Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis Audiobook, by Alexis Coe Play Audiobook Sample

Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis Audiobook

Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis Audiobook, by Alexis Coe Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Sophie Amoss, Alexis Coe Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593212028

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:04 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

12:19 minutes

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Publisher Description

"Alice + Freda Forever is a gut-wrenching story of love, death, and the dangers of intolerance."--Bustle In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation--it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again. Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each unanswered letter--and her father's razor soon went missing. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée's throat. Her same-sex love was deemed insane by her father that very night, and medical experts agreed: This was a dangerous and incurable perversion. As the courtroom was expanded to accommodate national interest, Alice spent months in jail--including the night that three of her fellow prisoners were lynched (an event which captured the attention of journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells). After a jury of "the finest men in Memphis" declared Alice insane, she was remanded to an asylum, where she died under mysterious circumstances just a few years later.

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“This true-crime drama uses primary-source documents of letters and transcripts from the trial to provide a rich, detailed description…This is a captivating account, and readers will quickly become absorbed in the suspense.”

— School Library Journal (starred review) 


  • “Alexis Coe came across the case in a scholarly article while she was in graduate school and became fascinated by Mitchell and Ward’s story. She retells it here with the color and liveliness of a novel.”

    — New Yorker magazine
  • “Supported by Sophie Amoss’ captivating narration, this audiobook creates a sense of intimacy its two central figures and give extra dimension to the social context behind their affair.”

    — Paste magazine (audio review)
  • “A historically resonant reminder of how far societal tolerance has come and that it still remains a work in progress.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Highly recommended as an insightful exploration of an important historical true crime and a solid introduction to narrative nonfiction.”

    — Library Journal


  • An Independent Book Publishers Award Gold Medal Winner in Gay & Lesbian Nonfiction
  • Finalist for the Cybils Award for Young Adult Nonfiction
  • A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Month

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About Alexis Coe

Alexis Coe is the award-winning author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (soon to be a major motion picture). Coe has frequently appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. She is a host of Audible’s Presidents Are People Too! and No Man’s Land. Coe holds a graduate degree in American history and was a research curator at the New York Public Library.

About Sophie Amoss

Sophie Amoss is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.