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Author: Chinua Achebe Narrator: Prentice Onayemi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 31, 2035 ISBN: 9780525496588
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A classic story of moral struggle in an age of turbulent social change and the final book in Chinua Achebe’s The African Trilogy

When Obi Okonkwo, grandson of Okonkwo, the main character in Things Fall Apart returns to Nigeria from England in the 1950s, his foreign education separates him from his African roots. No Longer at Ease, the third and concluding novel in Chinua Achebe’s The African Trilogy, depicts the uncertainties that beset the nation of Nigeria, as independence from colonial rule loomed near. In Obi Okonkwo’s experiences, the ambiguities, pitfalls, and temptations of a rapidly evolving society are revealed. He is part of a ruling Nigerian elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. His fate, however, overtakes him as he finds himself trapped between the expectation of his family, his village—both representations of the traditional world of his ancestors—and the colonial world.  A story of a man lost in cultural limbo, and a nation entering a new age of disillusionment, No Longer at Ease is a powerful metaphor for his generation of young Nigerians. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esteban | 2/4/2014

    " Sequel the Things Fall Apart. Maybe even more so than TFA, Achebe weaves a wonderful tale of the cultural / religious transition of colonial people under the imperialist yoke. Fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theophilus | 1/31/2014

    " An extremely interesting, and applicable to most developing nations, story of a young man who leaves his village for a large city to find work and excitement. He finds stress, deceit, and HIV. Nuff said. Read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/22/2014

    " One of the less well known works of the great Chinua Achebe, which should be as well known as "Things Fall Apart" or "Anthills of the Savannah". It is a brilliantly told story of how a young man falls into the ways of corruption, despite his determination not to do so. This is a book that should be savoured, and should have a far wider readership. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this very much, and I will enjoy it again. There is a moment when we see the freshly whitewashed floors of the protagonist's rural home, and this is the moment I would most like to teach from this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler | 1/9/2014

    " Halfway through, and I don't know yet if I like this book. It's interesting but the language feels a little jilted. Still, a good window into the real Africa. The conflict of Christianity versus the traditional religious values is by far the most interesting part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charmaine | 1/6/2014

    " This book improves upon reflection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ugo | 12/8/2013

    " Wonderful, but not as powerful as 'Things Fall Apart.' "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jared | 12/2/2013

    " Anything but enjoyable. I read it because written by Nigerian author but I found the description on the back to be more interesting than the actual story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 10/18/2013

    " Had to read it for a class - didn't really like it. Lots of people enjoy Chinua Achebe though, so you might. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geetha | 3/13/2013

    " I read this book long time back...This books talks about how Christianity has got infiltrated into a new culture and how they could manage to make a place...I need to read this again and his other books more.. Thankyou Anna and Micheal san for introducing this author... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alisse | 11/23/2012

    " I read this a long time ago, so I don't remember the details, but I do remember throwing the book across the room when I finished it because I hated the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/12/2012

    " Though short, No Longer at Ease and Obi Okonkwo's trial is grim and exhausting much like the predecessor's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amal | 4/18/2012

    " Chinua Achebe can do no wrong in my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/7/2012

    " Chinua Achebe does it again :) wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rouaa | 2/3/2012

    " sad story with a lot of lessons "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 10/6/2011

    " I have the same complaints about this story as I did about the first one. Choppy writing style was the main detractor. However, the explanations about African culture were a little bit better in this book, so that helped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Radha | 6/3/2011

    " one succumbs to corruption; generational struggle; indigenous customs etc "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 5/28/2011

    " I have the same complaints about this story as I did about the first one. Choppy writing style was the main detractor. However, the explanations about African culture were a little bit better in this book, so that helped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siobhan | 5/25/2011

    " Nice read, very sad story, you feeling very deflated after reading it as no good comes through no matter how hard the story tries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/5/2011

    " No rival for Things Fall Apart, but very good nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/3/2011

    " Excellent for anyone interested in international education, African history or higher education anywhere in the world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/3/2011

    " Reader response theory yada yada: this book evoked plenty of disgust

    That said, it was still a fine read. At least something makes me feel something, you know? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Obote | 8/13/2010

    " After reading the book i was at ease! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 8/12/2010

    " I enjoyed this very much, and I will enjoy it again. There is a moment when we see the freshly whitewashed floors of the protagonist's rural home, and this is the moment I would most like to teach from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theophilus | 8/6/2010

    " An extremely interesting, and applicable to most developing nations, story of a young man who leaves his village for a large city to find work and excitement. He finds stress, deceit, and HIV. Nuff said. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 7/8/2010

    " good overview and story, language not so good? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 6/19/2010

    " Great little book, sequel to Things Fall Apart. A snapshot of the African struggle to overcome the colonial legacy. Well written, filled with life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Favor | 5/29/2010

    " Reading makes you smarter and richer!!! "

About the Author

Author Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was a prominent Nigerian writer who is famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. His satire and keen ear for spoken language made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers in English. He published novels, essay collections, poetry, short stories, and juvenile fiction. Among his works are Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Arrow of God, and the notable collections Morning Yet on Creation Day and Hopes and Impediments. A recipient of the Man Booker International Prize, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

About the Narrator

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.