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Sold Down the River Audiobook

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Read By: Ron Butler Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Benjamin January Mysteries Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781799922254

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Longest Chapter Length:

43:57 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:22 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

31:06 minutes

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Publisher Description

Penetrating the murkiest corners of glittering New Orleans society, Benjamin January brought murderers to justice in A Free Man of Color, Fever Season, and Graveyard Dust. Now, in Barbara Hambly’s haunting new novel, he risks his life in a violent plantation world darker than anything in the city …

When slave owner Simon Fourchet asks Benjamin January to investigate sabotage, arson, and murder on his plantation, January is reluctant to do any favors for the savage man who owned him until he was seven. But he knows too well that plantation justice means that if the true culprit is not found, every slave on Mon Triomphe will suffer.

Abandoning his Parisian French for the African patois of a field hand, cutting cane until his bones ache and his musician’s hands bleed, Benjamin must use all his intelligence and cunning to find the killer—or find himself sold down the river.

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“The darkest time in American history comes alive in Hambly’s unforgettable series…. [A] fiercely burning picture of the horrors of slavery … astonishing.”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “A masterly piece of historical storytelling.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “The novel’s plot is filled with brilliant twists and Hambly writes with inspired magic.”

    — Greensboro News & Record (North Carolina)
  • “Searing.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Hambly effectively combines three genres—mystery, historical fiction, mainstream melodrama—in this disturbing but quite moving story.”

    — Booklist

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About Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly has written novels in many genres, from mysteries to science fiction and fantasy. Four of her science fiction novels made the New York Times bestsellers list, and her historical mystery novels have won awards and consistently earn starred reviews. She holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and teaches at a local college.

About Ron Butler

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.