VIDEO: Audiobook Narrator Bahni Turpin reads from THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD at the National Book Awards Finalists Reading

By Jennifer Rubins | February 28 2017 | Community Reads

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 performance of this intense, imaginative, and grim odyssey makes it feel disturbingly real.”—Booklist, starred review

“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

“Narrator Bahni Turpin is able to differentiate among the many characters and lends a flowing cadence to the dark and savage tale.”—Library Journal