To Kill a Mockingbird

Version: Unabridged
Author: Harper Lee
Narrator: Sissy Spacek
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: December 2008
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

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 forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth 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.

Reviews (72)

Written by Joanne B on May 21st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Audiobooks has been the saving grace to help my daughter through school. Being a teacher I won't let her use cliff notes style books. Instead she reads the boom WITH thw audio. it has helped develop her understanding of the story and comprehension.

Written by Jean Varner on March 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The theme of the book is as timely today as it was when it was first published. Prejudice will always be with us but there is hope for humanity. May we be encouraged to live our lives with courage and conviction. The narration was excellent.

Written by Cari Anderson on March 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A classic must read for a reason! Sissy Spacek is the perfect narrator.

Written by tracey golden on February 28th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great read sad in the end about the young man Tom Robinson very enjoyable to the last word

Written by Susan Martin on February 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Timeless story told beautifully!

Written by Lorrie Tanner on February 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I think that this book is amazing! And it's so interesting. And the narrator makes it come alive so much more. Reading without listening to the audio book doesn't make it click. So having this book so well spoken is awesome for me.

Written by Elliotte Fajardo on February 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I remember this being required reading back in grade school. Nothing like the exquisite narrative that Sissy Spacek does in her MASTERFUL narration that bring ;Jean Louise Finch (Scout) , Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) , Atticus Finch. Calpurnia., Charles Baker Harris (Dill), Arthur Radley (Boo) , Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell to life with this timeless classic. A MUST!

To Kill a Mockingbird

Written by Shamecca Gaylord on January 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

At first I couldn\'t get into listening to the book but after a while it started to come together for me and I enjoy it so much that I am going to listen to it again.

Written by Jennifer Ferguson on January 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great for a first listen. I had never read the book while in school and I'm not much into classics. But this is a classic for a reason, great book and narration.

Written by Amanda Osier on November 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm an 8th grader and we got assigned to read this book. It was so cool that they had a southern accent reading the book because it felt like she knew the story and it really brought you more into the book. This book was amazing and I wasn't expecting it to be this good. This is my new favorite book!

Author Details

Author Details

Lee, Harper

Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama. Her father was a former newspaper editor and proprietor, who had served as a state senator and practiced as a lawyer in Monroeville. Lee studied law at the University of Alabama from 1945 to 1949, and spent a year as an exchange student in Oxford University, Wellington Square. Six months before finishing her studies, she went to New York to pursue a literary career. During the 1950s, she worked as an airline reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and British Overseas Airways. In 1959 Lee accompanied Truman Capote to Holcombe, Kansas, as a research assistant for Capote's classic 'non-fiction' novel In Cold Blood (1966).

To Kill a Mockingbird was Lee's first novel. The book is set in Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and a father, defends a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a poor white girl, Mayella Ewell. The setting and several of the characters are drawn from life - Finch was the maiden name of Lee's mother, and the character of Dill was drawn from Capote, Lee's childhood friend. The trial itself has parallels to the infamous "Scottboro Trial," in which the charge was rape. In both, too, the defendants were African-American men and the accusers white women.

The narrator is Finch's daughter, nicknamed Scout, an immensely intelligent and observant child. She starts the story when she is six and relates many of her experiences, usual interests of a child, and events which break the sheltered world of childhood. Her mother is dead and she tries to keep pace with her older brother Jem. He breaks his arm so badly that it heals shorter than the other. One day the children meet Dill, their new seven-year-old friend. They become interested in Boo Radley, a recluse man in his thirties. However, he is not the frightening person as they first had imagined. During the humorous and sad events Scout and Jem learn a lesson in good and evil, and compassion and justice. As Scout's narrative goes on, the reader realizes that she will never kill a mockingbird or become a racist. Scout tells her story in her own language, which is obviously that of a child, but she also analyzes people and their actions from the viewpoint of an already grown-up, mature person.

The first plot tells the story of Boo Radley, who is generally considered deranged, and the second concerns Tom Robinson. A jury of twelve white men believe two whites and refuse to look past the color of man's skin. They convict Robinson of a crime, rape, he did not commit. Atticus, assigned to defend Tom, loses in court. Tom tries to escape and is shot dead. Bob Ewell, Mayella's father, is obviously guilty of beating her for making sexual advances toward Tom. Bob attacks Jem and Scout because Atticus has exposed his daughter and him as liars. The children are saved by Boo Radley. Bob Ewell is found dead with a knife in his side. Atticus and Calpurnia, the black cook, slowly take the position of the moral centre of the book. They are portrayed as pillars of society who do not share society's prejudices. The story emphasizes that the children are born with an instinct for justice and absorb prejudices in the socialization process. Tom is a scapegoat of society's prejudice and violence. - "Mr. Finch, there's just some kind of men you have to shoot before you can say hidy to 'em. Even then, they ain't worth the bullet it takes to shoot 'em. Ewell 'as one of 'em."

Although her first novel gained a huge success, Lee did not continue her literary career, although she worked for years on a second novel and a book of nonfiction. She returned from New York to Monroeville, where she has lived with her sister Alice, avoiding interviews. In 2007, Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by George Bush.

To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into several languages. An illustrated English edition appeared in Moscow in 1977 for propaganda reasons. In the foreword Nadiya Matuzova, Dr.Philol., wrongly stated that "Harper Lee did not live to see her fiftieth birthday," but added rightly: "But her only, remarkable novel which continued the best traditions of the American authors who wrote about America's South - Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell and many others - will forever belong in the treasure of progressive American literature."