The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel

Written by:
Colson Whitehead
Narrated by:
Colson Whitehead , Jd Jackson

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
254
Narrator
56
Release Date
July 2019
Duration
6 hours 46 minutes
Summary
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • This follow-up to The Underground Railroad brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. • 'One of the most gifted novelists in America today.' —NPR
 
When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.
 
Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers and “should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation's best' (Entertainment Weekly).

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

This book is a gift to readers. It is brilliant. Maybe the great novel of the 21st C.

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Anonymous

Well done both in the writing and narration

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Veronica M.

I’ve listened to this read twice so far. The narrator voice is well toned.

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Samuel H.

it was a very sad listen, but it had a great story and plot twist

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Anonymous

This book was absolutely incredible, It is a raw look into racism, prejudice, ptsd, and the truth in memory. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it!

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Cheryl Z.

Such a sad look at our despicable history. It sickens me to think what goes on behind closed doors that we are unaware of and people turn a blind eye to. How many of these stories are out there?

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Anonymous

Excellent. Informative. Horrorifyinly real

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Betty B.

Great novel‼️

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Barbara M.

Loved it Ending unexpected!

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Anonymous

It is amazing how cruel people are to people of color. After all we all are people

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Anonymous

American social history,the dark side enjoyment isn’t a word used to describe it but I’m glad I heard it

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Anonymous

Other than the one clever twist, I was bored. Depressing story...but not all that interesting. Narrator was very good.

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Linda M.

Simplistic and overrated. The narrator’s lack of expression did nothing to help it. Listened to a couple of hours of it and stopped.

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Anonymous

Great book to listen to...loved the story and narration!

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Catherine H.

A moving book, from the depth of cruelty to hope and inspiration. I loved this book.

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Anonymous

Great listen

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Anonymous

Excellent

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