Cloudsplitter

  • by Russell Banks
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, last surviving son of America's most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the listener feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.

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Captivating read

Would you listen to Cloudsplitter again? Why?

Yes, gave me a new perspective on a topic I knew little about.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Cloudsplitter?

The death of Owen's niece from accidental scalding.


Which character – as performed by Pete Larkin – was your favorite?

John Brown by far!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Remembrances of Owen and how they were described were extraordinary.


Any additional comments?

As a southerner with predisposed attitudes toward slavery, this book opened my mind to the realities of how horrible things were for blacks and the terrible price so many people paid.

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- James P. Barraza

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio