im südlichen Afrika.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Im Nachhinein hätte ich dieses Buch besser gelesen; von der Autorin kenne ich schon andere Bücher, die ich gelesen habe und ihre Schreibweise gefällt mir sehr gut.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Leider war für mich die Vorleserin eine totale Fehlbesetzung, die für mich den Hörgenuss sehr reduziert hat; normalerweise hat Audible hier ein besseres Gefühl.

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  • BlaqSwan
  • 13/09/2019

Yet another great book

I enjoyed listening to this book.
Great narrator.
Loved the voice of her Auntie (Father's sister)..Totally loved the this character. Admire her strength in times of hardship and still manages to stay happy and raise happy children (Kambilis cousins). You can learn a thing or two from this woman character.

Interesting to listen to the view of how the English man brought Christianity to Nigeria. And how one could be a prisoner of a foreign religion to the extent of dishonoring his own father. Two religious people that lead different lives....and so much more...

Just buy this book and find out yourself...

I love all you books Chimamanda. Thank you!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 15/04/2015

Prima Vorleserin

I found this book because I was looking for another book that was read by Lisette Lecat. I LIKE her voice and intonation so I really wondered why another listener should give her a negative comment. This was an impressive story and in my opinion it was perfectly read by the reader. Who cares (or knows) if this accent was the rigth one for Nigerian people? So I feel the need to compliment not only the writer but also the reader.