Please note: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. Start Publishing Notes´ Summary, Analysis, and Review of Colson Whitehead´s The Underground Railroad: A Novel, includes a summary of the audiobook, review, analysis & key takeaways, and detailed ´´About the Author´´ section. Preview: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, is an audiobook about Cora, an enslaved woman in Georgia who escapes from a plantation and heads north. The audiobook is loosely based on real slave narratives. However, it includes fantastic and ahistorical elements. For example, the historical Underground Railroad was a network, which helped slaves escape. In the audiobook, the Underground Railroad is an actual buried railway line. Ajarry, Cora´s grandmother, was enslaved in Africa and shipped to America. She was sold many times before she ended up on the Randall plantation in Georgia, where she bore Cora´s mother, Mabel. Mabel ran away from the plantation when Cora was 10, leaving the girl to fend for herself. Cora hated Mabel for leaving her. She never found out that Mabel had in fact only gotten a few miles from the plantation, and then decided to turn back, because she couldn´t bear abandoning her child. However, before she could return, a poisonous snake bit her and she died in the swamp. The slave catcher who was hired to bring her back, named Ridgeway, never found her. His failure nagged at him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092142/bk_acx0_092142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1899 Jeremy, a young engineer, leaves a small town in Maine to oversee the construction of a railroad across East Africa. In charge of hundreds of Indian laborers, he soon finds himself the reluctant hunter of two lions that are killing his men in almost nightly attacks on their camp. Plagued by fear, wracked with malaria and alienated by a secret he can tell no one, he takes increasing solace in the company of the African who helps him hunt. In 2000 Max, an American ethnobotonist, travels to Rwanda in search of an obscure vine that could become a lifesaving pharmaceutical. Stationed in the mountains, she closely shadows a family of gorillas, the last of their group to survive the encroachment of local poachers. Max bears a striking gift for understanding the ape´s non-verbal communication, but their precarious solidarity is threatened as a violent rebel group from the nearby Congo draws close. 1. Language: English. Narrator: P.J. Ochlan, Yetide Badaki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017244/bk_adbl_017244_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa by telling the story of the birth of Kenya´s railroad. Set in the shadow of Kenya´s independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism and the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives and loves of three men: preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim, whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Years later, when Babu´s grandson, Rajan - who ekes out a living by singing Babu´s epic tales of the railway´s construction - accidentally kisses a mysterious stranger in a dark nightclub, the encounter provides the spark to illuminate the three men´s shared murky past. Dance of the Jakaranda could well be a story of globalization - not just for its riveting multiracial, multicultural cast but also due to its diverse literary allusions: from Chekhovian comedy to Kafkasque caricatures, or magical realism popularized by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Yet the novel is firmly anchored in the African storytelling tradition, its language a dreamy, exalted, and earthy mix that creates new thresholds of identity, providing a fresh metaphor for race in contemporary Africa. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sibi-Okumu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009947/bk_reco_009947_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s all here: Adventures in Africa, Azerbaijan and the Arctic. Headhunters and prayer flags, liars and thieves, evil spirits and atrocious food. From Tbilisi to Tibet to the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Common Sense and Whiskey is a crisp survey of what´s it´s like in the real world. You can handle just about anything out on the road with a believable grin, common sense, and whiskey. That´s been the author´s theory, anyway, for 25 years of international travel. So far, so good. And now, in a new audiobook narrated by the author, Common Sense and Whiskey distills the most memorable experiences of a lifetime of travel to some of the world´s least visited places. Fifteen stories from Bhutan, Borneo, Burma, Greenland, Guangxi, Lake Baikal, Madagascar, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Chilean Patagonia, the Southern Caucasus, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Sri Lanka and Tibet. For travelers - experienced, aspiring and armchair alike - Common Sense and Whiskey is something to sip slowly and savor. Perceptive travel tales, well told. Narrated by Bill Murray, whose day job for 30 years has been recording radio and television voiceovers. This is the author´s sixth audiobook as narrator. ´´Please note that the author/narrator is NOT the actor Bill Murray.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Murray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057149/bk_acx0_057149_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers´ now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as ´´A Negro ´Believe It or Not´´´. Rogers´ little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers´ was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the ´´facts´´ and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then. With élan and erudition - and with winning enthusiasm - Henry Louis Gates Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Rogers´ work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African American history in question-and-answer format. Among the 100 questions: Who were Africa´s first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history´s wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better? Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous - all the while highly instructive and entertaining - compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being ´´Negro´´ in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005382/bk_rand_005382_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.