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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781504772587
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Published in 1962, this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race, and America in the 1950s.

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. It is a novel of passions—sexual, racial, political, artistic—that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the 1950s.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Jackson | 2/12/2014

    " This book was just as wonderful and intriguing as the first time I read it. Listening to the audio version lended a new dimension to the work. Complex characters, magnificent passages, and difficult themes make this a classic worth going back to from time to time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xavier | 2/12/2014

    " New York in the early 70s. Jazz. Drugs. Interracial sex. Gay sex. Falling from grace. Outstanding prose. It's sexy and probably one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 2/5/2014

    " His writing goes straight to the matter of relationships. Each complex and all enriched and troubled by sexuality, class, race, geography,and gender. A truly good read if you are open to being uncomfortable and willing to leave behind your "moral" high-ground. I truly enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mmars | 1/30/2014

    " Of the four Baldwin novels I've read, this is so far my least favorite. I admit that the character's brutal flaws may have something to do with this, they were largely unlikeable. As does how disturbing I found Baldwin's bold and honest take of racial tension mixed up with gender and sexual tension was bold, honest, and disturbing. But also nagging at me is the feeling that his writing felt more difficult, like he wanted to make such a strong statement and these is so much to say and he wanted to get it all into this book, and, well, that is a daunting task for any writer, including Baldwin. Also, I don't know whether it was intentional, but there was an aura of superficiality hovering over what was presented as close friendship it made most of the character's relationships unbelievable. I don't know if this was intentional on Baldwin's part. Probably. But for me, it seemed a flaw. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennefer | 1/28/2014

    " I read over half of it and had no desire to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 1/24/2014

    " My first Baldwin - and eternally my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 1/17/2014

    " I discovered James Baldwin at the age of 17.I was mesmerized by his sensitive writing of which I only barely understood. I was aware that my life would be changed from that day forward The author wrote about his life. The brutal sexuality, the deep passion and the anger that surrounded everyone. How he turned this emotional turmoil into an ending filled with such love and tenderness was remarkable. This man and his books will always be with me.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole Riann | 1/14/2014

    " This Baldwin novel really affected me, more than any of the others, when I read it for the first time in 2004. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 1/12/2014

    " Hands down one of my favorite books. Human, real, tragic, beautiful.. and set in NYC! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ania | 12/6/2013

    " I really want to reread this book--a classic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hallie Sianni | 11/27/2013

    " Good book, a little over-dramatic in the way of 60s tv movies, but it painted a picture of NY bohemian life that was interesting to me. And some of the character development really struck a chord. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayleigh | 10/8/2013

    " Beautifully written. Love the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rennard | 10/8/2013

    " The expressive nature of Baldwin's writing is simply captivating prose. His foray into homosexual issues is also groundbreaking for it's time and tone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/30/2013

    " baldwin is poetic and incomparably eloquent in his prose. he conveys emotions in an eerily relatable way, almost as some sort of prophet. he is all-knowing in every perspective he narrates, in every relationship, of every kind. deserves to be read multiple times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena Mayberry | 9/19/2013

    " What I learned changed my life. How it feels -how it lives-to be black in a white country. shattering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Finley | 7/9/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec | 8/22/2012

    " I really liked this book - Baldwin's language is so forceful it was almost a physical experience. His character's voices rang so true, too, that it was almost unbearably personal to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artemisa | 8/19/2012

    " A million fractured reflections of myself. His brevity I worship. No other writer and work courageously faces the american psychology. His descriptions of New York City still ring true to this day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kanyi | 8/17/2012

    " heartbreaking and sweeping, but tender and intimate "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Belle | 6/6/2012

    " one of the best novels i have ever read. paints a clear picture of racial/sexual relations in the united states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/18/2012

    " simply one of the best books i've ever read. a must read if you have a heart that beats for love and/or manhattan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Dani | 3/3/2012

    " i love james baldwin. this book is like a soap opera but there are so many profound ideas in it, i didnt mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Palmer | 9/9/2011

    " Way ahead of his time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielroffle | 5/17/2011

    " Achingly beautiful as much as it is filled with cold hard truth, "Another Country" jumps from character to character - black and white, men and women - to give the reader a portrait of a desperate society, in which hope nevertheless still springs up occasionally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/20/2011

    " James Baldwin is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/27/2011

    " Way ahead of his time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haroun | 2/16/2011

    " Great novel! Baldwin's characters are alive and real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/30/2011

    " It's really great when you thoroughly enjoy a book that you are asked to read for uni which you wouldn't have otherwise picked up, or necessarily have heard of.
    This was just a really great read, very interesting with really engaging and unusual characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chalida | 1/26/2011

    " Forgot how amazing Baldwin is. Am loving this 9 years after the first read.

    A well-written soap opera. Baldwin's characters tell us to check our assumptions and our judgments. Race, sexuality and gender are not simple ever.

    A must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 1/8/2011

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/3/2011

    " Awesome audio book. Great story...One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 12/8/2010

    " Desolate. Passionate. Searching.
    An absolutely beautiful read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 12/7/2010

    " It was a required read. Didn't care for it much. "

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About the Author
Author James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924–1987) was educated in New York. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, received excellent reviews and was immediately recognized as establishing a profound and permanent new voice in American letters. The appearance of The Fire Next Time in 1963, just as the civil rights movement was exploding across the American South, galvanized the nation and continues to reverberate as perhaps the most prophetic and defining statement ever written of the continuing costs of Americans’ refusal to face their own history. It became a national bestseller, and Baldwin was featured on the cover of Time. The next year, he was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and collaborated with the photographer Richard Avedon on Nothing Personal, a series of portraits of America intended as a eulogy for the slain Medger Evers. His other collaborations include A Rap on Race with Margaret Mead and A Dialogue with the poet-activist Nikki Giovanni. He also adapted Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X into One Day When I Was Lost. He was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor a year before his death, one honor among many he achieved in his life.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.