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The Underground Railroad Audiobook

The Underground Railroad

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2017

National Book Award Winner 2016

Amazon.Com Number One Book of the Year 2016

Number One New York Times Best Seller

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated boxcar pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world.

As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

©2016 Colson Whitehead (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Whitehead is on a roll: the reviews have been sublime." (The Guardian)
"Luminous, furious, wildly inventive." (The Observer)
"Hands down one of the best, if not the best, book I've read this year." (Stylist)
"Dazzling." (New York Review of Books)

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    ReadingFan 01/03/2017
    ReadingFan 01/03/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "All they hype is justified"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would but not all. Some delicate souls will be put off by some of the graphic content.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt the author didn't cheat history. The content felt authentic. The cruelty was authentic. This book is so apt for the times we live in.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favourite?

    All of them .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The massacre neare the end


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion this is a really good book and really worth your time. Ditch xfactor/dancing with the stars and tune into some real quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio Konitsiotis London, UK 03/02/2017
    Antonio Konitsiotis London, UK 03/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful storytelling"

    incredible acting and an amazing and heart wrenching story means this is a must. Especially poignant with the rampant bigotry and racism some factions of politics want to spread in the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    avagardro 19/01/2017
    avagardro 19/01/2017 Member Since 2016

    Proud Nerd. Love walking slowly to hear more of my books. Always a voracious reader I know listen as my commute makes reading impossible.

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    "cora captivated me. "

    Captivating story. I became so involved with Cora I could feel her next to me.
    occasionally I felt the voice sounded a little robotic which was no fault of the narrator. perhaps the recording.
    highly recommended nevertheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mel 27/12/2016
    Mel 27/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Gritty and Bleak"

    great performance and a great story, but its not a light listen! the main character Cora is likeable and you really get drawn in to her story and want her to succeed. there are twists and turns in the story but the gritty realism keeps you grounded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 24/07/2017
    Jenny 24/07/2017 Member Since 2014

    Since I discovered Audible I have become addicted. I like my fiction with a twist. I'm a fan of sci-fi and literary fantasy.

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    "Great book, great writing."

    Good book. Energetic, upsetting and beautifully written. It had its redemptive moments, but it's a grim subject all told.

    Recommended.

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    Miss F A Wedd 19/06/2017
    Miss F A Wedd 19/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written but historically inaccurate."

    Usually not a massive stickler for historical accuracy but the setting of the Underground Railroad on an actual railroad was too much for me. The story did not need that change and it distracted me from the story. Other than that it was really well written and the characters were wonderfully constructed.

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    bookylady 13/06/2017
    bookylady 13/06/2017 Member Since 2014

    Bookworm, librarian, chocaholic. Give me a good book, a bar of chocolate and a glass of fine wine and I'm a happy lady.

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    "A spellbinding, heartbreaking tale of slavery."

    I always know when I have read a truly great book - I am bereft at its end and want to tell everyone about it. This was such a book. One of my top five reads of 2017, so far.

    Beautifully written, well-paced, great plot and characters. The lives and fate of slaves and runaways have always made for shocking reading and this novel is no exception . But the clever concept and depiction of the Underground Railroad gave this novel it's unique edge and kept me wondering if Cora, the main character, would ever reach the Free States.

    Excellent and sympathetic narration.

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    S S. 04/03/2017
    S S. 04/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book. Could listen again as soon as I finished"

    Cora captured my sympathy and then ignited my outrage and anger at her treatment and the treatment of the other slaves
    This is a work of fiction but the scenes and stories are believable and leave you desperate for a better future for the slaves and their friends
    A wonderful story. Five star in every category.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 17/01/2017
    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 17/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A great listen"

    Great introduction to a fascinating subject.
    Well narrated.
    Hope there is a follow up to Coras life.

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    sunflower 05/01/2017
    sunflower 05/01/2017

    to read is one of life's greatest pleasures. to hear (audible) is becoming another! me? retired, female, traveller.

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    "Humanity at its worst; humanity at its best"

    Story, tho based on history, excellently good. Appalling yet uplifting.
    Reader excellent; her manner and "voices" hit the spot, throughout.

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