Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin audiobook

Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone: A Novel

By James Baldwin
Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Publishing 9780375701894
14.93 Hours Unabridged
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At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo’s childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo’s loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war. Overpowering in its vitality, extravagant in the intensity of its feeling, Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone is a major work of American literature.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller in 1968

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable.

For between Leo’s childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo’s loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war. Overpowering in its vitality, extravagant in the intensity of its feeling, Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone is a major work of American literature.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A surpassing achievement, not likely to be equaled in our time.” Washington Post
“He has not himself lost access to the sources of his being—which is what makes him read and awaited by perhaps a wider range of people than any other major American writer.” Nation
“Baldwin is one of the few genuinely indispensable American writers.” Saturday Review
“James Baldwin’s story of the mid-century African–American experience is told in the first person by the character Leo Proudhammer, ably voiced here by Kevin Kenerly…Listeners meet most of the people who have been important in his life. Kenerly distinguishes them by accents, even modulating Leo’s own childhood voice from that of a Harlem street kid in the earliest memories to the trained cadences of his Broadway years. Kenerly’s control of accent and dialect is masterful. There are sections that could come across as rants that he turns into passages of moving emotional development. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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James Baldwin...ALWAYS a pleasure.

This is my second foray into James Baldwin. Dear All Authors: please try to write more like James Baldwin. WOW! this was a fantastic book. Even if the story went in some odd (and in some cases, cringe worthy) directions. Kevin Kenerly is a national treasure of a narrator.

Author

Author Bio: James Baldwin

Author Bio: James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924–1987), acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, was educated in New York. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, received excellent reviews and was immediately recognized as establishing a profound and permanent new voice in American letters. The appearance of The Fire Next Time in 1963, just as the civil rights movement was exploding across the American South, galvanized the nation and continues to reverberate as perhaps the most prophetic and defining statement ever written of the continuing costs of Americans’ refusal to face their own history. It became a national bestseller, and Baldwin was featured on the cover of Time. The next year, he was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and collaborated with the photographer Richard Avedon on Nothing Personal, a series of portraits of America intended as a eulogy for the slain Medger Evers. His other collaborations include A Rap on Race with Margaret Mead and A Dialogue with the poet–activist Nikki Giovanni. He also adapted Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X into One Day When I Was Lost. He was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor a year before his death, one honor among many he achieved in his life.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 14.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English