The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP Audiobook, by Alex Tresniowski Play Audiobook Sample

The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP Audiobook

The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP Audiobook, by Alex Tresniowski Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: David Sadzin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797119410

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Longest Chapter Length:

27:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

16 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

14:27 minutes

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Publisher Description

From New York Times bestselling author Alex Tresniowski comes a page-turning, remarkable true-crime thriller recounting the 1910 murder of ten-year-old Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection and the launch of the NAACP.

In the tranquil seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, ten-year-old schoolgirl Marie Smith is brutally murdered. Small town officials, unable to find the culprit, call upon the young manager of a New York detective agency for help. It is the detective’s first murder case, and now, the specifics of the investigation and daring sting operation that caught the killer is captured in all its rich detail for the first time.

Occurring exactly halfway between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the formal beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1954, the brutal murder and its highly-covered investigation sits at the historic intersection of sweeping national forces—religious extremism, class struggle, the infancy of criminal forensics, and America’s Jim Crow racial violence.

History and true crime collide in this sensational murder mystery featuring characters as complex and colorful as those found in the best psychological thrillers—the unconventional truth-seeking detective Ray Schindler; the sinister pedophile Frank Heidemann; the ambitious Asbury Park Sheriff Clarence Hetrick; the mysterious “sting artist,” Carl Neumeister; the indomitable crusader Ida Wells; and the victim, Marie Smith, who represented all the innocent and vulnerable children living in turn-of-the-century America.

Gripping and powerful, The Rope is an important piece of history that gives a voice to the voiceless and resurrects a long-forgotten true crime story that speaks to the very divisions tearing at the nation’s fabric today.

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“Fascinating, important and colorfully reported. When a white detective and a former slave work separately but toward the same goal in an unspeakable murder case in 1910– justice is served. Their moral audacity and persistence highlight a question relevant to today: what kind of America do we want to live in?”

— Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author 


  • “This book is a timely and powerful history lesson wrapped inside a compelling true crime thriller…especially relevant and powerful in today’s regressive political times.”

    — Ben Jealous, former NAACP president

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About Alex Tresniowski

Alex Tresniowski, a former writer for both Time and People magazines, is the author of more than twenty books, including The Vendetta, which was purchased by Universal Studios for the movie Public Enemies. An Invisible Thread was more than twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

About David Sadzin

Sarah Naughton is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and New York City–based actress, singer, comedienne, and voice-over artist. She began her work in the audiobook industry in high school, recording a few young adult titles with the Syracuse-based company Full Cast Audio.