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Mudbound Audiobook

Mudbound

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Publisher's Summary

Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

©2008 Hillary Jordan; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    karen Encino, California, United States 03-27-13
    karen Encino, California, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great but unfortunately"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the story and all but one of the narrators (Jamie's character). Unfortunately the audiobook did not download properly and skipped a bunch of chapters. By then, I was so in to the story, I bought it on Kindle and started when the audio left off. Hope it doesn't happen to you, but be warned.


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    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 01-29-13
    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2013

    My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.

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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Mudbound the most enjoyable?

    I liked heraing about the deep south. They live totally different lives then I know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did not like the scene in the barn.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book the coming of age of young people in the deep south blacks, whites, women, and the old order of things.

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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 12-04-12
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Felt like the writer was trying too hard"

    While this book is very atmospheric and the voices are well done, I didn't care much for the essence of the story. It sounded like the writer was trying to write like Welty and Faulkner and so many other writers. The ending was ho-hum.

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    Nick Chicago, IL, United States 08-12-12
    Nick Chicago, IL, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.

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    "Excellent book."
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    The book was great and I would have enjoyed it no matter what probably - but the excellent narrators made it that much better.

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    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 06-26-12
    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 06-26-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Good audio book"

    Parts of this book are very hard to listen to because the events are likely to make you very uncomfortable, but it's a good story, albeit sad in parts but ultimately uplifting and redemptive. Highly recommend.

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    Mary Newburyport, MA, United States 04-24-12
    Mary Newburyport, MA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Mudbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It certainly was engrossing to listen to. I looked forward to having time to listen to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mudbound?

    The barn scene was exciting tense, and heartbreaking all at the same time. One of those I don't want to hear what happens, but can't stop listening.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There were many voices in Mudbound, which added to the richness of the story


    If you could take any character from Mudbound out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Do I have to pick just one? (I'd leave Pappy home.)


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, excellant performances.

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    Kristine The Colony, TX 04-13-12
    Kristine The Colony, TX 04-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Mudbound"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mudbound to be better than the print version?

    I only have listened to the audible version, not the book version. I wasn't aware that there was a difference.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mudbound and why?

    Laura was the most interesting character - they switch through to first-person for most of the characters mentioned in this book. I liked how we got a different perspective from each of the participants, and how the story was pieced together.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about a recently-moved to the country family and the sharecropper families they have working for them - it involves the racial tensions in a small deep-south town shortly after WWII. Its quite the story and I would recommend it!

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    Jennifer Georgetown, Idaho, United States 04-05-12
    Jennifer Georgetown, Idaho, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting"
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    Jamie makes an extremely offensive comment towards the end that I wish I had never heard.

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    Stephanie Burr Ridge, IL, United States 04-03-12
    Stephanie Burr Ridge, IL, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2016

    fuzzball

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    Where does Mudbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife and husband. Honest and simple people.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    It's difficult to pick one. I cannot picture any other narrators for these characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book left me speechless. It's been awhile since I've read a book I didn't want to end and couldn't wait find out what happened next. If I had read the book I would have read every single word.

    The author really sets a mood and I was totally transported. It's not a


    Any additional comments?

    All I can say is: read this book.

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    LindaLou Cave Creek, AZ, United States 03-24-12
    LindaLou Cave Creek, AZ, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader, 6-10 books a month, chosen based on Member Reviews. So "LouRevues" give you MY perspective, i.e., "5 On The BLACK Hand Side"!

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    "A REFRESHING FIND IN THE HISTORY OF AUDIOBOOKS!"

    I'm a prolific Audible.com customer (1,400+ books so far) but I tend to shy away from books about racism in America. But, every now and then, a book comes along which is honest, hard-hitting yet balanced and emotional. This is such a book. The characters, black and white, male and female, young and old, are well-developed and each tells his or own story from their perspective, which is then woven into the rich tapestry that is "Mudbound". Like the best-selling audiobook "The Help", African-American narrators are used here to depict the black characters, giving the overall narration of the book a rich, deep, resonance - like a good gumbo. I cannot stand audio books where white people try to imitate black voices - they always sound like the minstrel stereotypes so evident in modern depictions, saying stuff like "Jive turkey" and "Right on!", something I've never heard a black person say in all of my 62 years! While we as a people have learned to talk "proper", there's not a single actor who can accurately imitate our voices, especially from times where we were forced to keep our eyes averted and respond with a respectful "Yassuh, Massa". This book, which tells a moving story of what it was like living in the deep South after World War II, is only made better by the excellent production. Even when the African-Americans have to "bow down" to the white man with "Yo' is righ", Cap'n", it's done here with self-respect and a self-awareness which lets the listener know that we're just playing the white man's game. Only a black narrator can provide this level of accuracy. I've listened to way too many audiobooks - even classics - which are ruined by the narrator. Mudbound" is really a tale of prejudice and hate and unnecessary cruelty by one race to another. However, if one can get pass the pain felt by blacks and the embarrassment felt by whites of hearing "nigger" over and over and over again, and just listen to the rich depiction of the people, the locations, and the era, you will find a riveting book of human suffering and survival. Here the "good" white people are still honestly racist behind closed doors and the black people will be grinning in the face of white man while planning how to kill him. Nobody is all good or all bad - just like in life. It's rare to find a white author who thoroughly understands how blacks reacted and triumphed over such racist things like a black man risking his life in WWII, only to come home to his parents' sharecropping farm and be treated like an animal. (Somebody told Jordan how we react when talked to like a slave - if you DEMAND a glass of water, we'll get it from the toilet, all icy and cold, for you!) Here we are portrayed as a strong race who learned how to live with overt racism long after we were supposed to have equal rights. After finishing this book - I wanted to read a sequel and a prequel to this book. Or another such literary and audio masterpiece like "The Help" and "Mudbound". More, PLEASE!!!

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