Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee audiobook

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel

By Harper Lee
Read by Reese Witherspoon

Caedmon, HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062409850
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A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.

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Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A New York Times Pick of Best Summer Reads

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A BookPage Top Pick for July in Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Harper Lee’s second novel sheds more light on our world than its predecessor did.” Time
“Oscar-winning actress and Southern girl Reese Witherspoon portrays the narrator…with perfect pitch and pacing and the sure hand of a talented actress who is well aware of the region’s racially fraught past…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades.”  New York Times
“Go Set a Watchman’s greatest asset may be its role in sparking frank discussion about America’s woeful track record when it comes to racial equality.” San Francisco Chronicle
“It is, in most respects, a new work, and a pleasure, revelation, and genuine literary event.” The Guardian (London)
“The theme of the book is basically about not being able to go home again.” Publishers Weekly
“Watchman is a messier and more complicated story than To Kill a Mockingbird, both in its themes and its execution…Lee’s talent for capturing the small-town South is on full display.” BookPage
“The current work stands as you-are-there documentation of a specific time and place, contextualizing both Mockingbird and the very beginnings of the civil rights movement, ” Library Journal
“Lee, who is plainly on the side of equality, writes of class, religion, and race but most affectingly of the clash of generations and traditions…It’s very much worth reading.” Kirkus Reviews
“By revealing the insidious prejudice of a man as seemingly upright as Atticus, Lee uncloaks the malignant hatred, anger, and fear that have made the South a land of terror for African Americans…This is a daring, raw, intimate, and incendiary social exposé.” Booklist

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by Pat 8/26/2020
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Never knew voice acting could be so powerful.

While the story itself is truly great, Reese Witherspoon's reading of this book is an amazing bout of acting. Well worth the price and time to listen just to marvel at Ms Witherspoon's ability to evoke a full range of emotions, including bringing this middle-age male reader to tears a number of times. Absolutely must listen!

Author

Author Bio: Harper Lee

Author Bio: Harper Lee

Harper Lee (1926–2016) was born in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntington College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She was the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and was awarded numerous literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Available Formats : CD, CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 6.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English