The Big Sea

  • by Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad
  • Narrated by Dominic Hoffman
  • 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade - Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet - at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."
Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best - simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."


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The Big Sea

I totally enjoyed this book. It was like reminiscing about old friends from long ago. It is a must listen.
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- Ida Earl

Mixed Review

Would you listen to The Big Sea again? Why?

Yes, I bought the book and I plan to listen along so I can mark in the margins things I want to learn more about.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning a whole segment of history no one ever shared before.

How could the performance have been better?

Oh the performance was awful. The narrator was stiff and wooden. Mispronounced important words, and put the emphasis on the wrong parts of many sentences.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


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- Norma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio