The Secrets of Mary Bowser

  • by Lois Leveen
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.
All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.
Life in the North brings new friendships, a courtship, and a far different education than Mary ever expected, one that leads her into the heart of the abolition movement. With the nation edging toward war, she defies Virginia law by returning to Richmond to care for her ailing father - and to fight for emancipation. Posing as a slave in the Confederate White House in order to spy on President Jefferson Davis, Mary deceives even those who are closest to her to aid the Union command.
Just when it seems that all her courageous gambles to end slavery will pay off, Mary discovers that everything comes at a cost - even freedom.


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Wonderful performance of a great story.

This was a wonderful story that was masterfully performed by Robin Miles. Much more than reading the story, she brought to life each of the characters with distinctive voices that really brought the whole story to life. Set mostly in the south 150 years ago, the characters include male and female slaves, wealthy slave owners, and the rest of society including highly educated as well illiterate characters. This is the best performance I have ever listened to and because it is a really good story I enjoyed it very much.There are many aspects of the lives of the people living in that time leading up to and including the Civil War, that were brought out in different and thoughtful ways. I highly recommend this audiobook.
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- Jay


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An amazing combination of fact and fiction in this historical novel. I commend the Lois Leveen and Robin Miles for the creation of this excellent novel!

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- Ellen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio