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4.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 5 4.33 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nella Larsen Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781461811138
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First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/24/2011

    " A fascinating and dense read that interrogates not only what it means to be "black" or "white", but also asks questions of womanhood, motherhood and desire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 camden | 10/19/2011

    " Right before I started this book, I was sitting in the library and this lady came up to me and asked me what I was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/20/2011

    " Powerful and had me on the edge of my seat until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 9/8/2011

    " I loved this novella. Nella Larsen introduces us to the world of passing off as a white person during the Harlem Renaissance. The twists and turns keep the reader hooked. It is a wonderful book to use in the classroom (older students). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 8/8/2011

    " Psychological thriller. Short story - interesting character study. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. | 8/3/2011

    " Love, love, love this book. Been on my shelf for years. It is simply brilliant. "

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About the Author
Author Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen (1891–1964) was the author of two novels and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-nine AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.