Written By: Ralph Ellison

Narrated By: Joe Morton

Date: December 2010

Duration: 18 hours 30 minutes


Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of modern American Negro life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching--yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places. It is a book that has a great deal to say and which is destined to have a great deal said about it.

After a brief prologue, the story begins with a terrifying experience of the hero's high school days, moves quickly to the campus of a Southern Negro college and then to New York's Harlem, where most of the action takes place. The many people that the hero meets in the course of his wanderings are remarkably various, complex and significant. With them he becomes involved in an amazing series of adventures, in which he is sometimes befriended but more often deceived and betrayed--as much by himself and his own illusions as by the duplicity of the blindness of others.

Invisible Man is not only a great triumph of storytelling and characterization; it is a profound and uncompromising interpretation of the Negro's anomalous position in American society.


  • Rikki B.

    Narration is everythang!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    More than any book I’ve listened to or read, for this one narration is critical. Listening to this book was more like listening to a play than a book, and the narrator, a skilled actor, draws you in and makes the whole experience move along quickly and effortlessly. If I would have read it myself, I don’t think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it, particularly the more wild and bizarre episodes that are the distinct feature of this book.

  • Katie M.

    The narration was amazing. But I hate the fact that he doesn't say the chapters, making it really difficult to find where you left off. But the book is amazing, long and not an easy read, but very important to understand how it was for black people back in the 50's.

  • Beckman R.

    This is an important book. Stunning. Narration is excellent.

  • Mariam D

    The narration was great the different voices and feeling he put in to reading made the book more interesting for me

  • Megan Miesner

    I found the book to be very boring. A few scenes were interesting, but that's only because of the narrator. He kept it interesting with the way he used different voices for different characters. Other than the narrator, this book was just boring to me.

  • Benjamin Lonske

    Very interesting and timely book. It's difficult to imagine a better reader for it.

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