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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (970 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colson Whitehead Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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J. Sutter is a bonafide junketeer - a freelance writer, travelling from city to city, hungry for free meals and the discarded sales receipts of others to claim on his expense account.

Travelling into the backwoods of West Virginia to write a piece on the unveiling of the new John Henry postage stamp and the ensuing John Henry Days festival, J. continues his nearly record-setting, three-month junket binge. But when he begins to choke on a piece of prime rib at a press dinner, shadows from the past are summoned forth and he leaves the mountain a changed man.

Colson Whitehead is the author of the critically acclaimed, QPB New Voices Award-winning novel, The Intuitionist. Narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez, John Henry Days is both an ingenious retelling of the American legend of John Henry and a fascinating look into the world of contemporary journalism. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ethan | 2/14/2014

    " This story about J. Sutter, a professional junketeer, starts out very promising. I laughed at the truthfully satirical portrayal of greedy freelance journalists. As the story of John Henry progresses, though, the book loses its focus and becomes a little too abstract. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sherief | 2/9/2014

    " and a half. I really like Colson Whitehead, and the Intuitionist was great (I want a copy of "Theoretical Elevators"), but I want to arbitrarily only give John Henry Days 3.5 stars just because. Whitehead's thoughts on prime rib in this book closely mirror my own, hence the half star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joseph Volk | 2/7/2014

    " One of the best reads of my 09 summer and one of the most creative and balanced treatments of the questions of race, memory, and american mythology that i have ever read. Whitehead is a genius and, even more exciting, a very young one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Paddy | 2/7/2014

    " I really want to like this author, but he's making it hard. As with The Intuitionist, the characters are flat. Unlike that novel, this one has too much going on and not much of it works. After the first third, I started skimming and am not sorry. Next: Sag Harbor. I'll keep trying. "

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