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Song Yet Sung

Narrated by: Leslie Uggams
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, Five-Carat Soul, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography. 

In the days before the Civil War, a runaway slave named Liz Spocott breaks free from her captors and escapes into the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland’s eastern shore, setting loose a drama of violence and hope among slave catchers, plantation owners, watermen, runaway slaves, and free blacks. Liz is near death, wracked by disturbing visions of the future, and armed with “the Code,” a fiercely guarded cryptic means of communication for slaves on the run. Liz’s flight and her dreams of tomorrow will thrust all those near her toward a mysterious, redemptive fate. 

Filled with rich, true details - much of the story is drawn from historical events - and told in McBride’s signature lyrical style, Song Yet Sung is a story of tragic triumph, violent decisions, and unexpected kindness. 

©2008 James McBride (P)2008 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Escaped slaves, free blacks, slave-catchers and plantation owners weave a tangled web of intrigue and adventure in bestselling memoirist ( The Color of Water) McBride's intricately constructed and impressive second novel, set in pre - Civil War Maryland." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Spellbinding

I couldn't stop listening to this book! Leslie Uggams does such a great job narrating, that I felt I was right there in the story. The music was a good choice also. I was a little disappointed in the way it ended, but all-in-all it is a thoughtful, well written and well read book.

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Redemption

I redeemed myself with the book club girls. I'd recommended a couple of duds. Everyone liked this one! It felt like a spy novel or a thriller. So much insight into the covert, "intelligence" that was going on within the slave community! It was a page turner

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"Page turner" or better yet Thought turner lol

Mcbride has done it again, this story is thought provoking & historical with fictional truth involved. This is my second book of his I listened to and I enjoyed it greatly.

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Profound

Written with intense direction and focus, Song Yet Sung is a great inspirational read. I highly recommend it.

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Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

Undoubtedly, this story will make a great movie sometime soon. And I'll be excited to see it. This is a great story. It's a slave story that enables black folks to find pride in a history marred with terror

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A Must Read.

This was a very good book. My son needed the book for a college English class and I ended up reading it with him. Excellent!

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1st read

kinda got lost with all the characters. Yet I did enjoy it, especially since the I saw the TV show.