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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6,509 ratings)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

By: Harper Lee
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
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Editor reviews

One of the most notable works of dramatic fiction ever written, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is here in a complete and unabridged classic American literature audiobook narrated by the brilliant Sissy Spacek in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Through Spacek's perfect narration, Lee's beautifully crafted prose comes to life. You may find you have to pause every so often as you listen to reflect on the overall significance this book has had as a demonstration of human achievements in literature. Available now from Audible.

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Brought to you by Penguin.

One of the greatest American novels ever written.

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man falsely charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

©1960 Harper Lee (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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Great book, I hate the reading though

I use this as a teacher. The class listen on 120% speed because the reading is so slow. The kids don't even notice it's sped up.

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Perfect

I read this book years ago and although I enjoyed it then, somehow listening to this narrator set the tone of the book perfectly. A beautiful story, beautifully narrated.

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A True Classic

I have seen the film several times but this book is somuch deeper than the film! despite it being 60 years old it has lessons in it just as relevant today!!

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Not to be missed

One of the best books I have ever read and the narrator's talent is amazing!

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Wonderful!

Sissy Spacek was a brilliant narrator, she brought the book alive, I haven't read this book since childhood so glad I listened to it again. Amazing magical and sad story, sorry that it's finished!

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Wonderful book wonderfully read

This is a true classic that should be on everyone's to read list. This audio book is a wonderful wonderful version., Sissy Spacek provides the perfect narrative, I truly felt in Alabama knowing every character in detail and thoroughly enjoyed this great story

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Superb!

I remember reading and studying this book for GCEs, it was beautiful then and still is. Sissy Spacek narrates it so well that the “ story’s pictures” just hold inside you whilst listening. ...

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not the classic I was expecting

Couldn't really understand the hype. It was not the classic I imagined. Enjoyable and well narrated. don't think I'd have finished the paperback.

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Classic story, beautifully presented.

This is one book I read every few years, and is the first time I have listened to the story of Atticus, Jem & Scout, the choice of Sissy Spacek as narrator is magnificent and you can feel yourself being transported into the Finches lives, can't recommend highly enough.

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So much better than expected

Literally the best thing to come out of America!
Jokes aside even if you are not a fan of American literature you’ll love this child’s eye view of the eras most serious issues.

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