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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (34 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: April 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunny | 2/6/2014

    " If this doesn't help explain pop culture, nothing will. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris O'Brien | 1/18/2014

    " As a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer, this book excels as a series of wonderfully crafted vignettes that are sprinkled through the main narrative. Taken as a whole, however, Whitehead seemed to lose his way. The man can write some serious sentences, I'll give him that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2014

    " fun retelling of the John Henry story and the escapades of a junketeering journalist "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christopher | 12/27/2013

    " This is the best novel I have read in years, it is perfectly crafted so that everything fits the theme and yet it manages to avoid formula or easy allegory. It is funny without being silly, it tells you just enough about what it going on to force you to keep using your imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 12/16/2013

    " This guy should be banging out some serious shit soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/3/2013

    " Great book, loved the depiction of lazy-ass journalists and small towns. Very well written, liked all the characters and this may be wrong since it's about the events leading up to a shooting at a stamp-related folk hero festival, but really funny in parts. recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/27/2013

    " Some sentences in this book were so expertly chiseled that they made my knees buckle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaitali Sen | 9/17/2013

    " I thought this book was very romantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 11/20/2012

    " Despite being somewhat convoluted, the writing is amazing. And although I am not sure it quite got where it was supposed to go, the contemplation of a human being's place in the world and the meaning of his or her toil is interesting and often apt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 11/4/2012

    " Currently rereading this while I am teaching it to my African Diaspora Literature summer class. It is a good book, a solid good read. Not great, but it seems Whitehead has fun playing with his prose ability to keep the text fun and engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Boldon | 9/23/2012

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. It's got big ideas and some amazing prose and storytelling. And yet...more than once I found it pompous and long winded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Grover | 6/1/2012

    " I don't know, Colson. I really liked Sag Harbor days, and I really hated Zone One. This was just okay. Whitehead is a prodigious talent as a writer, but it was a struggle to stay engaged here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste | 2/14/2012

    " Beautifully written at times but a TOTAL slog. Too much work, honestly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 1/29/2012

    " Feh. It was no The Intuitionist: A Novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 12/21/2011

    " It's hard to top The Intuitionist. This book is proof. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/7/2011

    " An extraordinary book about race in America. The "set piece" structure takes a bit of getting use to, as does the (sometimes overly) precise prose. But it's worth the effort. A really great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthea | 10/8/2011

    " This is long, and unsatisfying - both in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaret | 3/17/2011

    " Very well written. The postmodern nihlism kinda kept me from really enjoying it until the end. Stick it out if the book's starting to lose your interest. The last 80 or so pages are brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janitor-X | 2/23/2011

    " Good stuff. PR and small town bullshit both thoroughly investigated. Also, very funny in parts (many parts.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 11/28/2010

    " Despite being somewhat convoluted, the writing is amazing. And although I am not sure it quite got where it was supposed to go, the contemplation of a human being's place in the world and the meaning of his or her toil is interesting and often apt.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JulieK | 9/22/2010

    " Three and a half stars, really. There was a bit too much going on in the book, but the guy can really write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/2/2010

    " Great book, loved the depiction of lazy-ass journalists and small towns. Very well written, liked all the characters and this may be wrong since it's about the events leading up to a shooting at a stamp-related folk hero festival, but really funny in parts. recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherief | 8/10/2010

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 8/2/2010

    " Interesting concept, but the writing's way, way, way too pretentious. Even for me. Characterization was pretty flat, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 6/17/2010

    " Currently rereading this while I am teaching it to my African Diaspora Literature summer class. It is a good book, a solid good read. Not great, but it seems Whitehead has fun playing with his prose ability to keep the text fun and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/9/2010

    " Some sentences in this book were so expertly chiseled that they made my knees buckle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunny | 2/21/2010

    " If this doesn't help explain pop culture, nothing will. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nora | 1/31/2010

    " Started out pretty good, and went downhill. Disliked it enough that I left it in my building's laundry room book-swap, instead of giving it to a friend... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 12/21/2009

    " I don't know why this book gets passed over, compared to Colson Whithead's other work. I think it's brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste | 11/27/2009

    " Beautifully written at times but a TOTAL slog. Too much work, honestly. "

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About the Author
Author Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a Whiting Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

About the Narrator

Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.