The Prophets Audiobook, by Robert Jones Play Audiobook Sample

The Prophets Audiobook

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Read By: Karen Chilton Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593287002

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66:30 minutes

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11 seconds

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23:29 minutes

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Best Book of the Year NPR • The Washington Post • Boston Globe • TIME • USA Today • Entertainment Weekly • Real Simple • Parade • Buzzfeed • Electric Literature • LitHub • BookRiot • PopSugar • Goop • Library Journal • BookBub • KCRW • Finalist for the National Book Award • One of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year • One of the New York Times Best Historical Fiction of the Year • Instant New York Times Bestseller  A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets fearlessly reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

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“Narrator Karen Chilton’s stunning performance increases the power of this important debut novel…Drawing on the tradition of giving testimony, Chilton’s delivery conveys the personal experiences of the fully developed characters, the collective spiritual and cultural African past of the slaves, and the universality of human emotions and dreams…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A new kind of epic…A grand achievement.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “A nuanced story of love and legacy.”

    — Elle
  • “The Prophets is packed with otherworldly, and supremely artful storytelling, and readers will surely get lost in a radiant romance.”

    — USA Today


  • New York Times bestseller
  • A CNN Pick of Best Books of the Month
  • #1 Amazon bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Finalist for the National Book Award
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2021
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2021
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A USA Today Best Book of 2021
  • A Boston Globe Book of the Year
  • A Real Simple Pick of the Year
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2021
  • A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year Selection
  • An NPR Best Book of 2021

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About Robert Jones

Robert Jones, Jr., author of the debut novel The Prophets, has been featured in T Magazine’s cover story, “Black Male Writers of Our Time.” He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Essence, OkayAfrica, the Feminist Wire, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social justice social media community Son of Baldwin, He was born and raised in New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing with honors and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College.

About Karen Chilton

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, won three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2020 won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns.