***THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is now a 2017 Audie Nominee for Best Audiobook of the Year***
On the evening before the National Book Awards ceremony, The New School hosts a reading with the finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature. In 2016, audiobook narrator Bahni Turpin read an excerpt of the National Book Award Winner THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD on behalf of author Colson Whitehead. Watch her beautiful reading below.
“Turpin’s faultless, fully-voiced narration embodies authentic dialects and accents; her sonorous, dramatic tone and commanding presence intensify the somber power of the author’s words.”
—RUSA Listen List
“Audiobook fans will certainly not be disappointed by versatile actor Turpin’s performance of Whitehead’s powerful historical novel…Turpin manages to shift between the ages, races, and accents of the large cast of characters with remarkable ease. Her turn as Cora mesmerizes…”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Bahni Turpin’s narration is near perfection as she captures the emotional heart of this audiobook.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
“Narrator Bahni Turpin is able to differentiate among the many characters and lends a flowing cadence to the dark and savage tale.”—Library Journal