The Good Lord Bird

A Novel
Author(s): James McBride
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (14.47 hours)
Product Number: Z100101142
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781624067112
Narrator/s: Michael Boatman
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Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

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Author(s): James McBride
Product Number EB00394055
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9781101616185

Professional reviews

"James McBrideOs witty, imaginative take on history has a hero as inventive as Huckleberry Finn and as comical as Little Big Man. After a church fire in the 1960s, a notebook is discovered. It turns out to be the remembrances of Henry Shackleford, a young slave who is mistaken for and passes as a girl in order to survive in Kansas in 1857. Michael Boatman gives an amazing performance as 10-year-old Henry/Henrietta recounts his time with abolitionist John Brown. Boatman takes us on a wild ride, giving an authentic ring to such real characters as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. He masterfully delivers McBrideOs wonderful wordplayNfrom HenryOs wisecracking attitude to John BrownOs Bible-quoting orations. A great story. A great narration. Listening at its finest. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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