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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781101604397
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New York Times bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions, and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.

In Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.

Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rich, well-researched novel.”

    NPR

  • “Chevalier...has accomplished something...emotionally riveting...The protagonist’s vividly human individuality makes the author’s pitch-perfect set piece about our nation’s (ongoing) growing pains irresistible.”

    Oprah.com

  • “A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • “Haunting...[A] thought-provoking, lyrical novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chevalier’s writing continues to have that can’t-put-it-down quality, and her change in settings from Europe to ninteenth-century frontier America is a welcome one. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for New Titles in April 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/19/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook- it's a good production, a little slow but still enjoyable...much like Remarkable Creatures in style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Burlette | 2/13/2014

    " I think this book started out slow, but kept me interested and then I could not put it down. Enjoyed it!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Sharf | 2/1/2014

    " I love Tracy Chevalier and I read most of her books. This is her worst yet, in my opinion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margret | 1/28/2014

    " I particularly like early American fiction that tells a woman's story. This was a great immigrant story. If you like historical fiction you will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/20/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable and my kindle version came with bonus explanatory notes on the background to the Underground Railway. I knew little about Quakers and found their faith interesting. If I hadn't just been floored by The Dovekeepers which I adored I am sure I would have given 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Vieth | 1/17/2014

    " Not that into it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Johnson | 1/16/2014

    " Very interesting and enjoyable. I liked the main character and found the historical detail convincing. I felt like I had some sense of what living in the time period would be like. I also enjoyed the descriptions of small-town 19th century Ohio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reva | 1/15/2014

    " Very interesting to think/learn about how different life would be if it was 1850 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Downs | 1/13/2014

    " This book was very interesting. I learned some more about the Underground Railroad. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Drummond-mcewan | 12/31/2013

    " I did enjoy this book somewhat. However it lacked something. It was very descriptive in certain aspects and vague in others. At one point I thought about closing it and moving on to something else but for whatever reason I didnt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mole Chapman | 11/30/2013

    " well written. A good bed time read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/26/2013

    " I love Tracy Chevalier and read everything that she writes, but I find this one a bit disappointing. It was somewhat predictable and just left me wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jhwood31 | 10/21/2013

    " So different from her other books in terms of time and place. I didn't know a lot about the Quakers' role in the underground railroad or Quakers in general, the quilting, customs, etc. I really enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea R | 9/12/2013

    " A quick, interesting read (if a tiny bit predictable). It is well-done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Stafford | 8/26/2013

    " Interesting through the entire book. I enjoyed this above The Girl with the Pearl Earring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helena | 7/25/2013

    " First novel I've read in ages and it was a page turner. Interesting insight into the railroad helping slaves escape from the South to Canada in the Nineteenth Century. Not as intellectually tight as previous works but I enjoyed it nonetheless! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oceantide74 | 6/28/2013

    " I'm kind of torn on how to rate this book. Her writing is usually so rich and I feel like this book was a downgrade of it. It definitely kept my interest but I kept waiting for more substance and just felt like something was missing and couldn't help feeling there were tinges of cliches in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 5/9/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. Chevalier again has written an excellent novel with a complex plot and superb characters. Well written and a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abcdarian | 4/21/2013

    " 3-1/2 stars. Not quite Girl with a Pearl Earring, but pretty good. Set in America rather than Europe, so a very different feel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 4/20/2013

    " Very descriptive, and a quick, enjoyable read, but lacking the depth that I expected regarding the Underground Railroad and life as a Quaker in early Ohio. I wanted to be immersed in this story and time period and instead felt that I was experiencing the Lifetime version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nomi | 4/4/2013

    " Engaging historical fiction with only some predictability. I love those Quakers and their convictions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Nielsen | 1/26/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book, while learning a little history too. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.