The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan audiobook

The Sport of Kings: A Novel

By C. E. Morgan
Read by George Newbern

Macmillan Audio 9780374281083
23.03 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781427272645

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth. A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself—a moral epic for our time.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Audiobooks of 2016

A New York Times Editor’s Choice for Horse and Writer Novels

Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016

An NPR Best Book of 2016

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for May 2016

Among longlisted titles for The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2016

Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2016

Among longlisted titles for Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year, 2016

Among longlisted titles for Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2016

Winner of Kirkus Prize Winner, 2016

Among shortlisted titles for Women's Prize for Fiction - Shortlist, 2017

Among shortlisted titles for Pulitzer Prize - Finalist, 2017

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016

Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2016

Among longlisted titles for San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, 2016

Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2016

Among shortlisted titles for Folio Prize Shortlist, 2017

Among shortlisted titles for Kirkus Prize Finalists, 2016

Among longlisted titles for Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.

A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself—a moral epic for our time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The splendor and barbarism of horse racing and the legacy of slavery are just two of the threads in this sprawling, magisterial Southern Gothic for the twenty-first century.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“[A] distinctly Southern epic novel about a wealthy Kentucky horseracing dynasty set against a backdrop of prejudice and poverty.” Entertainment Weekly
“A mud-flecked epic, replete with fertile symbolism, that hurtles through generations of Kentucky history.” New York Times
“[From] the new torchbearer of the Southern Gothic tradition…[comes] a panoramic view of race relations in America…It’s a bleak and bitter inversion of the American dream ― a world in which circumstances are impossible to change, and legacies impossible to shake.” Financial Times (London)
“Morgan’s novel is a magnificent achievement, one that grapples with the weight of the past and the near universal desire to make your own destiny.” Amazon.com
“Boasts a plot that maintains tension and pace, and Morgan weaves its characters, its themes, its several histories together in a marvelous display of literary control and follow-through.” Christian Science Monitor
“[A] vivid epic of rage and racism on a Kentucky stud farm exposes the myth of the American dream.” Spectator (London)
“An epic novel steeped in American history and geography…Morgan’s gothic tale of Southern decadence deepens into a searing investigation of racism’s enduring legacy.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: C. E. Morgan

Author Bio: C. E. Morgan

C. E. Morgan studied English and voice at Berea College and holds a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She was named one of the five Best Writers under 35 by the National Book Foundation.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 23.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English