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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, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for The Pirate’s Daughter and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for Brother, I’m Dying.