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Things Fall Apart Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Things Fall Apart (Unabridged), by Chinua Achebe
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.86 (105,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chinua Achebe Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Originally published in 1958 and now acclaimed globally as a classic in African literature, Things Fall Apart tells the story of Okonkwo, the strong-willed and powerful leader of his village who goes to great and sometimes extreme lengths to keep from showing any weakness. When his selfish pride leads to tragedy he and his family are exiled from Umuofia, the village he has worked so hard all of his life to lead. Years later, when Okonkwo is finally allowed to return to his village he finds it has been changed in numerous ways by the invading white population which has forced its will upon his people. When Okonowo rebels it sets into motion a series of life-changing events for himself and his people. Will his pride save his village and restore its traditions or will it destroy Okonkwo?

Things Fall Apart was one of the first African novels written in English to gain critical praise worldwide. It is now one of the most popular works of fiction in school libraries throughout Africa and is considered by many English-speaking readers all around the world to be a treasured classic. And now you can find out why in this wonderful unabridged audiobook adaptation.

With over eight million copies in print world wide, Achebe's work is a definitive novel in African literature. Filled with powerful language and finely drawn characters, Things Fall Apart also shimmers with the sounds and sights of village life.

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives, and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

Things Fall Apart traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue.

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Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Galen Burghardt | 2/15/2014

    " It's a very interesting story. Very successful in getting you into the perspective of very foreign characters. The narrative itself, kind of meh. I guess it all holds together, but very little of it feeds into the main plot. A lot of "this happened THEN this happened THEN this happened". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sally | 2/15/2014

    " Heartbreaking and exquisitely poetic. I loved the simple rhythmic pace of the language which functions to create dramatic tension between the narrator's voice, and the complex inner life of the characters. An interesting supplement to this book is Achebe's essay on The African Writer and the English Language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Lex Hogan | 2/8/2014

    " Didn't like this the first time I read it. I thought the simple writing style sounded a bit uneducated. But on a second pass I really appreciated how beautiful the writing actually was. The story itself is highly intense, emotional, with some very grave and serious events. But the description is extremely detached, as though the writer is only reinforcing the helplessness of the people's position. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Chad | 1/30/2014

    " I learned about the impact of colonialism from the perspective of the people who were directly affected by it "

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About the Narrator

Peter Francis James is an accomplished actor on both the stage and the screen. His theater credits include roles in On Golden Pond, Much Ado about Nothing, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. His many film and television credits include Jahfree Neema in Oz, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Joe Gould’s Secret, The Guiding Light, Law & Order: SVU, and Third Watch.