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To Kill a Mockingbird

Written by: Harper Lee
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father - a crusading local lawyer - risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

©1988 Harper Lee (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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awesome story!

I loved this book!! so many good messages in it!!I highly recommend it to everyone.

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Excellent Listen

Fantastic book only made more enjoyable with the narration by Sissy Spacek. I would recommend as a must listen. #Audible1

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Sissy Spacek rules

a review requires at least 15 words. All I wanted to say is in the title.

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Masterpiece

Amazing book. Had seen the movie several years ago. The book was amazing and the actors in the movie were a perfect selection for this literary masterpiece.

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wonderful

this is my second time finishing this book. It is beautifully read by Sissy Spacek, and the story is mesmerizing. I highly recommend book 2, Go Set a Watchman, which takes place 20 years later.

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English Class

I read this book in 10th grade at a different school, and upon changing schools, they read this book in 11th grade! So, I have to reread it, and using #Audible1 has really helped me read TKAMB much faster this time around! I stay attentive while listening (with headphones) and reading at the same time! Would recommend to any student who needs a little help to read to book!!

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Carla loves it and I finally know the book version

Got it for my dog to help when I am at work. Helped her be less anxious and I started listening while getting ready to leave for work so decided to listen to it all. #audile1

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Beautiful

Favorite read/listen of all time, sissy fits the role perfectly and was claiming and beautiful

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Fantastic narrator!

Really loved the narrator! The audio really made the book a lot more bearable, if not a ton more interesting.

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I loved It!

It wasn't at all what I was expecting it to based on what other people were saying but it was really good nonetheless

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  • Alan
  • Tracy, CA, United States
  • 2014-07-08

Stunning

To Kill A Mockingbird isn't in my top 10 list. It isn't in my top 5 list. It's in my top 1 list. Other reviewers have called it the perfect book. It is. One reviewer said that Sissy Spacek knocked it out of the park. She did. For some reason I find it hard to review this book. Superlatives are just words that we've all heard. This is a book that you must immerse yourself in to understand just how stunning this work is. Ok, I know I'm gushing and this is all over the top, but Harper Lee's novel has layer upon layer upon layer. It has many moments that just clutch at your throat. One is at the close of the trial, as another reviewer mentioned. Another that stands out for me is when the innocence of youth dispels the anger of the mob on the jailhouse steps, forcing them to face their humanity. I could go on and on. But I can't say anything that hasn't been said before.

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  • David Shear
  • Eugene, OR
  • 2014-07-09

A gift to be treasured

The perfect book and the perfect narrator come together here to create an American treasure. I don't have the vocabulary to speak highly enough of how special this book is on Audible.
Sissy Spacek's narration of this story is genius. She goes beyond even the great narrators like Patton, Hill, and Hurt. Her performance is not just technically perfect, it's illuminating. She's so smooth between characters. I can't even detect how she changes her voice and tone between Jim and Scout, but she does, just ever so slightly. It's hard to explain how amazing it is. I can see the dirt road, I can smell the dirty kid next to Scout in her class, I can feel the summer breeze on the back porch where they sleep. Yes, it's Harper Lee that creates that amazing imagery, but Spacek makes it an intimate experience that I felt honored to be a part of.
The book and story of course are above being "reviewed." It's a beautifully crafted story where every word is so intentional. The writing is dense with meaning while flowing perfectly.
It's a shame that Harper Lee only had one book published. Or maybe Mockingbird is such a gift that maybe it needs to stand alone.

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  • Mel
  • 2014-07-13

Leaves me breathless each time

How many books have you lived in; walked the streets waving to old ladies on their front porches, smelled pound cakes cooling on window ledges, knew which houses to give a wide berth when passing by, and missed when you left? Like Twain's enduring fictional classic Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird is a story so well told, so perfect, that you stroll through it and dwell for a while, coming away from it different for having been there. For many of us we visited Harper Lee's Maycomb to get our HS diploma, and it seems a natural progression to go back. I wonder if we miss those characters, or the healing balm of hearing a precocious little girl's voice cry out, "Hey, Mr. Cunningham. I'm Jean Louise Finch...I go to school with Walter; he's your boy aint he?"

As she shows so many times in her one and only novel, Harper Lee is a born story teller. The back stories of the characters are immense, yet told with an economy of words that contain volumes. You experience this especially your second time through...Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, what have you suffered to become so mean; what has Mr. Dolphus Raymond learned about people that keeps him content to have townsfolk believe that's a bottle of whiskey, instead of a regular ol' Coca Cola, in that little brown sack; how has Link Deas kept his humanity; does every town spit out a Bob Ewell; and what is Miss Maudie's pound cake recipe? -- there's a not an insignificant character or event in this book. It is a treasure trove of stories and lessons. I'd love a couple hours of Calpurnia talking about the day old Tim Johnson, Judge Taylor's dog, came shuffling down the road, rabid and threatening, sending the neighborhood into their homes, barring their windows... But Lee left us with just this one brilliant book.

To Kill A Mockingbird was published July 11, 1960 and has never gone out of print. When contemplating whether to review this (what I think is THE perfect novel), I had to wonder "is there really anything that hasn't already been said?" In this case, *Sissy Spacek*; no matter how many times you have read this novel, or even listened, Spacek, with her sweet drawl, IS Scout, speaking back through the years, recounting her story. She is the perfect choice for a perfect novel.

