The Underground Railroad (Television Tie-in): A Novel

Written by:
Colson Whitehead
Narrated by:
Bahni Turpin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2016
10 hours 44 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • 'An American masterpiece' (NPR) that chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

One of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of the 21st Century

The basis for the acclaimed original Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins.

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him.

In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.

As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Crook Manifesto!
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Stacie B

Best book I’ve read in a while. Wanted to find out what happened to amazing, strong Cora.

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Eileen M

Very well develop characters and story line. Loved it.

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Kimberly Eisner

Slow beginning, but overall a very good book. I enjoyed the narration and was captivated once it picked up.

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Julie T.

Very well written and narrated. Learned so much. Agree completely with "Great book a tough one Shows the strength of people and the evil of others A must read"

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A wonderful book! Writing is incredible and the story flows seamlessly. Character development is strong, and premise is interesting. Really enjoyed it.

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Karen V.

greatly flawed, not only historically but scientifically as well...did not finish it ....not worth the money spent...sorry...

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Michael T.

Really enjoyed it. Felt it was a little slow in the beginning, but once it got going it was well worth it.

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Terry T.

Great book a tough one Shows the strength of people and the evil of others A must read

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Gordon S.

Amazing story of Maerican slavery on a par with Uncle Tom"s Cabin. More realistic, less sentimental than the latter.

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This should've been a mandatory read when I was in high school...

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Cynthia R.

What a storyteller and based in history that is essential for us to understand and think about

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Latoya L.

It had it's good parts, however it was similar to other slave/runaway books. I thought it would be much better especially being an Oprah's book club favorite. #book41of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext

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Kimberly C.

Found it difficult to follow, back and forth and never really had a proper ending.

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Catherine S

A tragic story of mans inhumanity to man which has taken centuries to change and sadly not yet completely remedied. Well written and very well narrated.

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Bernicetha M

This book was compelling from the very beginning to the very end. Cora was such a strong character. I was shocked when I reach the end. I felt the story left me wanting more....but maybe that was the point.

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Robin R

I had a difficult time staying focused while listening to this book.

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Kari H

This was a great story that takes you back in time. It helps one understand the era a bit better. Narration was great too!

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Anne M

It was perfect as an audiobook - engaging storyline and the narrator kept the pace moving with expressive voice.

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Rosalyn Driscoll

Compelling characters, story, historical context --much of which I did not know.

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adam croce

Great story, especially during these times. Really puts you back in slave time times, puts you in the shoes of a slave girl escaping the horrors of the south. Sometimes a bit confusing when the story takes an unexpected tangent. The reading is excellent, however.

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Jennifer Ferguson

Hard to follow in the beginning. Stuck it out, but it only got slightly better.

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Gayle Proctor

Hated it for many reasons.

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Ting Waymouth

It took me a little while to get into, but I really enjoyed this book overall.

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Jamaine Wade

Awesome and sobering at the same time. A look behind the mask of what we call America.

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