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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Johnson Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781456124090
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After the Confederacy falls, newly-freed slave Rutherford Calhoun is eager to avoid marrying a prim schoolteacher and boards the first ship he finds moored at a New Orleans port. Unbeknownst to Calhoun, the vessel is a slave ship en route to Africa. On the return trip, Calhoun is put to work as a cabin boy and quickly assists the newly captured slaves in revolting against the drunken crew. This compelling adventure is filled with a perfect blend of colorful narrative, historical romance and suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Long after we’d stopped believe in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Blending confessional, ship’s log, and adventure, the narrative interweaves a disquisition on slavery, poverty, race relations and an African worldview at odds with Western materialism.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 3/27/2011

    " Ostensibly a novel about the slave trade, but really an exciting sea story with philosophical undertones. As usual, Johnson's writing style manages to be acerbic and witty while exploring some of the darker sides of human nature. It certainly deserved the national book award in 1990. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/20/2011

    " One of the most captivating voices I've read in awhile. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 3/11/2011

    " Thought this would be historical fiction about the slave trade. NOT! I'm still not sure where the author was going with this one. I closed the book and had no idea what I had just read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/18/2011

    " A scary historical fiction about the reality of slavery and the slave trade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/17/2011

    " National Book Award winner. "Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative, and philosophical novel." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2011

    " Loved this book. The author is phenomenal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 1/29/2011

    " A really good book. My dad recommended this to me when I had to read a book for school. It was actually a very interesting story and better than I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/6/2011

    " Historical fiction at its finest. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/29/2010

    " Read this book in 2005. Don't recall plot, but it must have been very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/15/2010

    " Rutherford Calhoun, a stowaway aboard the Republic, a slave ship, has life changing experiences. My book group had thoughtful, and insightful discussions about the characters in the book, as well as the author's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/28/2010

    " Excellent and engaging story of how one man struggles with his African American identity as a slave boat crew member. Don't be fooled. This is no ordinary work of historical fiction. It also manages to navigate mystical territory without ever really coming across as unrealistic. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Johnson

Captain Charles Johnson is the pseudonym for an unknown British author of the 1724 book A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates.

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.