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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,753 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M.T. Anderson Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Such is our task, and such lies before us all: Liberty or Death.

In the summer of 1775, fleeing from a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British-occupied Boston.

Sundered from all he knows, Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. But in the midst of war, no place is safe. The city of Boston itself is under siege. What follows is a tale of skirmish and flame, flight and fury, and battle on sea and land.

Seeking both the truth of his past and some hope for his future, Octavian encounters generous thieves, pious carpenters, delicate lords, noble cowherds, bedazzled scientists, and murderous rebels - as this astonishing narrative escalates to its startling climax. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schwa51 | 2/3/2014

    " I read these together and they seem as though they were written that way, one continuous story. I enjoyed it as much as the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/2/2014

    " Historical fiction. Do we all know yet that in 1776, the concept of liberty included the liberty/freedom to own slaves? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Osho | 1/18/2014

    " This second volume is less engaging than the first, though still ultimately enjoyable. Octavian is bored, and often, so is the reader. This is tale of a claustrophobic, uncertain time, which also affects the reader. I read the first book very quickly, but this volume took more work. I admire this diptych very much, but I'm not sure that this half would hold a young reader's attention wel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/16/2014

    " If the length of the title is any indication as to the length of the prose, be warned. At 550+ pages of 18th century writing by a classically trained slave, this book is a chore to read. It doesn't help that very little happens. Which is all too bad. It's a fascinating story of an escaped slave joining up with the British and joining the Royal Ethiopian Regiment to fight the revolting Colonials. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mindi | 1/8/2014

    " I didn't like the first volume of Octavian Nothing, so I don't know why I thought I would like this (longer) continuation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 1/2/2014

    " I gave up after 3 discs. I really wanted to like and finish this, but NOTHING was happening. Too bad...I really liked the first one and the narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 11/17/2013

    " Powerful and moving stuff. Much bleaker than the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 10/18/2013

    " It was just as good as the first one--a riveting and unusual look at Revolutionary War times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 3/9/2013

    " Interesting. I learned some things about the Revolutionary War that I didn't know through reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa | 11/18/2012

    " Not as good as the first one and drags in the middle, but still well-done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 10/30/2012

    " An interesting look at the Revolutionary War period through the eyes of a young black man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 7/3/2012

    " I am in awe of Anderson's genius!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasa | 5/21/2012

    " Much more emotionally draining than the first book, and very, very good. Possibly the best thing I read this year. Anderson doesn't cop out with a happy ending, but doesn't beat us over the head with tragedy either. The author's note is actually the perfect way to close. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ma'lis Wendt | 4/2/2012

    " I honestly don't understand how this book was chosen as a Printz Honor book. I couldn't finish it. I found the style turgid and very slow. The research into the historical setting was well done but the characters weren't engaging enough for me to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donita | 3/21/2012

    " Good sequel - interesting seeing a slave's view of the American Revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Lycke | 3/14/2012

    " Slower go for some reason. Distracted by graphic novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ingenue | 12/29/2011

    " BRILLIANT. And now to go kill myself because of the bleak hopelessness of humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joant | 8/8/2011

    " Great story of unwritten Revolutionary History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 6/25/2011

    " I know it definitely isn't for everyone, but I loved this book and its predecessor. They made me consider history from perspectives never given much focus in history books. "

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

    " a great ending... which is really a beginning. octavian is very likable and i empathized with him. this was a great story that i will remember for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 4/22/2011

    " Another good book. Certainly interesting to view the American Revolutionary War from the point of view of a slave and a "traitor to the nation." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " Wow what a follow-up and amazing historical adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/3/2011

    " Eh. This was a hard one to get through, and I am not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/12/2010

    " The sequel problem . . . . "

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