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The Street Audiobook

The Street: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved best seller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

Ann Petry (1908-1997) was an American author who became the first African American woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street, which earned her the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.

©1946 1974 by Ann Petry (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

“A major literary invention…A truly great book.”(Los Angeles Times)

“Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing.”(New York Times)

“A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice.” (Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, and civil rights leader)

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    "The innocent is the only priority."

    WOW! Beware, do not lose sight or forget what is most important. What second chance?

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    Joann 10-05-16
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    "Wonderful"

    This book was written in 1945 but could have easily have been about the realities of black life circa 2016. Well written! Sad storyline! VeryWell read and great sound effect!

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    Family 10-03-15
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    Wonderfully done. I loved this book so much that I read it twice. Surprised ending.

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    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 11-13-17
    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 11-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant book. Superb narrator. Tacky sound effects"

    As a white middle class male from the 21st century I found this book about a black woman in Harlem in the 1940s absolutely mesmerizing. The narrator is top notch with great voices for all the characters. I felt I was a fly on the wall in Harlem in that postwar era. The only reason I gave the performance three stars has nothing to do with the masterful narration. It has to do with the annoying, distracting, superfluous, tacky sound effects that keep popping up at seemingly random points in the story. Door slams, doorbells, high heels clicking, trains, etc. Puleeeeeeze!

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    Leonard Hardy Morbio Inferiore, Switzerland 11-07-17
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    "Great book bad sound effects"

    The writing, story, and narration were magnificent. What ruined the listening experience was the horrid sound effects. I found these intrusions to be distracting and lessened the impact of the author’s writing.

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    chasidyCormier Euless, Tx, United States 10-29-17
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    "Needed read"

    This book was a real eye opener. Touched on a lot of things people still go through in poverty.

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    "Great book!"

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Narrator Shayna Small did an excellent job of presenting the storyline and all its unique characters!

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    Travis 09-17-17
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    "great book"

    i had to read this for an American lit class and do not have a whole lot of time to sit down and read so I downloaded the audio book. the narrator is amazing and so is the story. 5 starts all around

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    "the narrator for this book was excellent."

    the book held my interest because of the narrator and sound. the story was fair as it focused on the main character, a black female, and her son. she had a lot of problems, social, other people, money that in the end overwhelmed her and made her succumb to all the negative forces around her. sad to say her young 8 year old son was the one that really suffered in the end. the book, though, was not as good as the end was sad.

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    k 05-02-17
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    "The street"

    The excellent book should be read by young people aground the world I really enjoyed this book.




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