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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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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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Sissy Spacek rules

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

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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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Loved it

It was my first approach to Lee's story and I absolutely loved it. Sissy Spacek's performance was brilliant, can't imagine it being done better than this.

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loved it

I've read this book several times. It is my favorite and listening to it was just as good!

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  • David Shear
  • 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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  • Alan
  • 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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  • 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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  • Richard Delman
  • 2018-11-16

So much talent. So much warmth and wisdom. A gift.

The positive reviewers rave about this masterpiece, and every single one of them is right. It is hard to find words to adequately describe how powerful this accomplishment is. I had seen the movie about fifty years ago, and I remember thinking that Gregory Peck was the only man who could play Atticus Finch. Well, now comes Sissy Spacek, who plays all of the characters in the book with grace, gentleness and love. We get to know Scout, Jem and Atticus so completely, so intimately: they feel like our family, only better. Atticus is without doubt the perfect father, never losing his temper even in the face of the astonishing evil that his own townspeople serve up. I spent two years in the South in the 1960s. Some of the people there still had the unimaginable prejudice against black people: one of my fraternity brothers at Vanderbilt, an otherwise fine guy, could not eat in the same room as a black person. The book evokes memories of lots of people like that. You just cannot understand them. Even the knowledge that they grew up in that environment, that they had no choices about what to think, but when they grow up and see the true evil on offer in the world? How can they not gain a little wisdom?
This book is a true American masterpiece, a work that could not have arisen out of any country other than ours. Racial prejudice is everywhere, of course, but the particular brand of it that lives in the American South is so insidious, so horrid, that the mind boggles. The kind of animal that Bob Ewell is, a man who repeatedly rapes and beats his own daughter and then blames all of his misery on the innocent Tom Robinson: this is a tragedy that chokes us up. It should not happen. Harper Lee absolutely deserved the Pulitzer and every other award she could receive. There is more wisdom in one chapter of this book than in literally dozens of novels that I have read. You must listen to it yourself, at least once. I will let a year go by, and then begin again with the joy that only this performance gives. I hope you love it too.

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  • Lacy
  • 2017-08-13

Sissy Spacek was amazing!

I've always wanted to read this classic! When I found out that Harper Lee had died last year, I figured it was about time to do so. I was excited to see that Sissy Spacek was the one reading this book and she did an amazing job! She really captured the essence of the south and I forgot it was her at times.

The book did start out slow and I didn't know if I was going to like it or not. I was soon pulled into Scout's world of Maycomb, AL where she lived with her lawyer daddy, Atticus, and her older brother, Jeremy AKA Jim, and housemaid, Calpernius. I did get a little confused with the time period because I thought it took place in the 60s when it was actually written based on the 30s. It's supposedly modeled after Harper Lee's childhood growing up in Alabama.

I know there are people who despise this book because of the blatant racism they feel it represents with the use of the "N" word and total disregard for black people as human beings. Unfortunately, that was the sad, accurate truth during that period of time. It really shows the reader how far we have come although there is no denying that racism is still alive today.

The story is centered around a court case of rape between a black man and a white woman. Atticus is defending him in court. The story also features the life lessons that the children learn and how they try in vain to bring out the town shut-in, Boo Radley. I thought it was a great read!

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  • Stevon
  • 2015-01-20

great story, excellent narrator

What can you say about this book that hasn't already been said, it's a great book. I'd seen the movie 10-20 times over the years but had never read the book. When I came across this audio version narrated by Sissy Spacek I decided it was time to dive into the book. It was excellent.

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  • Jimmy Oaks
  • 2014-08-12

Something new with each read/listen

What made the experience of listening to To Kill a Mockingbird the most enjoyable?

The narration was the most compelling aspect. Sissy Spacek made you feel as if she was Scout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Atticus. He was trying very hard to raise his children in the midst of racial prejudice and bigotry while teaching them life lessons about dignity, honesty, and doing the right things not because they were popular but because they were the moral things to do.

What about Sissy Spacek’s performance did you like?

Sissy really put emotion and passion into this performance. She painted the characters with a brush that we all can relate to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did not want this book to end. There seemed to be so much more to learn about Atticus, Scout, and Jem.

Any additional comments?

I was raised in the south during the 60's and this novel was so familiar to me as a snapshot of what my childhood was like and how I thought about integration and adults reaction to it.

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  • Virginia
  • 2014-07-23

It's like butter!

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Sissy Spacek has always been one of my favorites and To Kill A Mockingbird one of my favorite books, and this combination of reader and author is a match made in heaven. Mrs. Spacek doesn't self-indulge,or act as though she is trying to win an award. She doesn't have false voices; except for a few accent she doesn't change her voice at all. She just effortlessly slips in and out of the characters,and by being a true actress, a great actress, she takes you on a journey of life set in the 1930's and 40's in everywhere small town-America, a journey of innocence,adventure, love, hate, prejudiced and even murder, through the eyes of a preteen adolescent.The book, itself is absolutely amazing, Harper Lee is wonderful writer she is able to transport you easily and believably to another era and is able to teach lessons in a way that isn't preachy but you know in your heart what she is saying. I honestly couldn't stop listening, It felt like my Grandma was telling me a story from her childhood. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one. Just lean back, relax and enjoy. It's like butter.

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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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