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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hillary Jordan Narrator: Ezra Knight Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781436133104
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Hillary Jordan’s mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling family tragedy, a confluence of romantic attraction and racial hatred that eventually falls like an avalanche…The last third of the book is downright breathless.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[A] poignant and moving debut novel…Jordan faultlessly portrays the values of the 1940s as she builds to a stunning conclusion. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] beautiful debut… A superbly rendered depiction of the fury and terror wrought by racism.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Meyer | 2/19/2014

    " I started this book this afternoon and finished it tonight. I found that I literally could not put this book down. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning once I realized there were quite a few narrators alternating chapter to chapter. There are some books that I have read in the past with the multi-narrator form and I found myself skimming through some of the character's chapters. The characters in some of these books would seem poorly developed and some downright boring. This was definitely not one of those books. I was captivated by each and every character. An amazing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarit | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent read. Each chapter is written from another character's perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris Fletcher | 2/3/2014

    " Finally, a story that makes you want to care what happens to the characters. The fact that it starts with a funeral, then the events leading up to it, makes you want to keep reading. Another plus is the ending is not as predictable as you might think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin M | 1/30/2014

    " Love love LOVE Hillary Jordan! I read "When She Woke" a few months ago and loved it - this book is completely different, but I thought it was excellent too. She is definitely an author to keep an eye on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry Nolte | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting portrayal of the deep rural south in the late 40's from the perspective of a young wife. Several strong and interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JenC. | 1/25/2014

    " A very well written and engaging debut novel. I'm glad I gave this author another chance after starting and abandoning When She Woke. The author should stick to realistic fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 1/22/2014

    " Loved this book! Can't wait to read authors other book 'When She Woke'! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renae | 1/19/2014

    " Quick read but Jordan tells a powerful story in simple words. "

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

    " I devoured this in three days. Some of it was so difficult to read, people were so cruel. Fast flowing story with great characters and even a few you bated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/1/2014

    " One of the best historical fiction novels I've read in a long time. Very good character development. Story moved quickly. Touched my heart in many places and really made me feel like I was living in post-war Mississippi. Great first novel and worthy of the prize it received! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Alexander | 12/25/2013

    " Loved the perspectives of everyone on the farm. We all need a Florence on our side. Laura made sacrifices I'm not sure I could have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 12/23/2013

    " I wish I could give this book six stars. Quick, page-turning read but also dealt with real issues of racism, sexism, and classism in the context of rural Mississippi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graciela | 12/18/2013

    " Touching, very sad story about friendship and prejudice in the south after WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Maupin | 12/12/2013

    " This was hard to take. Maybe too well written -- uncomfortably so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marika | 12/7/2013

    " Great race relations book about the Deep South after World War II. This is a good read if you want a book with justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/16/2013

    " Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viki | 7/21/2013

    " Quick and easy read about a Mississippi delta farmer's family during post WWII. Gave a brutual look at racism and injustice during this time. Hard to read the racial slurs at times but the characters were real and believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Lynn | 5/30/2013

    " Really liked this book, however ending wasn't as good as I had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 9/8/2012

    " A fine read, and quick. The storyline felt very familiar--your typical racial tensions in the Jim Crow south. I found the relationship between the two ex-militarymen to be the most interesting thread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Leadholm | 3/22/2012

    " This book is a great discussion starter for students regarding discrimination and racism. Powerful examples... A fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babette Torres | 2/12/2012

    " I feel wrong giving this story 5 stars. Despite the foundation for which it was written and the fact that it very much was something that happened in another time, the author did an excellent job telling the story- very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Burnette | 12/31/2011

    " I read this book in one day--literally couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 12/26/2011

    " This book was really good. I kept thinking how glad I am to not have been around in that era especially in the south. What's sad is while things have definitely changed, many have not like racism, bigotry & ignorance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Kelly | 9/19/2011

    " Although I read this book more than a year ago, the haunting characters and their harsh, complex lives remain with me. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eydie Okland | 6/15/2011

    " 3.5 stars. good book, but I thought the main female character was weak and she was hard to like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 6/15/2011

    " A fast & enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/22/2011

    " This really was a fantastic book. Just a word of warning though...some bad language and some sketchy content. I just breezed past these and really found the book to be powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/21/2011

    " What can I say...there isn't a wasted word in this memorable work of historic fiction. Perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/19/2011

    " Great book. Loved seeing the story unfold from all of the different perspectives. A quick but intense read. Sad but very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/19/2011

    " Read this book after The Help. Subject again is racism in the South, although during an earlier period. I think this book suffers somewhat in comparison to The Help. I found the character of Laura somewhat flawed and her motivation for having an affair was unrealistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/13/2011

    " Pretty good - The Help is better but this is somewhat like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 5/11/2011

    " I really loved this book. Good writing, good stories, good characters, good ending. Just my genre. I'm going to keep my eye out for more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/9/2011

    " This book had my attention after the first chapter. It was well written and I enjoyed each character's perspective. However, the last fifty pages or so were difficult to read due to events the characters were experiencing. I would definitely recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callistalauren | 5/7/2011

    " Fast paced, love the various narrators. I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma Sue | 5/5/2011

    " Fast-paced, fast read! I have a hunch it's the "easy way out" for an author to write chapters where each one is narrated by a different character. We see quite a bit of that today. Think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 5/3/2011

    " A good read ~ another one of those books that makes you wonder how human beings can treat other human beings so horribly but..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 5/3/2011

    " Multiple stories woven together coupled with a mystery make this such a great book. Also interesting since it talks about life in the Southern United States earlier in the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/3/2011

    " So far I'm enjoying the story. I like the way the story is told by different characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiner | 5/1/2011

    " Awesome book, pulls your emotions in all directions! A must read. "

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About the Author
Author Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan is the author of Mudbound, winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Ezra Knight has appeared in Law & Order and many national commercials, including those for Bank of America and Excedrin. He also has extensive stage experience, which earned him a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his role in Rita Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth.