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Mudbound Audiobook

Mudbound

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.
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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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    Kristine The Colony, TX 04-13-12
    Kristine The Colony, TX 04-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    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 2015
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    "interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    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

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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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    JW 08-07-10
    JW 08-07-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "well worth it"

    I wasn't sure about this book when I started. I'm pretty picky about readers and more particular about the book itself. But this book and these readers are very good. Full recommendation.

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    Mary Hampton, VA, USA 06-18-10
    Mary Hampton, VA, USA 06-18-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    The ending made me gasp aloud. You'll be transported back in time. I'm glad times have changed for the better!

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 06-06-10
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 06-06-10 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Mississippi Race Relations"

    If you enjoyed "The Help", you will also enjoy this book by Hillary Jordan. It is set in the Mississippi Delta when returning WWII GI's had started to experience changing attitudes in Europe, but unchanged attitudes at home. Related from several perspectives it is a dark but meaningful story.

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    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 05-23-10
    Paul HARRISBURG, PA, United States 05-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "well done"

    This audio was very well done, extremely well narrated. A much darker story than 'The Help'. I loved the different voices for the characters -- really helps to define them.

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    Jan the Tech Man 05-15-10
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    "good characters; narrators excellent"

    I have been listening to audiobooks on my daily walks for years and this one rates in the top tier. The characters are well done and the narrators are excellent. You won't be sorry you downloaded this one.

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    Randy Beaverton, OR, USA 10-01-09
    Randy Beaverton, OR, USA 10-01-09
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    "One of the best books I have ever listened to."

    Well read, just one of the best. If you need an example of an audio book this is the one.

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