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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (589 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Clarke Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781440774447
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Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke’s masterpiece. On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book
  • Winner of the 2002 Trillium Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia Haynes | 2/16/2014

    " Loved The Polished Hoe. Austin Clarke wove a story that kept my face glued to the pages of the book. It is a story woven in the tradition of the storytellers of old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa | 2/15/2014

    " When I began reading this book, I was excited. Very interesting. Then, before long, I grew bored. By the end of the book, I couldn't wait to be finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenda Quinn | 2/13/2014

    " Potential to be GREAT but way too much detail. Powerful story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol Mason | 1/25/2014

    " Don't waste your time! Can't believe this won awards. Very hard to follow who is talking and whether they are talking about current or past (or imagined) events. "

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

    " It is a rare occurrence when I don't finish a book and this was one of those instances. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'll try again some other time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/12/2014

    " A poetic, meandering confession, the novel evokes the tropics in nearly every syllable, to the point that I could smell the sea and feel the hot, wet air. For a book that deals explicitly with the violence and brutality of post-slavery plantation life, "The Polished Hoe" is occasionally, oddly, sweet and more than a little dreamy. The more I think about it, the better I think this book was, but it takes a good long while to wander back to the point. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helle Lee-Smith | 1/3/2014

    " Painful. It's rare that I start a book without finishing it. Boring, slow, yawn. Can't do it, sorry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 No1africanviolet | 1/3/2014

    " the language was so hard to read and understand. I did not finish it. I am glad to read that it is a rather good book. I just could not do it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 12/14/2013

    " The downside of e-reading is that, when you buy a book that is a total yawn-fest, you can't pass it on to a friend who might actually enjoy it. I've read about 30% of this and I can't go on. Maybe I'll give it another try in a couple of months. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 12/7/2013

    " Well written. Just couldn't get into it. Pacing is way way off. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2013

    " I had the hardest time reading this book. It reminded me of La Sagouine, but written in English. No action, lots of monologues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Audrey Pryce | 11/27/2013

    " I love a good caribbean slave story but this one I could not get into. Too drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/13/2013

    " I loved this book the main character and her dialogue were amazing, I kept picturing Calypso from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Highly reccomend this one to anyone. I am a Sci FI, Fantasy & Horror lover, but I still really loved this one. Very well worth the $2 I paid at an Op shop!!!Bargain "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 6/28/2013

    " Worth reading. The book is one long conversation! About black slavery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Giselle | 7/11/2012

    " It was just too long and I felt as though it draged a bit, however I would recomend this book give it a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tehsin | 7/5/2012

    " The narrative is absolutely fabulous. The story of Mary Mathilda Gertrude Bellfeels is spellbinding. One of the most captivating books I read. A real page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia Chai | 4/25/2012

    " It was confusing and mesmerizing at the same time. A bit of a 'round and round we go' kind of feeling, but it kept me intrigued until the end. Surprising ending too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jdhiltz | 4/9/2012

    " Great novel. Great weaving of characters, mystery and powers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ana | 4/10/2011

    " Meh. Took me over a month to read it, which is super slow for me. I had a hard time following the timeline, which jumped around a lot with no warning. It got good at the end, but it shouldn't have taken hundreds of pages to get good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Roberts | 2/16/2011

    " Really want to give this book another try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/7/2011

    " It's good but it's slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karri-mae Meidlein | 5/15/2010

    " I can't finish this book. The detail is too much and the story is dragging on. I tried a few times to finish it but I just can't do it...painful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sha-shonda Porter | 3/19/2010

    " This novel has a very distinctive narrative style, which demands the reader's full attention. Austin does a great job of using organic storytelling as a means of revealing characters, their thoughts, actions, and experiences. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen Ross | 3/1/2010

    " I did not love this book. I found it very repetative. A small twist to the story, but much to long for the content "

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About the Author

Austin Clarke is a professor of literature and has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Williams, Duke, and the Universities of Texas and Indiana. He assisted in setting up a black studies program at Yale in 1968, after which he became the cultural attaché of the Embassy of Barbados in Washington, DC. Culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe, which won the Giller Prize, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Trillium Prize, his work since 1964 includes nearly a dozen novels, several short-story collections, and a few memoirs. He lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-six AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.