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Stay with Me

A Novel
Written by: Ayobami Adebayo
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, short-listed for the prestigious Bailey's Prize and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage - and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does - but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.

An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay with Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

©2017 Ayobami Adebayo (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride." (The Guardian)

"Adebayo describes parenthood and love with heartbreaking prose. She deftly reveals secrets and the decisions that set life-altering events in motion. The story's fast pace brings surprising twists to Akin, Yejide, and their families' lives." (Booklist)

"Adjoa Andoh delivers a strong portrayal of this audiobook's main characters.... She virtually becomes the elder mothers and other family members who impact the couple's relationship.... This is a powerful novel that unfolds through Andoh's superb characterizations of the protagonists." (AudioFile)

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Excellent book!

I absolutely loved this story! It is the story of a life so very different from anything I know. Full of twists and turns as well as love and heart break. The narrator was also amazing. Thank you for sharing this story with the world!

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  • M. Ryder
  • 2017-08-28

Unbelievably Powerful!!!

What a story and narration! I seldom rate audiobooks with more than 4 stars, but when it came to this, I had to give it a perfect score. The story hit me hard, and wouldn't let go. It was heartbreaking, yet at times, thankfully, a bit lighter to handle. It was really sad to see the extent to which this couple went to conceive children, and the effects it had on their marriage. As for the narration, all I can say is bravo! Her performance was flawless!!! She absolutely brought the story to life. To be honest, I don't think it would've made such an impression on me, had I just read the book. Without a doubt, the narrator put her heart and soul into the performance. I cannot say enough about the audiobook, other than to purchase it!😊👍🏼

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  • Adetoun Kolapo
  • 2018-01-29

Do better

I have returned this book and ordered the physical copy, I picked it up because of promising reviews from friends who have similar book tastes. After an hour of listening, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. If you are not Nigerian then you will probably have no qualms with the narration, but as someone that grew up in the culture this story is based on, the narration was like nails on a chalkboard. The narrator sounded like an American imitating a Nigerian accent, from the names of the characters to the inflections of the saying, everything was horribly wrong. I am an avid audiobook listener, I’ve listened to a plethora of books, many of them international that have narrators that came from the culture or was very well versed in it (see: the power of one, the tea girl of hummingbird land, American dervish). Would it have been so difficult to get a Nigerian narrator to do this book justice? Do better random house audio.

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  • Susan
  • 2017-10-22

Read this if you like being depressed

I found this book hard to stomach, although it taught me some things about Nigerian culture. It does a good job showing how flawed humans can be and how we deceive both ourselves and others. But it is incredibly depressing. Also, it’s very strange that when the characters are telling their story to the reader, they speak with a British accent, but when they’re talking to each other, they use dialect. There are some surprises in the plot that kept me listening until the end, but I almost quit many times. I don’t recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Yulia Chentsova Dutton
  • 2017-10-29

Melodramatic, gripping

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the story is without the doubt designed as a melodramatic page turner rather than a deeper narrative. I enjoyed the performance when the story focused on the inner voice of the characters. Their speaking voices were done in stronger accented and overly caricature ways. This was so much do that I had trouble relating to characters the same way.

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  • Customer
  • 2018-11-21

Compelling

I have listened to this twice now in two months. It is a compelling story featuring vivid and complex characters. Moreover, the performance is exquisite and completely believable. I recommend it to all my reading friends and now recommend it to you. Highest praises for this debut work!

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  • Shawn
  • 2018-11-12

Excellent. Don't miss out on this one!

Loved this..love the story and the characters. The narrator was fantastic! Sad but hopefully story.

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  • Chassidy
  • 2018-10-22

Amazing!

I love this story... I've just listened to it for the third time. So many layers... Well worth reading.

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  • Denise
  • 2018-10-21

What a book

This book made me laugh, shake my head, feel like crying, grow sad, and then gave me hope.

I feel so much empathy for Yejide. The characters were so richly fleshed out. I felt a similarity with Akin’s mother and my own grandmother, although my grandmother wasn’t so pushy.

I am going to recommend this book to all my reader friends.
Excellent work.

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  • Zebrina
  • 2018-10-07

5 STAR BOOK

Beautifully written story of a particular time (1980-2008) and place (Nigeria) with a heartbreaking—tho ultimately redemptive and joyful—emotional universality. Perfect for bookclubs.

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  • Michelle D
  • 2018-09-15

A riveting story of love, despair, desperation and perseverance

‘Stay with Me’ l was engaging and kept my interest throughout the entire book. The author’s ability to tell an interesting story and yet, interject humor, politics, and reality all in the same storyline is a credit to her gifts as a writer. This book is a riveting story of love, despair, desperation and perseverance. The Audible version; however, takes a 5-Star book, to 10-Stars! The dialect and pronunciations made me feel like I was there! I learned so much about Nigerian culture & traditions by reading this book. I started read ‘Stay With Me’ for my book club and must admit, when I started reading/listening ;-), I had to check to make sure that I was reading the correct book, as it was nothing like our normal book selection. I was already engaged by the way, so even if it was the incorrect book, I was going to continue reading regardless. It was the correct book and I am so happy that this was our book selection for the month. I learned so much. And every emotion in my being was exposed numerous times as I continued to read/listened. Kudos to the author and the narrator! I definitely recommend this book!

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