Genre: Fiction


Performed by:
Eric G. Dove

“You don’t want to buy me. I’ll kill the man who buys me.” Despite that outrageous threat, plantation owner Boyd Jardine buys Caleb and puts him to work in the fields. But soon Jardine discovers that his new slave is both better educated and more widely traveled than himself. When Jardine’s pregnant wife dies and Caleb saves the unborn child, Jardine grows increasingly dependent on him not only as a servant but also as a companion—and so their relationship as master and slave begins to change. As the Civil War looms and Caleb’s thirst for freedom grows, Jardine reluctantly agrees to let the slave buy his freedom. Caleb has no money, but Jardine comes up with a scheme: Caleb can earn the price of freedom by fighting—and winning—boxing matches. But—in an ever more turbulent political climate—even if Caleb makes enough to purchase his freedom, what then? Freedom papers don’t mean much in a state of war. Set against a conflict that threatens to split a nation, Caleb’s story is both tragic and triumphant.

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Run time: 9 hours
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Charles Alverson

Charles Alverson was born in California and, after living in England and Wales, now lives as a confirmed expatriate in Serbia. He has been writing novels since 1971 across a range of genres: thriller, detective, young adult, humor, and popular fiction. He has also written children’s books, short plays, and nonfiction, and he worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone. Alverson also cowrote the screenplays for the films Jabberwocky and Brazil. Caleb is his first historical novel, but not his last.
Eric G. Dove

Eric G. Dove is a multiple AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator of over 100 titles in multiple genres. He is also an author and accomplished singer, guitarist, recording artist, and songwriter, with multiple published song cuts by Nashville artists. An avid sailboat racer, Eric plies the waters of Charleston, SC, with his wife Loren.

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