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Author: C. E. Morgan Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781427272645
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Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.

A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself—a moral epic for our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The splendor and barbarism of horse racing and the legacy of slavery are just two of the threads in this sprawling, magisterial Southern Gothic for the twenty-first century.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] distinctly Southern epic novel about a wealthy Kentucky horseracing dynasty set against a backdrop of prejudice and poverty.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A mud-flecked epic, replete with fertile symbolism, that hurtles through generations of Kentucky history.”

    New York Times

  • “[From] the new torchbearer of the Southern Gothic tradition…[comes] a panoramic view of race relations in America…It’s a bleak and bitter inversion of the American dream ― a world in which circumstances are impossible to change, and legacies impossible to shake.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Morgan’s novel is a magnificent achievement, one that grapples with the weight of the past and the near universal desire to make your own destiny.”

  • “Boasts a plot that maintains tension and pace, and Morgan weaves its characters, its themes, its several histories together in a marvelous display of literary control and follow-through.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “[A] vivid epic of rage and racism on a Kentucky stud farm exposes the myth of the American dream.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “An epic novel steeped in American history and geography…Morgan’s gothic tale of Southern decadence deepens into a searing investigation of racism’s enduring legacy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for May 2016
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice for Horse and Writer Novels
  • Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
  • A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Audiobooks of 2016
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Winner of Kirkus Prize Winner, 2016
  • Among shortlisted titles for Women's Prize for Fiction - Shortlist, 2017
  • Among shortlisted titles for Pulitzer Prize - Finalist, 2017
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among shortlisted titles for Folio Prize Shortlist, 2017
  • Among shortlisted titles for Kirkus Prize Finalists, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016

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About the Author

C. E. Morgan studied English and voice at Berea College and holds a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She was named one of the five Best Writers under 35 by the National Book Foundation.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.