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3.00093984962406 out of 53.00093984962406 out of 53.00093984962406 out of 53.00093984962406 out of 53.00093984962406 out of 5 3.00 (1,064 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chinua Achebe Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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Chief the Honourable M A Nanga, MP, left his job as a teacher to become a politician. As Minister for Culture, he is a man of the people. At first, the contrast between Nanga and Odili, a former pupil who is visiting the Ministry, appears huge. But Odili's idealism soon collides with his lusts, and the two men's personal and political taunting threaten to send their country spinning into chaos.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Dy | 2/18/2014

    " My introduction to Chinua Achebe's work was through "Things Fall Apart", and I loved it. I find that Achebe took on a different character and writing style for "A Man of the People". He definitely has a talent for satirical writing, but I miss the more poetic, dramatic style he used in "Things Fall Apart". That being said, I still think this is a good book and is worth a read for those of you who enjoy Achebe's work or like reading about Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Casey | 2/17/2014

    " An important novel. Read it as part of my African Canon literature module. Funny, challenging, and laced with foreboding, made all the more enriching by the fantastic first-person narrator that is Odili. Definitely worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Clarkin | 2/10/2014

    " profound . . . Chinua has always impressed me - - - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melissa/missy | 2/4/2014

    " Although I found it slow-to-get-going, in the end this book amazed me for (among other things) its narrator: its complex, almost-reliable, subtle, believable narrator. Achebe makes him sometimes self-aware and sometimes not, which is an impressive feat for a novelist to manage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Murasaki | 2/3/2014

    " A required reading it is. Admittedly, it was no fun to read but Achebe has definitely made his point. An account of the subsequent corruption of the ruling class and the government officials after the withdrawal of the colonial power in South Africa and people's acceptance of this corruption to simply go with the flow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Koehler | 1/29/2014

    " This is my favorite of the Achebe books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Afnan | 1/21/2014

    " What is amazing about Achebe is how simple and deep is his language. The novel addresses the theme of corruption in the post-colonial era and the tyrannic leaders or (the puppets of the colonial authority). LOved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Odg | 1/16/2014

    " AMOP was one of our high school set books. It was pitched to us as a fictional, satirical take on African politics but as we got through it, it uncomfortably started looking like an accurate portrayal of reality. Definitely worth a read if only for the humour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rogier | 1/16/2014

    " the storyline was okay but not that different from other african books w/ corruption. and i felt nothing for the character. i finished it because i will be having a test on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owaahh | 1/13/2014

    " The opening line is a classic, unforgettable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatuu | 1/13/2014

    " Ladies and gentlemen...a reread coming up with a truer review! I have given it 3 stars because I read it in school and the fact that I read it against my will. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/9/2014

    " There is really no one that writes stories like Achebe. I find some of it hard to read and understand - but in that way he reminds me of Faulkner. (for me that is high praise) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 11/15/2013

    " I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was required reading for my Non-Western Civilization class and I found myself falling in love with Achebe's writing style. For a book I probably never would have picked up on my own, this was a surprisingly good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Tabak | 10/31/2013

    " I thought this was fantastic. A poignant story. I think it's a good first or second exposure to African literature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/29/2013

    " Rest in Peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 9/14/2013

    " A critical look at the culture of "Big Men" in postcolonial Africa. A classic that is interesting to look at alongside Ayi Kwei Armah's _The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born_. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ikram berkani | 12/14/2012

    " verry good novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 8/30/2012

    " Good, but not as good as Things Fall Apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Achieng Onguru | 8/3/2012

    " Intuitive, smart and very on point with the imagery. Great story that many people in Africa can relate to especially when it comes to their governments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rushay Booysen | 7/4/2012

    " I love this novel.The writing seems so personal.I dont want to write a review just get a copy and delf into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 V.E. | 6/16/2012

    " This book was quirky and charming and it really shows how well Achebe writes. The pidgin was nicely done but the ending felt a little anti-climatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ng'ethe Maina | 4/15/2012

    " A lovely book indeed. Nice depiction on how people view politics as simple game. Every second spent in reading this book was well spent. I even learnt something new from psychology. :) Who would have imagined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mogomotsi Molekwa | 12/21/2011

    " very good read, classic Chinua Achebe "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Obote O.clause | 8/23/2011

    " It earned me a fantastic grade in literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 8/17/2011

    " A friend described this book to me as being the best way to explain why Africa is the way it is... As well as being a very good read, the complexities of African politics are clear here, the tensions of post colonialism, the ambition and criticism of government, and the corruption. Very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 7/31/2011

    " This book was written in the 1960's. However, the events could take place today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanjiru Koinange | 5/28/2011

    " I think we all have an Odili in our lives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Brink Knezevich | 5/16/2011

    " Very good commentary on post-colonial African politics. Funny if you understand the joke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/20/2011

    " Very good commentary on post-colonial African politics. Funny if you understand the joke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/17/2011

    " A critical look at the culture of "Big Men" in postcolonial Africa. A classic that is interesting to look at alongside Ayi Kwei Armah's _The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born_. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 10/18/2010

    " Good, but not as good as Things Fall Apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Obote | 8/13/2010

    " It earned me a fantastic grade in literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 5/23/2010

    " I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was required reading for my Non-Western Civilization class and I found myself falling in love with Achebe's writing style. For a book I probably never would have picked up on my own, this was a surprisingly good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/20/2010

    " This is my favorite of the Achebe books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/7/2009

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Am amazed by Achebe's ability to make seemingly simple language so profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/23/2009

    " In defense of so much re-reading, I'd say that when you read a book at different times in your life you read it so differently that the book itself is altered. So it's like reading it for the first time.

    Anyone interested in the uses of power should read this book.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 9/24/2008

    " This book was written in the 1960's. However, the events could take place today. "

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