The Intuitionist

  • by Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a marvelous debut novel that has been compared to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Joseph Heller's ,i>Catch-22, Colson Whitehead has created a strangely skewed world of elevators and the people who control their ups and downs. Lila Mae Watson - the first black female inspector in the world's tallest city - has the highest performance rating of anyone in the Department of Elevator Inspectors. This upsets her superiors, because Lila is an Intuitionist: she inspects elevators simply by the feelings she gets riding in them. When a brand new elevator crashes, Lila becomes caught in the conflict between her Intuitionist methods and the beliefs of the power-holding Empiricists. Her only hope for clearing her name lies in finding the plans of an eccentric elevator genius for the "black box": a perfect elevator. A brilliant allegory for the interaction of the races, The Intuitionist is also an intriguing mystery, solidly grounded by the exceptional narration of Peter Jay Fernandez.

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I love this book!

When I heard of his "Underground Railway" I knew I had to explore Colson Whitehead's work. For me this earlier work is a rich conceit expressed elegantly and with a rare passionate intensity. A classic!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-10-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books