The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead audiobook

The Nickel Boys: A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Read by J. D. Jackson

Random House Audio 9780385537070

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781984891372

  • ISBN: 9781984891372

Runtime: 6.77 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A July 2019 LibraryReads Pick

A Literary Hub Pick of the Best Reviewed Books This Week

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

THE NICKEL BOYS is in conversation with works by James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and especially Martin Luther King.... It shreds our easy confidence in the triumph of goodness and leaves in its place a hard and bitter truth about the ongoing American experiment. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Propulsive and gorgeous and completely devastating. LitHub.com
A tense, nervy performance, even more rigorously controlled than its predecessor.  The narration is disciplined and the sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into the water.  Every chapter hits its marks. Parul Seghal, The New York Times  
The Nickel Boys often feels like Whitehead’s conversation with both the idealistic forerunners of the civil rights generation and…the woke youth of today. Laura Miller, Slate.com
Not a moment is wasted, and for someone who writes as vividly as Whitehead, there’s also a graceful economy here.  He uses words carefully, as if he doesn’t want them to get in the way of the truth he’s excavating. Boston Globe
The Nickel Boys is a chilling, masterful novel that explores the depths of evil and the resilience of the human spirit. Whitehead's prose is dazzling, and the narrative's nimble twist is a swift kick to the solar plexus. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune  
A book that will further cement his place in the pantheon of influential American writers. Time Magazine  
Stellar…heartbreaking...a beautiful, unforgettable young hero who walks right off the page and into your heart…If you have been thinking you should read Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys is the perfect place to start. Newsday  
Haunting and haunted…devastating...The book feels like a mission, and it’s an essential one…he pulls off a brilliant sleight of hand that elevates the mere act of resurrecting Elwood’s buried story into at once a miracle and a tragedy. Frank Rich, The New York Times Book Review (cover)  
"A tense, nervy performance…The sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into water. Every chapter hits its marks…Whitehead has written novels of horror and apocalypse; nothing touches the grimness of the real stories he conveys here…It is justice.” New York Times
“Whitehead’s brilliant examination of America’s history of violence is a stunning novel of impeccable language and startling insight.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A leaner, meaner saga of Deep South captivity set in the mid-twentieth century and fraught with horrors more chilling for being based on true-life atrocities…Whitehead’s novel displays its author’s facility with violent imagery and his skill at weaving narrative strands into an ingenious, if disquieting whole.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Whitehead’s magnetic characters exemplify stoicism and courage, and each supremely crafted scene smolders and flares with injustice and resistance, building to a staggering revelation…YAs who can process explicit violence and fathom complex social and historical cues will be riveted by young Elwood and the horrors he faces.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a Whiting Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 6.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English