Written By: Harper Lee

Narrated By: Reese Witherspoon

Date: July 2015

Duration: 6 hours 58 minutes


Performed by Reese Witherspoon

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Go Set a Watchman is such an important book, perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades.'  — New York Times 

A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.


  • Mary Craig

    I enjoyed the reading by Reese Witherspoon but the story itself was not compelling to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Patricia Cox

    This book is a perfect follow up to "To Kill a Mockingbird".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ellen Martz

    This novel is the perfect is on to Mockingbird . Harper moves you beyond the hopelessly perfect world that all of us Jean Louises, into a world that Atticus could be human in. I loved it. Naturally, Reese was excellent but struggled a bit early on in separating out the vocals of her characters .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Beverly linstra

    Read carefully and comprehend the message of caution...beware of easy answers

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Very good book.

  • Melissa6245

    Reese Witherspoon narrating this story made it so much better. I found myself giggling at different parts. The book is definitely worth a listen!

  • Anonymous

    Problem with the fact that TKAM is written from the perspective of scout as an adult which conflicts with this version of events… Not to mention that in this version ,Atticus won Tom Robinson's case.

  • Patricia B.

    This follow a path of slow closure. Times change but many truthful things still exist in the south.

  • Pam W

    Dragged out a bit in places.

  • Christopher Althoff

    The questions posed in this novel are not about race relations. Don't read it with such expectations.

  • Holly Bradford

    Very easy listen, classic Harper Lee style. Enjoyed the book will recommend to other readers

  • Ana Tuckman

    This was the worst book ever written. Very little happens except the melodramatic and whiny diatribes of self-centered, spoiled Scout. I finished it because it was a free Audio book and tried out the system for walking. It put me off Audio books altogether since if it had been a book I would have just skimmed over the pages and not have to listen to Reese Witherspoon's insufferable Southern twang - but in fairness there was not much she could do with the material.

  • Jackie Vance

    After 'To Kill A Mockingbird', this book comes in a very distant 3rd. Oh well.

  • Andrea Sears

    Disappointing after TKAMB...I really thought we'd see the scout we knew before.

  • Dori Augustine

    The book was shocking, that's for sure. But if offers a unique perspective on what was happening in the South during that time. If they ever make this book into a movie, the only person who could play Jean Louise is Reese Witherspoon. Her narration was beautiful.

  • Sean Carrigan

    I loved TKAM and had to read this book. I was shocked and surprised. It was real and true to life in the south in the 1950's. I wasn't expecting such a change in perspective but that's why it's real; TKAM was written from a six year old girls perspective and how she saw the world and her Father. Upon returning to the town that shaped her she sees things as they are; gritty and complex. I don't want to give anything away. We took a long drive from Cali to Utah and the audio-book sure made the trip a lot easier, Reese Witherspoon did an amazing job as a 26 year old Scout and an equally good job as a 72 year old Aticus, she was perfect. The story had some good times with Scout, Jem and Dill as youths but the rest of the story was very surprising and when it was over we turned it off and rode in silence for a few miles just to let it all sink in. The story had to be told.

  • Rebecca Parrott

    I truly enjoyed Reese Witherspoon as the narrator. And the book shook me unexpectedly at the end. I haven't experienced that in a very long time. Another classic. I'll listen again.

  • Elizabeth Kerns

    There is no way you can be objective if you love the characters in TKAM. Even with the understanding that this was "work in progress" the change of perspective does not lend itself to a total change of character development. Harper Lee was right in her original decision to not publish this work. Do not read!

  • karen vey

    Best part about this book was Reese Witherspoon's narration! Otherwise very boring read.

  • jennifer jones

    This book has generated an interesting conversation-which I think is the point of a well written story. The take away is so different from person to person. I think the narrative was well written, and thought through. It is a book better understood on a deeper level, and not the initial surface reaction you may have to parts of the story. Witherspoon's narration was spot on. It is nice to hear a southern twang that is authentic and perfect for the story. I loved this book. It only makes me the sadder we will not have the experience of any more Harper Lee stories. It also made me want to re-read Mockingbird. This book exemplifies realitly then and now. Worth a read-

  • Joe Joseph

    The book was good, but I enjoyed the flash-backs to her youth days, as apparently the publishers also did. The ending to me was somewhat disapointing and anticlimatic. Mrj

  • Karmen Palmer

    We simply could not finish this one. We purchased it for entertainment on a trip, however we found it dragged on and was better for putting us to sleep. It was quite disappointing as we were excited by the promise of such an iconic author.

  • Michael Thonney

    This prequel has interesting stories about the old South and embellishes on the interesting characters in "To Kill a Mocking Bird." The story line will be difficult to follow and not very interesting to readers who have not already read or heard "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Reese Witherspoon was a great narrator who made what would probably be a boring read come to life.

  • Nicole O'Hara

    Worth reading just because of the iconic author and success of the prequel. Ably narrated by Reese Witherspoon. I felt the book was a bit odd - the take-away made sense but you went through a lot of nonsense and domestic abuse to get there.

  • Rachel Park

    I love it that it's read by Reese Witherspoon . Well written weird piece

  • Elizabeth Gardner

    I enjoyed the narration by Reese Witherspoon. The book was alright, but it did not live up to the hype, in my opinion. I'm glad I read it.

  • Stacy Griffin

    I thought it was okay. I had high expectations and was a little bored. Slightly upsetting. I loved that Reece Witherspoon narrated this audiobook she did a great job!

  • Carmen Ruberto

    Amazing . Takes you back to the south in the days of preduice and southern kindness. The narration is impeccable!

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