Written By: Harper Lee
Narrated By: Sissy Spacek
Duration: 12 Hours 20 Minutes
Summary:Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south, and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook.
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty… Read more.
Excellent book! I’m from Mississipi and grew up not too long after To Kill A Mockingbird takes place. I can definitely relate to the struggles they go through, and have witnessed firsthand the racial tensions that still exist today. Highly recommend.
I’m a huge fan of Harper Lee’s work. This book is timeless, and I’m glad to see it’s still as popular today as it was when she first wrote it! The writing is so incredibly beautiful, and the story both warm and heart-wrenching at the same time!
A little tough to read with the Southern dialect intertwined into the writing. It’s a classic book so you have to read it, but personally found it tough to relate to everything. Personal interest aside, it was a good story, and highlights a sad time in our history.
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Summary of the Novel
Although the book is set during the Depression, the Finch family is moderately well to-do, since Atticus Finch is a prominent lawyer in the town.
During the early part of the book, Scout and Jem befriend another boy named Dill, and together they explore a decrepit house down the street: Radley Place.
They play around the property for the summer, until one day the owner shoots at them from his porch, and the trio are scared off.
The book deals with a number of themes, most notably the racist tension that existed throughout the South during Harper Lee’s time. This is seen throughout the novel. For example, Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who allegedly raped a white woman.
Much of the book centers around the consequences of this case and eventual trial, as it leads to outrage and fighting within the town. Eventually, Jem is wounded as the victim’s spouse attempts to seek revenge against the Finch family for defending the blacks, and through this process Scout is able to understand a deeper connection with people, and learn not to judge immediately based on race.
The To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook download also deals with themes surrounding the relationship between good and evil, and the fact that good and evil often coexist, even within a single event or person. This is portrayed in the emergence of Scout and Jem from a naive innocence (common to childhood) as they mature into adolescence and adulthood.
Though not a coming of age story, specifically, this transition is important insofar as the siblings are forced to see the world for what it is, and accept the presence of evil in those they once assumed to be purely good.
This transition is also part of a broader theme of moral education, as it pertains to the societal tensions that existed during the time of the book’s writing. Because of that, Harper Lee concludes that a moral education must be underpinned with traits of sympathy and understanding among all, evidenced in the infamous quote:
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
The To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook chapter 1 starts off with the infamous first lines of the novel:
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.
This opening line sets the tone of the book, the relationship between Scout and her brother, and even begins to foreshadow the injury that is to come to Jem later on.