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Invisible Man: A Novel (Unabridged)

by Ralph Ellison

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Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places. After a brief prologue, the story begins with a terrifying experience from the hero's high-school days; it then moves quickly to the campus of a "Southern Negro college" and then to New York's Harlem, where most of the action takes place. The many people that the hero meets in the course of his wanderings are remarkably various, complex and significant. With them he becomes involved in an amazing series of adventures, in which he is sometimes befriended but more often deceived and betrayed - as much by himself and his own illusions as by the duplicity and the blindness of others. Invisible Man is not only a great triumph of storytelling and characterization; it is a profound and uncompromising interpretation of the anomalous position of blacks in American society.

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This is not an audiobook...

This is a One Man Show! Fantastic! The narrator here should be nominated for whatever the audiobook equivalent of an Oscar is. This may actually be an instance where listening to the audiobook is better than reading it yourself. I would highly recommend.

Highest Quality I have found

The narrator, Joe Morton, does not 'read' the material...he 'performed' the material... His peformance greatly enhanced the already high quality material within the Invisible Man. The action will hold the attention of most ADD teenagers of today while providing insight to struggles 'within' our own race and potentially provoking a few thoughts of wisdom. The work is an absolute experience. I purchased the CD's several years ago for myself, and now gifted Itunes version to my college bound son as my most favorite audiobook. This is a great read... I hope you enjoy...


The narrator is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed listening; he is able to modify his voice to accommodate various characters, moods and settings in a way that is fit for Broadway. Honestly, worth the price and definitely a powerful way to engage this amazing literary work.

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man: A Novel (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Joe Morton
  • Published: 2010
  • Category: Classics
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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