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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chinua Achebe Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The African Trilogy 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.

A tragic confrontation of tribal life and colonial rule, in perhaps the best-known novel in African literature. A warrior's fearless exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of his society. "Full of melodic richness, James projects Download and start listening now!


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  • “As old as the novel is, Things Fall Apart by Professor Chinua Achebe is one book that has captured the heart of most intellects and readers across the world. It is probably one of the books that will live forever going by the calibers of people in the world that testify to its originality…Achebe’s wise and subtle storytelling cuts to the heart of these tribal people with humanity, warmth, and humor.”

    Daily Independent (Nigeria)

  • “Peter Frances James offers a superb narration of Nigerian novelist Achebe’s deceptively simple 1959 masterpiece.”

    Library Journal

  • Things Fall Apart packs a powerful punch as Achebe holds up the ruin of one proud man to stand for the destruction of an entire culture.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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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