The underground railroad (oprah's book club) [electronic resource] : A Novel. Colson Whitehead.

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    • Publication Information:
      Unabridged.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
    • Notes:
      Narrator: Bahni Turpin.
    • Notes:
      Unabridged.
      Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 301849 KB).
    • ISBN:
      9781524736286 (sound recording)
    • Accession Number:
      fay.602312
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      WHITEHEAD, C.; TURPIN, B. The underground railroad (oprah’s book club) [electronic resource] : A Novel. [s.l.] : Random House Audio, 2016. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 24 jul. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Whitehead C, Turpin B. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club) [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. Random House Audio; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312. Accessed July 24, 2019.
    • APA:
      Whitehead, C., & Turpin, B. (2016). The underground railroad (oprah’s book club) [electronic resource] : A Novel. Random House Audio. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Whitehead, Colson, and Bahni Turpin. 2016. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club) [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. Random House Audio. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312.
    • Harvard:
      Whitehead, C. and Turpin, B. (2016) The underground railroad (oprah’s book club) [electronic resource] : A Novel. Random House Audio. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312 (Accessed: 24 July 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Whitehead, C & Turpin, B 2016, The underground railroad (oprah’s book club) [electronic resource] : A Novel, Random House Audio, viewed 24 July 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Whitehead, Colson, and Bahni Turpin. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club) [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. Random House Audio, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Whitehead, Colson, and Bahni Turpin. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club) [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. Random House Audio, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Whitehead C, Turpin B. The underground railroad (oprah’s book club) [electronic resource] : A Novel [Internet]. Random House Audio; 2016 [cited 2019 Jul 24]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.602312

Reviews

PW Reviews 2016 October #1

Audiobook fans will certainly not be disappointed by versatile actor Turpin's performance of Whitehead's powerful historical novel, which tells the story of Cora, a teenage slave girl who lives on a cotton plantation in 1850s Georgia. After several public whippings by the plantation's new owner, she decides to flee north on the Underground Railroad. Turpin manages to shift between the ages, races, and accents of the large cast of characters with remarkable ease. Her turn as Cora mesmerizes with its display of conflicting emotions and attachments. Yet she is equally gifted in her depiction of white slave catcher Ridgeway, Cora's longtime nemesis, whose cruelty is made all the more chilling given his curious eccentricities. Turpin takes great pains to handle the nuances of dialect without resorting to caricature. A Doubleday hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.