Though it is cliché to say it, this beautiful novel feeds your spirit. The easy wisdom reminds us of the importance of having understanding and love for others, demonstrated without guile or pretense by the innocence of children. The moral integrity and gentle strength of Atticus brings tears to my eyes (and has inspired the line *What would Atticus do?*) just thinking that we as human beings have the capability of such grace. Quotes from this superb novel fill notebooks I keep, but it is always two words, repeated half a dozen time by Jem, when his father orders him to take Scout and flee the angry mob at the jail, that choke me up. They contain all that there is of love, courage, and strength...even a young boy's faith in mankind, "No, Sir." They get me every time.

*[Addressing the frequent use of the *N* word; quoted from Banned Books Awareness;
A worldwide literacy project to celebrate the freedom to read.: "The American Library Association reports that To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most challenged classics of all time because of the racial slurs and discussion of rape and incest, and still ranks at number 21 of the 100 most frequently challenged books." "In 1968 the National Education Association placed the novel second on a list of titles receiving the most complaints from private organizations. The top spot belonged to Little Black Sambo."]

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  • mollyc
  • 2014-07-08

Sissy Spacek knockes it out of the park.

Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

I first listened to this recording more than 10 years ago on a road trip with my family. It is one of the best-read audiobooks I've ever had the pleasure of listening to, and I am so excited my pre-order finally came in so I can relive that experience.

What does Sissy Spacek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She captures Scout completely - sometimes it's difficult for me to "get inside" younger protagonists's heads and Sissy Spacek makes that a non-issue.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

For me, the most moving moment in this book has always been when the entire black community stands up when Atticus passes under them in the courtroom.

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  • Jan
  • 2014-07-09

Don't hesitate for a even second... !!!

I have search for this book on Audible regularly, hoping it would eventually appear - oh my goodness, it was well worth the wait! The book is the much beloved, Pulitzer Prize winning classic we all met in school.

The only question left is "how is the narration?"
The answer: Sissy Spacek does as good as I have heard or better!
Wish I could give this book a 10 star rating.

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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 2014-08-04

...not a rattle left in any sentence.

Like many others, I've read this book a number of times and have always appreciated it as very fine work. Hearing it - rather than reading it - is a completely different experience. Simply said, I fell in love with it.

In a novel, James Lee Burke writes about his fictional daughter Alafair editing her own work until there isn't a "rattle left in any sentence." That's a perfect description for Harper Lee's writing. Even though I've read it before, I really missed just how perfectly this prose has been crafted. It's so tight. When I slowed down and listened, it became apparent. On that level alone, it's brilliant.

The issues of race, respect and otherness it raises are just as relevant today as they were in 1960 when it was written and in 1935 where it was set. The characters have a timeless appeal. I have a greater appreciation of the balance between observations by a child and interpretation of those events by a grown woman looking back. For some reason, this too became clearer listening to the book rather than reading it.

Sissy Spacek does a terrific job with the material. Her narration isn't spectacular in a Will Patton or George Guidall kind of way. Rather, it's understated. She never gets in the way of the story. She's perfect as the older, wiser Scout looking back. I loved listening to her and the subtle way she reads the book and gives voice to its characters. Perhaps another narrator would have given the book a showier treatment. Spacek gives it authenticity.

There are only three other authors who leave me so awed with their talent: Wallace Stegner, Eudora Welty and Willa Cather. Their books are a pleasure to experience again and again. This is no exception. It doesn't matter how many times you've read this book. Listening to it is a new experience and well worth a credit.

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  • CathyGrace
  • 2014-07-12

Perfectly presented

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Sissy Spacek gave this book the narration it deserves. She brought this classic American Novel to life. Writing reviews is not my strong suit but this audio book is highly recommended.

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  • Kayleigh Josh West
  • LEBANON, TN
  • 2019-01-11

Favorite book of all time

I haven’t read this book in 10, maybe 12 years, and I loved it more this time than I had the capacity to before. Sissy Spacek narrated it brilliantly, and I found myself standing there with Scout and Jem throughout the whole book.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a beautiful coming of age story that teaches us that rumors are not always a replacement for knowing a person. Coming from a small town in the south, I identify greatly with the way that Scout and Jem were brought up.
I sincerely cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who may have forgotten to slow down in this busy world of ours.

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  • Dan Carroll
  • 2019-01-11

American Literature

A Pulitzer Prize wining novel, one of the best books in American literature and read by a narrator who can make it come alive.. what are y’all waiting for?!?

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  • LMB
  • 2018-12-31

one of my favorites

This was required reading in high school but, even though I really only half read it, I fell in love with the story. I was so excited to see that it's coming to life on Broadway and wanted to reread it before seeing a staged rendition.
Sissy Spacek did a great job of bringing Scout to life, capturing the innocence of a young girl as she learns some of life's hardest, but most important lessons. So glad to have been introduced to such an incredible book so many years ago, pleased to reread it, and estatic to be going to see the show.

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  • Melle Flor Tercero
  • 2017-11-15

One of the best books ever written and interpreted

Sissy Spacek is an awesome interpreter of this American classic. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who has a good heart.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2016-07-10

Gripping but Flawed!

This famous novel is set before World War II in the Southern United States and deals with the issue of race relations.

Well-structured and enthralling, it disturbingly presents two major flaws that may prove fatal to many readers:

• the narrator is a small girl who perceives reality with her own eyes but does not at all write in a juvenile style; it is never explained why this story is written or to whom it is addressed;
• the dénouement occurs as two small children walk home from a school show, in the dark, by themselves; it is not convincingly explained why their guardians did not attend or at least accompany them there and back.

Overall, the interest of this work lies in the fact that it is so well known rather than its intrinsic qualities.

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