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Listen to Marlon James’ Bestselling Epic Fantasy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James' Black Leopard, Red Wolf audio book

A bold, diverse new fantasy universe is headed straight for your earbuds from one of the world’s most acclaimed authors.

Marlon James vaulted to international fame when his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize. James then dove into the genre he’d long loved best: fantastical fiction. He penned an epic saga that Neil Gaiman called “a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made” and literary critic Michiko Kakutani declared was “the literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe.” Black Leopard, Red Wolf, is already New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

James created a complete mythical universe for the Dark Star series, with Black Leopard, Red Wolf as the first book in the planned trilogy. It’s now available as an exciting audiobook read by Dion Graham. You can take Black Leopard, Red Wolf with you everywhere—on your commute, to the gym, to the beach, to fall asleep to at night. Just imagine what you’ll dream about.

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In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy’s scent–from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers–he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

About the Author:

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

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