The Prophets by Robert Jones audiobook

The Prophets

By Robert Jones
Read by Karen Chilton

Penguin Audio
14.88 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780593287002

Instant New York Times Bestseller  "May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." The New York Times Book Review  “A new kind of epic...A grand achievement...While The Prophets' dreamy realism recalls the work of Toni Morrison...its penetrating focus on social dynamics stands out more singularly.” —Entertainment Weekly A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

#1 Amazon bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of 2021's Must-Reads

A Washington Post Pick for January

A CNN Pick of Best Books of the Month

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Instant New York Times Bestseller  "May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." The New York Times Book Review  “A new kind of epic...A grand achievement...While The Prophets' dreamy realism recalls the work of Toni Morrison...its penetrating focus on social dynamics stands out more singularly.” —Entertainment Weekly A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Karen Chilton’s stunning performance increases the power of this important debut novel…Drawing on the tradition of giving testimony, Chilton’s delivery conveys the personal experiences of the fully developed characters, the collective spiritual and cultural African past of the slaves, and the universality of human emotions and dreams…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A nuanced story of love and legacy.” Elle
“The Prophets is packed with otherworldly, and supremely artful storytelling, and readers will surely get lost in a radiant romance.” USA Today
“A new kind of epic…A grand achievement.” Entertainment Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Robert Jones Jr.

Author Bio: Robert Jones Jr.

Robert Jones, Jr., author of the debut novel The Prophets, has been featured in T Magazine’s cover story, “Black Male Writers of Our Time.” He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Essence, OkayAfrica, the Feminist Wire, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social justice social media community Son of Baldwin, He was born and raised in New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing with honors and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 14.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English