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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (81 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Anthony Durham Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When he learns that his pregnant wife has been spirited off to a distant city, William responds as any man might—he drops everything to pursue her. But as a fugitive slave in Antebellum America, he must run a terrifying gauntlet, eluding the many who would re-enslave him while learning to trust the few who dare to aid him on his quest.

Among those hunting William is Morrison, a Scot who as a young man fled the miseries of his homeland only to discover even more brutal realities in the New World. Bearing many scars, including the loss of his beloved brother, Morrison tracks William for reasons of his own, a personal agenda rooted in tragic events that have haunted him for decades.

Following up on his award-winning debut, Gabriel’s Story, David Anthony Durham presents another riveting tale, a brilliantly drawn portrait of America before the Civil War, and a provocative meditation on racial identity, freedom, and equality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Anthony Durham…has formed his own inclusive and original vision of American society, nourished by a nuanced understanding of history and an intuitive, almost spooky feel for the inner lives of its inhabitants…Walk through Darkness remains a hugely ambitious book that leaves the reader wondering, and waiting for, what Durham will do next.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Poetically graceful…Combines history and morality with a dynamic intelligence.” New York Times
  • “The scope of Walk through Darkness is immeasurably grand, and its story involves us on a primal, irresistible level.”


  • “Evocative and finely wrought…Resonates with the great American historical irony.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The story of Civil War–era America, magnificently told.”

    Washington Post

  • “Black and white was never so gray, and gray was never so vibrant as it streams across [these] pages…Durham remains not just a startlingly poetic African American voice but a welcome voice in the rich spectrum of American letters.”

    Denver Post

  • “Powerfully written and emotionally devastating…Durham’s writing is forceful and full of startling imagery.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Walk through Darkness gets under your skin and stays there. In language both disturbing and haunting, Durham presents a many-layered story of love and race and, ultimately, the very issue of humanity itself. With masterful ease he plumbs the crevices of our collective consciousness and reveals not only the terrible truths but also the lustrous beauties that reside there.”

    Jeffrey Lent, author of In the Fall

  • “Rich, evocative…A complex story that is uniquely American.”

    Philadelphia Tribune

  • “Complex, brilliantly written, and deeply engaging, Walk through Darkness shows a young novelist building on his formidable narrative gifts to produce a powerful work of historical fiction.”


  • “Part love story, part historical drama, Durham achieves something that lesser authors can only dream of: he blends the various elements of his novel seamlessly, integrating a number of disparate characters, settings, and ideas into a lyrical, cohesive whole.”

    News & Observer (Raleigh)

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret | 10/21/2013

    " The story of a runaway slave, running to the woman he love, and the man tracking him. Very griping and very interesting. Set around the Chesapeake. A traditional Cain and Abel story. Shocking turns and surprising reveals. I won't spoil it. It was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clare | 6/23/2013

    " This book was really two stories in one - a young man escaping slavery in the south and the life of the man pursuing him. This tale portrays the brutal ugliness of slavery in all it's many aspects, but I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen to William, the young black man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by bruin | 3/8/2012

    " gorgeous and haunting. filled me with resilience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marvin | 7/13/2011

    " I read this in 2 days. It's one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a while, a dark story of a runaway slave and the white man who's tracking him for distinctive reasons that are revealed through hints gradually throughout the book. "

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About the Author
Author David Anthony Durham

David Anthony Durham earned an MFA from the University of Maryland. His first novel, Gabriel’s Story, was published to wide acclaim in 2001. He has won several awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fiction Award, a First Novel Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and a Legacy Award. His short fiction appears in Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing. He lives with his wife and two children California and teaches creative writing at Cal St. Fresno.