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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caryl Phillips Narrator: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Two worlds, connected by the insult of slavery, are explored in this powerful novel: the Caribbean plantation hierarchy in its every shade of prejudice; and England, at a time when the abolition of slavery was official, but London bird and beast shops still sold African children like pets.

It is a shocking and unforgettable account of inhumanity - of a self-pronounced Christian nation resistant to black religious conversion because all people might suddenly recognise that they were equal under God. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 8/18/2013

    " An intriguing blend of travel narrative, slave narrative, and courtly romance. Phillips uses the female imperial eye to show the hypocrisy and inhumanity of absentee landlords and the creolization of English plantation owners during the slavery era in the Caribbean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 7/15/2012

    " A feverish tone and an unnerving atmosphere make it a vivid portrayal of the transAtlantic slave trade. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nafiza | 5/21/2012

    " This was a painful read. The things school makes me read. :\ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 2/12/2011

    " I think this is the best of Caryl Phillips' novels, a brilliant story of the ambivalences and contradictions and hypocrisies in a slave-owning colonial society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 7/13/2010

    " Earnest, earnest, earnest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 10/3/2009

    " This book wasn't entirely easy to get through, so thank God it was short. The writing was undoubtedly good and I enjoyed learning about an era/world that I was not previously familiar with. But, Phillips seemed to do little to keep the reader interested and invested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Heyd | 8/1/2008

    " I wanted to like this book but I couldn't, I think because I couldn't shake the thought that the author was more interested in making a point than telling a story. It seemed almost that he tried too hard to put the reader into the time and place and the minds of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 2/19/2008

    " I think this is the best of Caryl Phillips' novels, a brilliant story of the ambivalences and contradictions and hypocrisies in a slave-owning colonial society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 4/3/2007

    " A feverish tone and an unnerving atmosphere make it a vivid portrayal of the transAtlantic slave trade. "

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About the Narrator

Adjoa Andoh is a two-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is an actress of British film, television, stage, and radio. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Almeida Theatre, and she is a familiar face on British television. She made her Hollywood debut starring as Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff Brenda Mazikubo alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.