Native Son

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Product Number: Z1090
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449878337
Narrator/s: Peter Francis James
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Since its publication in 1940, Native Son has become a classic of African-American literature and one of the most important books of this century. A stark and troubling account of murder, guilt, and racial hatred, it was among the first works to sound the alarm for the impending social violence that would explode during the 1960s. Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old black man, is uneducated, unsophisticated, and unemployed. When a wealthy family offers him a chauffeur's position, Bigger is torn between gratitude for the job and anger over his subservient status. On his first evening, the family's daughter orders Bigger to spend a drunken night on the town with her and a gentleman friend. But events spin out of control and, by morning, the young woman is dead. Divided into sections entitled Fear, Flight, and Fate, Native Son tells a story that is still repeated in court cases involving black men across the country. This powerful narration by Peter Francis James marks the first time Wright's landmark work has been available unabridged on audio.

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Product Number:Z1090

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Author(s): Richard Wright
Narrator(s): Peter Francis James
Product Number C1654
Released: Jan 25, 2002
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ISBN: #9781402515583
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Author(s): Richard Wright
Narrator(s): Peter Francis James
Product Number Z100010010
Released: Apr 28, 2009
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ISBN: #9780060886394
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Author(s): Richard Wright
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Released: Mar 20, 2014
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ISBN: #9780061935411
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Author(s): Richard Wright
Narrator(s): Peter Francis James
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Released: Jul 19, 2004
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ISBN: #9781402550935
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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Richard Wright
Product Number 43394
Released: Nov 27, 2000
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Author(s): Richard Wright
Product Number 12841
Released: Jan 14, 2000
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Publisher: Harper Audio
ISBN: #9780060837563

Professional reviews

"Polite and even fearful in the presence of his white "betters," Bigger Thomas also hates them with a passion not even he can fully fathom. When he says "Yes, Sir" and "No, Sir," narrator Peter Francis James gets the menace in there behind the stilted manners. James has a gorgeous voice, a voice to fill a room with, and plays some characters with dash and conviction. Unfortunately, he reads the all-knowing narrator with less modulation, reminding us that the book is half novel and half political manifesto. Still, this is memorable presentation of a landmark in American literature. Bigger Thomas thinks and then does the unthinkable. He was invented in 1940. Now he has a voice. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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