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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest J. Gaines Narrator: Lynne Thigpen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781470354923
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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman has sold over a million copies nationwide since its publication in 1971, making the fictional character of Miss Jane so real many people don’t know she exists only in the imagination of Louisiana-born author Ernest J. Gaines. Miss Jane is 100 years old when she is interviewed by an area high school teacher looking to teach his students more about plantation society in the Deep South. Her story is not only a vivid picture of the South before the dawn of the civil rights era, but also a story of one woman’s survival against overwhelming odds. A stunning autobiography of a courageous woman who won her battles with grace and dignity. Born a slave and freed when she was ten, Jane leaves the plantation of her childhood and heads in the direction of Ohio in search of a white abolitionist who once befriended her. Accompanied by Ned, a young orphan, Jane struggles to get out of Louisiana. What happens in the years that follow is a tale of loss and heartache and renewed hope, imprinted on its aged teller’s face like furrows in a russet field. Now, in the racial upheavals of the ’60s, Miss Jane brings closure to one generation, and inspiration to the next.

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  • “Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that exudes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Kw | 2/19/2014

    " Superb language makes you feel like you are there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lsilberman | 2/10/2014

    " I don't think Mr. Gaines missed much--this book seemed to be written in a realistic manner. And the author writes well, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 2/4/2014

    " I'm always fascinated with Black-American history. I cannot wrap my head around slavery. To be owned? Not only that, but what happens when you're told you're free? You have nothing and are still viewed as nothing in some places. No, not completely nothing, but livestock; less than human. This fictional autobiography is told from the perspective of an elderly black woman recounting her past as she journeyd through her new "freedom". It is filled with tragedy and hardship, but there is hope speckled throughout. It is a slow-seeping hope that one day all Americans will not only be treated equally, but believe that they are equal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 1/21/2014

    " Painful and thought-provoking. A look at a beautiful life during an ugly, ugly time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/21/2014

    " story of 110 year old former slave looking back over her life and sharing her travels from the end of slavery, her search for Ohio and for freedom, her life on Louisiana plantations and her part in the fight for Civil Rights. Well written story. "

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

    " I remember sobbing like a baby when I first read this book, it felt so authentic and real. If I didn't already know this was a fiction novel, it could easily be biography. I saw this author do a reading once, and it was great, he read like he wrote and his voice was forever my narrator whenever I read his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 1/15/2014

    " The only real problem I had with this book was that there was no story. Period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/5/2014

    " This is a really fascinating story. Before I started reading it, I expected to learn all kinds of things about the historical events that happened during Miss Jane's life. That's not really the case, but in a way it's a better story for that. When I thought about it, I realized that real autobiographies don't usually focus on what's happening in the world--they focus on what's happening in that person's life. Of course, the big events affect people's lives, but by getting the personal experiences instead of news updates, we learn more about what it was like to live throughout the different time periods. Although Miss Jane shares her stories, she doesn't often reveal her feelings about the things that happen to her. Although this seems to fit with her practical personality, I wish we readers got to hear more of her personal opinions. Still, this is a super-interesting story about one incredible woman's journey through several pivotal points in American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudee Hunter | 1/3/2014

    " An eye opening portrayal of how slavery affected the lives of many in South America. A lot of history is encapsulated in this interested novel particularly with regard to the fight for freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zara | 12/31/2013

    " I loved this book - loved the diction and the imaginative creation of Jane's life: Simple and beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mamylon | 12/28/2013

    " Hella Tite. Might waffle on this and change it to four stars later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 11/19/2013

    " Wonderfully inspiring and powerful, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a work of art. As an in-depth analysis of black feelings in the south after the war, this book proves its utility and emotional strength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Franklin | 11/11/2013

    " An incredible family saga... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/20/2013

    " This is the first book I read by Ernest J. Gains and it has been the standard holder for me. Everything about this book is interesting. Miss Jane Pittman is the elder that you want to sit on the floor and listen to by the fire, cracking peanuts. A highly recommended read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book--it was inspiring and enlightening. It's the story of a woman who lived so long that she saw both slavery and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 6/6/2013

    " This book was really good, it showed the history of a woman who lived to be over 100 years old. She's seen it all and suffered through what people today in America would never imagine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mjcouzelis | 3/9/2013

    " I love anything Gaines writes! This is a fictional account (don't be fooled by the title) of a woman who lived from slavery to the Civil Rights movement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/7/2013

    " Amazing story of a woman born into slavery but lived to see the racial violence in the 1960's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarabia | 8/30/2012

    " The AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN is an awesome book. Thw book is a fictional book about a 100 year old African American woman who survives slavery, take care of a little boy whose mother died,etc. The book is very amusing and keeps the reader's attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/15/2012

    " Wonderful look at the life of a freed slave after the Civil War and the prejudices that still existed in the South. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 12/19/2011

    " So insanely dense and dull, it takes me twice as long to read as normal... urg! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 10/27/2011

    " Great character and writing, takes us through one person's view of historical events. Makes us understand why some people could or could not do some things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi | 10/24/2011

    " I really recommend this book. I read it for school and was hooked. It is pretty intense so you might wanna hold off if you don't think you can handle it. It's about the life of a black woman from the age 11 or 12 to 110. Pretty amazing. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathon | 7/13/2011

    " i loved this book! the story is just amazing... i would certainly read it again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 6/11/2011

    " A profound book that should be added to any history-lover's collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/30/2011

    " Wonderful look at the life of a freed slave after the Civil War and the prejudices that still existed in the South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/15/2011

    " I read this with my high school freshmen. They thoroughly enjoy the book. They tend to get lost in her story and forget that it isn't truly an autobiography. The dialect confuses them initially; I appreciate the dialect. It contributes greatly to being able to picture Miss Jane in my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 2/6/2011

    " Allows you to see into a life of a slave and her goal to freedom. Deeply inspiring and moving. Filled with history and tragedy and love and prayer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary | 12/11/2010

    " Learned so much from this book, loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 11/8/2010

    " I don't know why I've never read this before, but it's excellent. Sheila and I listened to it on tape while driving and both loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/6/2010

    " Great story. I would recommend it to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josabry | 4/29/2010

    " This is a beautiful, well told story of the life of an ordinary, extrordinary woman. I know, sounds like an oxymoron? But it's true. I have read this book a half dozen times, always getting something new from it. "

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About the Author
Author Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His 1993 novel, A Lesson before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

About the Narrator

Multi-talented actress Lynne Thigpen (1948–2003) was born in Joliet, Illinois. She performed in community theater and university theater productions while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Following graduation, she taught high-school English for a short time, but her interest in acting eventually prevailed over teaching. During her thirty-year career, Lynne went on to appear in nearly forty movies and numerous television series