• by William H. Armstrong
  • Narrated by Avery Brooks
  • 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed. Then, one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy's life will never be the same.


What the Critics Say

1970 Newbery Medal Winner
"The magnificent trained bass of Avery Brooks is a beautiful compliment to Armstong's prose; words and voice clearly paint images and evoke emotional responses from the listener." (AudioFile)


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Beautifully read

The language in this moving story approaches poetry, and the narrator, with his deep, resonant voice, captures the cadences.
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- Vera

One of my favorite childhood reads

This title was assigned to me in school and one of the books that fed my love of reading!
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- Nena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio