The Chaneysville Incident

  • by David Bradley
  • Narrated by Noah Michael Levine
  • 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A bitter young man searches for the truth about his father’s death and discovers the power of history in shaping our lives.
Brilliant but troubled historian John Washington returns to his hometown of Chaneysville, Pennsylvania—just north of the Mason-Dixon Line—to learn more about the death of his father. Washington discovers that his father was researching a mystery of his own: why 13 escaped slaves reached freedom in Chaneysville only to die there, for reasons forgotten or never known at all.
A story of personal discovery and historical revelation, The Chaneysville Incident explores the power of our pasts. Based in part on actual events, this extraordinary novel won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award and placed David Bradley in the front ranks of contemporary American authors.

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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Customer Reviews

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He said, she said, I said.

For me, the story didn't flow well. Lots of jumping around in time which may have been easier to follow in print, but a little tricky with a narrator. Also excessive use of the before mentioned he said, she said, which the narrator overly emphasized.
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- Jennifer

I Finished It - But -

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I still never captured what exactly the author was trying to portray. I tried and tried to understand but the point never came to fruition.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Haven't decided yet.


Would you be willing to try another one of Noah Michael Levine’s performances?

No. I would not.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I love hearing about my African American history at any time, so I did enjoy hearing CK Washington's journey in freeing a lot of my people.


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- Norma Peden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios