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Publisher's Summary

The 50th-anniversary edition of Margaret Walker's best-selling classic, with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni.

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction.

Weaving her own family's oral history with 30 years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

©2016 Margaret Walker (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Absolutely riveting!

I enjoyed this novel from start to finish. The narrator's ability to capture the tone of each character was undeniably the most skillful reading tlhat ive ever heard. It leaves me almost speechless! I'm on a mission to look for other books she has narrated. So impressive. Great story.

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History Brought To Life

Excellent story that is very hard to turn off... Starting just before civil war, and following the characters into the 1870's of the reconstruction area, bringing the time vividly alive.. Jubilee tells a true story of a woman born into slavery, as well as her children, highlighting the sad reality of families torn apart, seeking one another in those years after war. This story revolves around the challenges of freedom while still living under the oppression of the whites within the communities where newly freed slaves sought to build their futures.

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  • Lannette
  • Ajo, AZ, United States
  • 04-14-17

15 hours we'll spent

I thought the story was incredible and can find nothing to even nitpick about. Narration was good and easy to follow and very much enhanced story. If you're interested in this subject or time or just want a darn good book to listen to... chaching!

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  • Tammy j
  • Ulster Park, new York, US
  • 03-23-17

Jubilee is not just a read but an experience

This book not only provides a historical understanding but also a personal experience. The story is told with vivid characters
that capture historical events that touch emotions. The rhythmic language and spiritual songs add depth to the story.

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Listen to this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jubilee is harrowing, insightful, heartbreaking and timeless. This story really took me away and the main character is amongst the most inspiring heroines I have ever encountered.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

Robin Miles gives effortless life to this book. The dialogue of each character is distinct without ever sounding like a stereotype. She also does a great job with the prose, making it live without ever over dramatizing Margaret Walker's great writing.

Any additional comments?

For me, this book brought so much important history to life. I felt informed, not just about historical events, but also why things happened the way they did and the attitudes of the different people involved. More importantly, Jubilee was such an experience and I could not stop listening. I am glad that after so many years there is such a high quality audio version of Jubilee. I hope that the 50th anniversary release will raise the profile of this under-read classic.
I have never written a review on Audible before but as of when I am writing this there are no reviews on Audible for Jubilee and I feel obligated to let potential listeners know how worth their time and precious credits this book is.

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Thank you for the taste of history and Jubilee! :-)

This book was very well-written I got an opportunity to feel and experience the characters and their personalities. The story was tender suspenseful and humanistic! Great listen!

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A joy to listen to

This is the best book I have ever listened to I love the narrator just a joy. A MUST READ 😀

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beautifully narrated!

I didn't want the story to end. I will be listening over again for sure!

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  • Janet
  • Westlake, OH, United States
  • 09-23-17

Better than Gone With the Wind.

What made the experience of listening to Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition the most enjoyable?

The stories of the struggles of Vyry and her family were sometimes harrowing but also inspiring.

What other book might you compare Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition to and why?

People call this the Slave version of Gone With the Wind. This is much better. The slaves endured such hardship but yet the author also speaks compassionately about the overseeers and the slave owners families. Gone with the wind did not deal much with the actual lives of slaves.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene toward the end when Vyry reveals that she too had been beaten. That scene summed up much of the modern struggle with racism. Blacks accusing other blacks of being a "White man's negro." The belief that blacks and whites can never live together peacefully and that white people will always try to beat blacks down.The belief that one should just ignore racial mistreatment and try not to make the white people mad. And Vyry's belief that she must help people when she can, no matter who they are and not concern herself with their motives.

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I was surprised to learn that Negroes and Indians were forbidden by law to own firearms after the Civil War. So much for the 2nd amendment.

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Timeless

I remember reading this when I was a school kid. It was still good, even after all these years.

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