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Citizen Audiobook

Citizen: An American Lyric

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Publisher's Summary

Claudia Rankine's bold new audiobook recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in 21st-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV - everywhere, all the time. The cumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.

©2014 Claudia Rankine (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Combining poetry, essay, and images from media and contemporary art, Rankine's poetics capture the urgency of her subject matter." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Vincent O 06-29-15
    Vincent O 06-29-15

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    "Powerfully moving all round."

    Reading poetry is often a private experience, the voice we hear is our own; but Johnson nails it. Her performance conveys Rankine's subtle use of language and powerful cultural critique. I loved the section on Serena Williams which made me want to scream, laugh and cry all at once.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-05-16
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    "So. Important."

    Listening to this made me angry and uncomfortable, perhaps because, as a white person, it's easy for me to elect to see or acknowledge racism, and this book puts you (literally by use of the second person) at the center of it, as the victim, the witness, the occasional perpetrator. You can't ignore it. To make the reader feel even a fraction of what people of color feel on a daily basis is such a huge accomplishment. Beautiful work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 12-19-16
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 12-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Just getting along shouldn't be an ambition"

    This epic poem often had me leaning forward to find out what would happen next, even when — especially when — Rankine is narrating a tennis match she’s watching on TV. The general “poetic” parts about feelings/sensings were not particularly compelling but they acted as a respite from the racial parts, which fill you with rage. “because white men can’t/ police their imagination/ black men are dying.” And “Hold up, did you just hear, did you just say, did you just see, did you just do that? Then the voice in your head silently tells you to take your foot off your throat because just getting along shouldn’t be an ambition.” Grade: A

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Craw 11-19-16
    Karyn Craw 11-19-16
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    "Beautiful Tragedy"

    Gorgeous and succinct prose tell the story we already knew but never hear. It is heartbreakingly strong. the only difficulty a reader or listener will encounter is their discomfort with themselves or the world around them. We should be uncomfortable more often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cgraz Denver 09-15-17
    Cgraz Denver 09-15-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Beautiful and heart wrenching at the same time."

    I could not stop listening, even as the beautiful and lyrical way Rankine tells us these painful and real stories. My soul hurt, but as a white woman, I gained a bigger picture of understanding.

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    Steve M 08-30-17
    Steve M 08-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Important Work But Audio Is Missing a Lot"

    Citizen is an important work, sadly more relevant with every passing day. The audio book is well produced and the reader is exceptionally skilled.

    However, Rankine's book includes photos and art work that are not mere illustrations but integral parts of the whole. The same is true of the layout of the book with lots of blank pages and empty space. (To give the reader time to rest and absorb, Rankine has stated.)

    For these reasons, the audio book should be considered a companion to the print edition, not a substitute for it.

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great performance"

    Loved the book. The performance is frankly stellar, but this is definitely something to treat more as poetry than a definitive story. It's though provoking, and in my opinion an easy listen, and worth picking up at least once. You do miss out by not having the pictures, but the voice performance really works to make up for it.

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    F. Cansler Baton Rouge, LA United States 06-24-17
    F. Cansler Baton Rouge, LA United States 06-24-17
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    "A must read!"

    Great book that covers a wide range of experiences in a very approachable and personal way. Anyone teaching racism and race relations should add this to the must read list!

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    sfgirlnow 02-04-17
    sfgirlnow 02-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Citizen the most enjoyable?

    Good narrator,


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It provoked deeper thought


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    i have no idea


    Any additional comments?

    I went out and purchased this book after I read it because I heard the way it was written on the page was relevant to reading it. I agree that it was, but I also enjoyed listening to it. However, I have listened to other books that were written to be read off the page and it would be helpful to be forewarned that there are relevant photos involved or it's a graphic novel, etc. Thank you for providing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DS Hearn 11-25-16
    DS Hearn 11-25-16
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    "a must read"

    important writing, beautiful and difficult in its truth and heart. smooth and accurate narration. a must read, always, especially now.

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  • T A D'souza
    11/11/16
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    "absolutely amazing."

    Rankine has a way with words. a way to make sense of the world we live in as people of colour. an eloquent portrayal of life.

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  • E. Garcia
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    3/16/16
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    "Clear perspective of how black people are treated!"

    Took me to get in touch with my feelings buried deep inside.
    Where I never seen double standards it is now clear that there are. this is a rollercoster of emotions.
    The poem related to Serena Williams 2as the one I loved the most, and how she managed to pull it off by being the best she can be, taking no crap from no one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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