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  • Washington Black

  • Written by: Esi Edugyan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Story
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When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black - an 11-year-old field slave - is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist - whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. 

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  • By Louise White on 2018-11-13

A good story but ultimately a disappointment

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Reviewed: 2018-12-12

I was so pleased to be listening to this year’s Giller Prize winner only to be let down. The story is really ambitious. The details of what the slaves endured at the hands of their masters and other whites are gut wrenching and hard to fathom. It is the progression of the narrative that I find unbelievable. The journeying that Wash does in a relatively short period of time seems unrealistic given the circumstances. I felt let down by the conclusion as well. The reader has a very pleasant voice but lacks in his ability to do accents accurately. This took away from the overall enjoyment of the story for me. Wish it were otherwise.