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The Good Lord Bird Audiobook

The Good Lord Bird

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2013

From the best-selling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade - and who must pass as a girl to survive.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

©2013 James McBride (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Efi Matta, Israel 08-12-16
    Efi Matta, Israel 08-12-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Great performance to an important story"

    a great listen to a great story. Michael Boatman's performance brings the characters to life in this important story.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A must listen/read"

    I have already recommended this book especially in the audio version to my friends. It gives such a fascinating look into a neglected portion of our past. Hearing the book read by Mr Boatman was a delight. Thank you Mr Mc Bride for giving us this wonderful narrative.

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    Hikerchick 07-20-16
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    "A voice"

    I really struggled reading the hard copy but the audio gave the Onion a voice.

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    J 07-19-16
    J 07-19-16
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    "Compelling"

    The narrator made this story priceless. The writing is brilliant. I laughed, cried, and learned.

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    Christina 04-15-16
    Christina 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic! I loved it. "

    great fictional satirical account of an awesome piece of history. The dialogue was historical. must read

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    "Michael Boatman was amazing!!!!!!"
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    Michael Boatman was an amazing reader of this book!!! His voices and intonations made the whole book.

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    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 01-20-16
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 01-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Good Lord Bird in three words, what would they be?

    Learned a lot about afro-americans and whites befoe the amancipation of the slaves


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Lord Bird?

    When Onion discovered who his true self was


    What does Michael Boatman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Best reader of all the books on Audible ever. He changed accents. He made you feel that the characters were real.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the Good Lord Bird


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    Loved the book. Cant give it enough praise

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    MJ CT 11-23-15
    MJ CT 11-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "A very interesting if somewhat preposterous story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Lord Bird to be better than the print version?

    A very interesting if somewhat preposterous story! But, I loved every minute of it. A cross-dressing escaped slave rides with the legendary John Brown. Not true, of course, but an amazing "what if." Well narrated, beautiful writing, and a funny and entertaining book with many serious themes concerning history, race, and the stories we tell about the past.


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    Kristi Smith Houston, TX 10-04-15
    Kristi Smith Houston, TX 10-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    This was a short story expended significantly into a novel. I had a very difficult time wanting to read more. And I just didn't get much out of it. What was really the point? If it was to give a historical account, it could have been much shorter.

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    S. Richardson Massachusetts 09-04-15
    S. Richardson Massachusetts 09-04-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Wonderful performance, exceptional writing"

    Loved it. Worth the listen. Outstanding vocalizations, and bark out loud funny at times. Please listen and push on your friends.

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