The Underground Railroad

colson whitehead the underground railroad audiobook mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: Colson Whitehead
Narrated By: Bahni Turpin
Publisher: Random House Audio
Duration: 10 Hours 50 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5




Summary: The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection

From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom…Read more.

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Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad Audio Book Summary

Colson Whitehead is an African-American novelist who has written six novels both fiction and non-fiction. He made his debut in 1999 with his book The Ilutionist. Now, it comes with a transcendental work titled The Underground Railroad that was winner of the National Book Award.
colson whiteheadThe book tells the story of Cora, a young slave in a Georgia plantation; Whose mother flees from the plantation where they both work, leaving her to the mercy of the other women of the plantation and to the torments of punishment by the masters. Abandoned by her mother and hated by the rest of her community, she also decides to flee. A new slave arrives at the plantation, he will be his escape ticket.

In 1850 and in the years after, some privileged people who were hacendados had plantations that depended entirely on the labor force of the slaves. The owner of a plantation, regularly had more than twenty slaves.
The great majority of the slaves served as laborers who worked almost all day in crews under the supervision of the foreman. The slaves worked in the fields as well as men, as well as cooking, cleaning and raising children so they could also be slaves and began to work from the age of ten.

The treatment of the slaves was not good, and some masters were reputed to be particularly cruel. The horrors described in the book are truly overwhelming, the plantation described in Whitehead’s work was the place where the most cruel actions were engendered, slaves were beaten and raped, not only punishment but also for fun. Horrors to delight and entertain guests of the place-
When it came to punishing, they publicly lashed out, executed, castrated or subjected to much pain those slaves who sought to escape or confront the system.

There, women were used to raise more slaves, they were treated as an object for the sexual satisfaction of several and especially for reproduction and since having more slaves meant more money for the masters.
Before the abandonment of his mother who fled, and the reality that awaits him if he stays in the plantation, Cora makes the decision to leave from there as it gives rise, with nothing more than a sleeping bag and scarce provisions for the road , Cora embarks on the journey to the promise of a better life in the free states of the United States.

Cora Decide to take the underground railway. In the nineteenth century, this was the name given to a clandestine organization that helped the slaves to escape from the southern states to the free territories, the organization was made up of abolitionists who, risking their freedom and even their lives, They helped them through a system of shelters.

In his work, Whitehead takes that metaphorical name and turns it into a royal train to which Cora rises to begin its journey towards a life of education and freedom.

The path to freedom of Cora will not be better than what lived in the plantation, along your journey, you will encounter a whole series of horrors that you will have to endure with the dream of being stop being a slave.