The Street

A Novel
By: Ann Petry
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (439 ratings)

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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As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young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 Ann Petry. renewed 1974 Ann Petry (P)2013 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

“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)
“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)

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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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awesome

Wonderfully done. I loved this book so much that I read it twice. Surprised ending.

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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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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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outstanding

this book is 71 years old yet could have been written yesterday. very worth your time.

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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 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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AMAZING

LOVED IT! The writing is powerful, real, the story true, raw. absolutely astounding. Fabulous. Breathtaking.

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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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Amazing,

Performance of this reading was captivating. The storyline was relatable and interesting. I would recommend this story.

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