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Publisher's Summary

A vivid love story and adventure tale, Oroonoko is a heroic slave narrative about a royal prince and his fight for freedom. The eponymous hero, Oroonoko, deemed royalty in one world and slave in another, is torn from his noble status and betrayed into slavery in Surinam, where he is reduced to chains, fetters, and shackles. But his high spirit and admirable character will not be suppressed.

The book was groundbreaking at the time of its publication and is considered to be one of the first novels written in English. Its condemnation of slavery and Europeans and striking portrayal of sexuality and violence shrouded Behn's name in controversy for years after it was published.

Public Domain (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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Outstanding Narration, Story Less So

The book has not aged well, in my view. The portrayal of women and the esteem placed on honor make it difficult to empathize with Oronoko and Imoinda. The performance, however, is spectacular!

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amazing!

she really helped me to finish this book. Clear and easy to follow. recommended for sure!

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  • Patrick
  • 11-02-17

Amazing to think this was written in the 1680s

Hadn't heard of Aphra Behn until she featured on 'In Our Time'. Definitely worth a listen.