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Dread Nation Audiobook

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Read By: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Balzer + Bray Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Dread Nation Series Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062822956

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Longest Chapter Length:

39:52 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

17:28 minutes

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Publisher Description

New York Times bestseller * Six starred reviews

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. 

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

"Abundant action, thoughtful worldbuilding, and a brave, smart, and skillfully drawn cast entertain as Ireland illustrates the ignorance and immorality of racial discrimination and examines the relationship between equality and freedom." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

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“Narrator Bahni Turpin brings to life the barely restrained sarcasm of Jane McKeene, the bold heroine of the first in this alt-history series…Turpin’s rendition of Jane’s first-person voice illuminates her pluck, resilience, and wit…Turpin moves easily between the emotions and accents of the many characters. She highlights the tension in the plot and clearly expresses the prejudices of some of the characters. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Dread Nation is everything I love—it’s beautiful, unflinching, lyrical, tender, vividly imagined, and badass in the best way.”

    — Ann Aguirre, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Biracial heroine Jane, supporting character Katherine, and the rest of the cast demonstrate the complexities of coming of age in a world that doesn’t want them to feel like they belong. This one will take readers’ breath away.”

    — RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
  • “Abundant action, thoughtful world-building, and a brave, smart, and skillfully drawn cast…Mounting peril creates a pulse-pounding pace, hurtling readers toward a nail-biting conclusion.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history…Brilliant and gut-wrenching.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “This is a fictional exploration of the chattel slavery and American Indian boarding school systems. Ireland skillfully works in the different forms of enslavement, mental and physical, into a complex and engaging story. Verdict: A perfect blend of horrors real and imagined.”

    — School Library Journal
  • “This novel is everything: a tightly plotted thriller, an undead actioner, a stinging historical critique, and the heartbreaking story of one indomitable young woman’s fight for survival.”

    — Laura Ruby, author of Bone Gap
  • “Dread Nation is the zombie novel I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”

    — Kate Elliott, author of Court of Fives


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookRiot Pick of 15 Great Alternative History Books and Series
  • Selected for a Southern Book Prize Honorable Mention
  • A BookRiot Pick of 7 Terrific Audiobooks with Theatrical Narrators

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About Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland is the author of Dread Nation, Deathless Divide, Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and the Star Wars novel Lando’s Luck. You can visit her online at www.justinaireland.com.

About Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.