The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel Audiobook, by Colson Whitehead Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Colson Whitehead Narrator: Colson Whitehead, JD Jackson Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: July 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781984891389

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In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.   When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.   Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers and “should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation's best" (Entertainment Weekly).  Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, coming this September!

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  • "Every chapter hits its marks…It is justice.”

    - New York Times
  • “Stellar…heartbreaking…a beautiful, unforgettable young hero who walks right off the page and into your heart.”

    - Newsday
  • “Again [Whitehead is] wrestling with American history’s reverberations.”

    - O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Magnificent…Whitehead’s prose is meticulous; he nimbly shifts between the 1960s and present day, creating a fully fleshed-out picture of violence and (in)justice.”

    - BuzzFeed
  • “Whitehead’s brilliant examination of America’s history of violence is a stunning novel of impeccable language and startling insight.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Whitehead’s novel displays its author’s facility with violent imagery and his skill at weaving narrative strands into an ingenious, if disquieting whole.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Whitehead’s magnetic characters exemplify stoicism and courage, and each supremely crafted scene smolders and flares with injustice and resistance, building to a staggering revelation.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “In an unvarnished performance, JD Jackson captures the inevitable aftermath of America’s buried legacy of racism and violence…Jackson’s deep, gravelly voice remains steady while navigating the often harsh narrative. However, when Elwood reflects on the words of Dr. King, Jackson transforms his voice to reflect their echoing impact and the stark contrast to the reality at hand. ”

    - AudioFile


  • A July 2019 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Literary Hub Pick of the Best Reviewed Books This Week
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in African American Literature
  • A BookPage Top Pick for August in Historical Fiction
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
  • Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Finalist for the 2020 Southern Book Prize for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year selection
  • Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize
  • A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narration
  • Winner of an Alex Award
  • Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year selection
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About the Author

Colson Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Underground Railroad, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

About the Narrator

JD Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.