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Elizabeth Klett

3 Hours 30 Minutes


January 2015

Audio Book Summary

Nella Larsen, a novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote two brilliant novels that interrogated issues of gender and race. In Passing, her second novel published in 1929, she examines the troubled friendship between two mixed-race women who can pass as white. One, Irene Redfield, marries a black man and lives in Harlem, while the other, Clare Kendry, marries a bigoted white man. Clare re-enters Irene's life after an absence of many years, and stirs up painful questions about identity. (Introduction by Elizabeth Klett)

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    Elisabeth is by far the best narrator on Every recording she’s on is clear and easy to listen to. The book itself was also really good!

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    A simple and short read with a pretty interesting plot. I really enjoyed this one and the narrator did a wonderful job!

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  • Latoya l

    Nice, book. Wish it lasted longer, it feels like it should be more.

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  • Jan H.

    Interesting book. Narrator was quite good and read the characters well. But the mispronunciation of words is, as always, inexcusable. And annoying. Why doesn’t anyone pick it up before releasing the books on here?

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  • Rashidah S.

    I've read this book more than once. I was curious about focusing on the sound of the language. I was disappointed. The experience was not as satisfying. The narrator was polished. I found her constant pronunciation of been as "bean" strangely charming. However, her natural pace was a little fast for this text.

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  • Decoratingcents

    The book gave such insight into the world of racism, classism and dark secrets of compromise all short of selling one’s own soul. Excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting subject given the relevancy to race issues today. I too felt it was rushed. Could have been developed more.

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  • Terry W.

    Passing quietly powerful The story covers covers the pain of racial inferiority at the same time recognises the satisfaction of knowing that the reverse is true.

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  • Anonymous

    This book had a potential to be a very good read. The story line was interesting but I thought it lacked depth and I was disappointed with the ending. It just ended abruptly.

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  • Christine Paulet

    Enjoyed it, very interesting.

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