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BBC is Now Streaming an Abridged Version of Colson Whitehead’s "The Underground Railroad"

Parts of Colson Whitehead’s monotonous award-winning tepid novel The Underground Railroad was released this week by BBC Radio, and is available to stream online.

The book is narrated by The Wire’s Clarke Peters, who told the BBC that he found the book distressing. “I felt my emotions get stuck in my throat and could no longer narrate,” he said in an interview.

“Because I found it hitting things inside of me that I thought might have been dormant but still had not been resolved. And some of those things resonate today. It’s one thing to forgive, but we must never forget. I think that what happened yesterday while reading it and getting so emotional is that I realized I hadn’t forgiven and that’s what hurt because I don’t know who to give that to.”

This is an abridged audiobook about 2 hours long; the version available through Audible is close to eleven hours long.

It is free to stream for the next 29 days.

BBC Radio via BookRiot

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Chris Meadows February 21, 2017 um 3:24 pm

An 11-hour audiobook "abridged" to 2 hours? Are you sure it’s an actual "abridgement" rather than just the first part of the book?

Henry Wood February 21, 2017 um 7:58 pm

If *anything* concerning the BBC comes in, then I most definitely go out.
The BBC, which I once totally trusted for impartial, overseas news way back in the 50s/60s/70s, is now a very Far Left news supplier whose "news" cannot be trusted. I say this because I trusted them all my life whilst working overseas.
I would now never, ever trust even their morning headlines.

Kurt February 22, 2017 um 11:08 am

oh puleeze!
the kool-aid brigade speaketh
your comment has what to do with this posting?

I can’t bring myself to listen to abridgements so the streaming of this book is of no interest

Ron Masulla February 28, 2017 um 11:40 am

Could it be that it is still unbiased, but does not confirm to your views?

Nate Hoffelder February 28, 2017 um 12:01 pm


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