A Free Man of Color Audiobook, by Barbara Hambly Play Audiobook Sample

A Free Man of Color Audiobook

A Free Man of Color Audiobook, by Barbara Hambly Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Ron Butler Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Benjamin January Mysteries Release Date: November 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799922018

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Longest Chapter Length:

41:52 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:36 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

28:05 minutes

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Publisher Description

This lush and haunting novel tells of a city steeped in decadent pleasures and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a web of murder and betrayal.

It is 1833. In the midst of Mardi Gras, Benjamin January, a Creole physician and music teacher, is playing piano at the Salle d’Orléans when the evening’s festivities are interrupted—by murder.

The ravishing Angelique Crozat, a notorious octoroon who travels in the city’s finest company, has been strangled to death. With the authorities reluctant to become involved, Ben begins his own inquiry, which will take him through the seamy haunts of riverboatmen and into the huts of voodoo worshipping slaves.

But soon the eyes of suspicion turn toward Ben—for, black as the slave who fathered him, this free man of color is still seen as the perfect scapegoat.

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“In lush detail, Hambly recreates the world of the demimonde and the Mardi Gras balls, the plight of slaves, and the intricate social structure of…New Orleans. Ben is a wonderful character, strong and tempered by personal grief, smart, and courageous…A rich story with well-drawn characters, memorable action scenes, and a sense of place so strongly rendered that it surrounds the reader.”

— Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine 


  • “A darned good murder mystery.”

    — USA Today
  • “A smashing debut. Rich and exciting with both substance and spice.”

    — Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • “A vivid depiction of an exotic bygone time.”

    — The Oregonian (Portland)
  • “Subtly planting clues along the way, Hambly crafts a tale of intrigue set against a class-conscious Louisiana society and the many different definitions of “black.’”

    — Detroit News
  • “Hambly pays rich attention to period detail—fashion, food, manners, music, and voodoo…Escapist entertainment flavored liberally with the sights, textures, sounds, and tastes of a decadent city in a distant time.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A richly detailed, telling portrait of an intricately structured racial hierarchy, which was to leave its mark on everyone—from Ben January to the white woman whose life he ultimately saves.”

    — Booklist

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About Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly has written novels in many genres, from mysteries to science fiction and fantasy. Four of her science fiction novels made the New York Times bestsellers list, and her historical mystery novels have won awards and consistently earn starred reviews. She holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and teaches at a local college.

About Ron Butler

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.