Purple Hibiscus

Narrated by:
Lisette Lecat

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2011
11 hours 0 minutes
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.
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Choice of narrator was... odd. Felt strange having a quite posh sounding woman voice Nigerian Igbo-speaking characters

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Kimberly Cooney

More of a character study than a traditional novel, which made the first third particularly hard to get through as the protagonist was very meek and beaten down. Definitely got better as things went on. The ending did feel rushed to me and I would like to have known more about the woman Kambili became after the life altering events that occurred to her family--trying not to spoil anything.

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Takor N.

I love Chimamanda’s! This book again took me home, explored a culture and systems similar to my own. It read my thoughts and aired my struggles. Representation does matter and I felt seen in this story. I would have chosen an African or Nigerian author because the pronounciations were terrible for me. I’ve grown up around Nigerians, igbos in particular and the pronounciations were painful to listen to. Representation matters I would prefer hearing this from and African and those who aren’t African received a disservice with the names and language spoken with a British accent. They don’t know what it was supposed to sound like and now they never will.

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Rima R.

A great book, I’m glad I picked it up. The narrator is also brilliant I loved that she kept the Nigerian accent. I recommend listening to it. Sincere respect to the author.

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Maureen L.

I love this story. I thought the narrator was very good too.

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Emma E.

Great read but what made yall think it was appropriate to let some random SA woman narrate this?? Do you think all African nations are the same? She butchered so many igbo pronunciations and Nigerian English intonations. A book that should’ve sounded like home (well written, exemplifying igbo culture) sounded so foreign. HOW DARE YOU

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I really enjoyed the gentle telling of a hard tale. The narrative was picturesque and I could submerse myself in the ambiance.

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Melissa C.

I really enjoyed the book and thought the narrator did a great job with the different voices.

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Anna S.

Amazing book/author. Narrator entirely, almost shockingly unsuitable (it was a shock for me when I heard the White clipped tones as the book began) but having said that, she does do it brilliantly.

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The ending left me a little disappointed but it’s a good story all the same.

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It moved slowly. But I found the story interesting if not fulfilling at the end.

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Janeta P.

Well written A bit long

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Janna D.

Absolutely thrilling story, heartworm and heartbreaking at the same time, so much more learn about Africa and Nigeria 8n preticular.

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Christa B.

A profound book! I have binge listened the book. A brilliant author which I will add to my list. I interpreted the “mouth noises” by the narrator as her interpretation of Kambile’s nervousness, shyness.

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Annie A.

This book was beautiful and keenly observed. It is very difficult to listen to at times because of the intense scenes of domestic violence and abuse.I am very very glad i stuck with it. I will be thinking about it for a long time. I thought the narrator was great except for very annoying 'mouth noises" as another listener put it. A natural part of speaking but seriously the editing should have gotten rid of those noises. Yuck.

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A very insightful and interesting read! Reading this for my English 102 class and it's one of my favorite books that I've had to read for school. The narration on the other hand could've been better had there not been as many mouth noises. Otherwise, very helpful as I am a slow reader.

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Elaine Neely

A well written and insightful book. A window into a world that is foreign to me in so many ways.

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Hanifa Barnes

Refreshing imagery that feels as though I was watching the story unfold.

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