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Things Fall Apart (Unabridged)
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Format: Unabridged
Release Date: December 2009
Audio Length: 6.5 hours
Rating: 44 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (105355 ratings)
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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.

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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.

About the Author: Chinua Achebe

Though you may know Chinua Achebe from the popular audiobooks Things Fall Apart, A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe is actually one of the most renowned Fiction and Bios & Memoirs authors in our catalog. In total, we carry 7 audiobooks from Achebe on, with the latest Bios & Memoirs title being: There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra. The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays was added to our catalog in 2009, making it the author's oldest audiobook available on our website, while Things Fall Apart is the most popular and bestselling audiobook from Achebe. Enjoy over 47 hours of audiobook listening from Achebe, among the 7 audiobooks we have available. With such a wide variety of audiobooks, we know you're sure to enjoy Fiction books from Chinua Achebe. Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Nneobi, Nigeria. For more audiobooks and information on Chinua Achebe, please visit his page on Chinua Achebe audiobooks.

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