The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead audiobook

The Underground Railroad: A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Read by Bahni Turpin

Random House Audio, Penguin Random House 9780385542364
Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $40.00

    ISBN: 9781524736255

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.      In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.      Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates 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 a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Pulitzer Prize - Winner

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award

Winner of the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature 

Man Booker Prize Longlist Selection

Shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award

An Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year for 2016

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2016

An NPR Best Book of 2016

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Top 10 Selection

A People Pick of the Week

A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
     In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
     Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates 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 a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page. Oprah Winfrey (Oprah's Book Club 2016 Selection)
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE, THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, THE ALA ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL AND THE HURSTON/WRIGHT AWARD ** NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, WALL STREET JOURNAL, WASHINGTON POST, TIME, PEOPLE, NPR AND MORE ** #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Bahni Turpin’s narration is near perfection as she captures the emotional heart of this audiobook. Her sensitive pacing allows listeners to absorb the impact of intense scenes and tugs them along when the plot races. By using well-crafted dialect and authentic-sounding accents, Turpin believably dramatizes the wide range of characters, projecting the cruelty of the white bounty hunters, the determined fear of the runaway slave, and the reserved kindness of the Underground Railroad stationmasters. Turpin’s strong performance combined with author Whitehead’s affecting writing makes this the one audiobook you cannot miss. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel... It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift…He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times  
Far and away the most anticipated literary novel of the year, The Underground Railroad marks a new triumph for Whitehead…[A] book that resonates with deep emotional timbre. The Underground Railroad reanimates the slave narrative, disrupts our settled sense of the past and stretches the ligaments of history right into our own era...The canon of essential novels about America's peculiar institution just grew by one. Ron Charles, Washington Post
Think Toni Morrison (Beloved), Alex Haley (Roots); think 12 Years a Slave…An electrifying novel…a great adventure tale, teeming with memorable characters…Tense, graphic, uplifting and informed, this is a story to share and remember. People, (Book of the Week)
With this novel, Colson Whitehead proves that he belongs on any short list of America's greatest authors--his talent and range are beyond impressive and impossible to ignore. The Underground Railroad is an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction. Michael Schaub, NPR
“Every now and then a book comes along that reaches the marrow of your bones, settles in, and stays forever. This is one. It’s a tour de force, and I don’t say that lightly.” Oprah Winfrey, Emmy Award–winning media star and New York Times bestselling author
“Think Toni Morrison (Beloved), Alex Haley (Roots); think 12 Years a Slave…electrifying…a great adventure tale, teeming with memorable characters…Tense, graphic, uplifting and informed, this is a story to share and remember.” People
“[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel…He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.” New York Times
“Reanimates the slave narrative, disrupts our settled sense of the past, and stretches the ligaments of history right into our own era.” Washington Post
“An American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction.” NPR
“Spellbinding and ferocious…The story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A highly recommended work that raises the bar for fiction addressing slavery.” Library Journal (starred review)
"[A] magnetizing and wrenching saga….Hard-driving, laser-sharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate.” Booklist (starred review)
“Imagine a runaway slave novel written with Joseph Heller’s deadpan voice leasing both Frederick Douglass’ grim realities and H. P. Lovecraft’s rococo fantasies … and that’s when you begin to understand how startlingly original this book is. Whitehead continues the African American artists’ inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] skillful blend of adventure and harrowing historical reflection.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a Whiting Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English