Iola Leroy


Read by James K. White

(4.7 stars; 21 reviews)

This is the story of Iola Leroy, a free-born, mixed-race woman who passed as white. Her true racial identity eventually discovered, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Later freed by the Union Army, she journeyed to find others of her family who had been disunited from each other and strewn across the south by the forces of slavery. In the process she also struggled to improve the economic and social station of African Americans. Iola Leroy is a story about race and gender roles during the antebellum and post-Civil War eras, "passing" and the associated socio-political consequences. (Summary by James K. White) (8 hr 16 min)

Chapters

Introduction 6:05 Read by James K. White
Chapter I 14:14 Read by James K. White
Chapter II 16:30 Read by James K. White
Chapter III 16:17 Read by James K. White
Chapter IV 8:26 Read by James K. White
Chapter V 10:22 Read by James K. White
Chapter VI 13:15 Read by James K. White
Chapter VII 11:31 Read by James K. White
Chapter VIII 10:04 Read by James K. White
Chapter IX 22:38 Read by James K. White
Chapter X 24:27 Read by James K. White
Chapter XI 20:28 Read by James K. White
Chapter XII 22:15 Read by James K. White
Chapter XIII 20:42 Read by James K. White
Chapter XIV 15:46 Read by James K. White
Chapter XV 16:41 Read by James K. White
Chapter XVI 7:48 Read by James K. White
Chapter XVII 7:30 Read by James K. White
Chapter XVIII 29:17 Read by James K. White
Chapter XIX 19:06 Read by James K. White
Chapter XX 23:06 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXI 4:40 Read by James K. White
Chapater XXII 12:48 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXIII 11:17 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXIV 14:01 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXV 14:07 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXVI 15:34 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXVII 11:36 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXVIII 6:12 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXIX 7:44 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXX 26:10 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXXI 8:36 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXXII 13:34 Read by James K. White
Chapter XXXIII (Conclusion & Note) 13:18 Read by James K. White

Reviews

Iola Leroy


(5 stars)

I echo the previous reviewer! This important book has unexpected depth. Harper's narrative is, to modern ears, overly didactic and unashamedly Christian in tone. But a generous reading is rewarded by the author's honest and informed descriptions of the real, human problems that resulted from slavery and its aftermath. Some may consider the work idealistic and naive -- and so it is! But I for one would rather hear this positive exposition than tales of cynicism. Many thanks to narrator James White for rescuing this book from obscurity! He has excellent reading skills and great pacing, and does a fine job with the Southern US black dialect. More please, James! TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

J.K. White made this book come alive! Voices in conversations


(5 stars)

Tremendous


(5 stars)

Not only is the story by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (a powerful writer and abolitionist) absorbing, but the reading by Mr. White is wonderful. His gentle but impassioned treatment of the text is gripping.

Must Listen


(5 stars)

Such a good story. Very informative. It makes you see everything wasn't ever just black and white but full of color. All these different situations taking place umong such racism.