Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.4 stars; 101 reviews)

Aphra Behn was the first woman writer in England to make a living by her pen, and her novel Oroonoko was the first work published in English to express sympathy for African slaves. Perhaps based partly on Behn's own experiences living in Surinam, the novel tells the tragic story of a noble slave, Oroonoko, and his love Imoinda. The work was an instant success and was adapted for the stage in 1695 (and more recently by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999). Behn's work paved the way for women writers who came after her, as Virginia Woolf noted in a Room of One's Own (1928): "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, ... for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds." (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) (2 hr 40 min)


Chapter 01 17:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02 14:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 03 17:27 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 04 13:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 05 14:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 19:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 13:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 08 19:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 09 14:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 16:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett


(5 stars)

This was beautiful, disgusting, and depressing. I love the reader so much, I've listened to several of her readings and she is the reason I got this app to begin with.

Excellent Reading; Devastating Story

(4 stars)

The reader did an excellent job. Her accent was spot on and soothing to listen to. I enjoyed how she captured the conversational style of Ms. Behn’s narration. As for the story itself, it was far more gruesome than I expected. I appreciate the portrayal of Oroonoko and his bravery; however, I feel that the author could’ve done more to critique slavery. But, that wasn’t the point of the story, so I don’t fault Ms. Behn too much.

beautifully read

(4 stars)

Honestly the only reason I chose this book is because the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class produced an episode on Aphra Behn, and I was curious to read something by her. The story was a bit of a let down but it is short and masterfully read, so overall I'm happy to have experienced it and satisfied my curiosity.

Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave

(5 stars)

I like the reader, and the book is interesting and informative. Thank you for the opportunity to access so many excellent books and readers.

Sad Story, Beautifully Read

(5 stars)

Elizabeth Klett does a wonderful job reading this tale of a noble African prince sold into slavery, along with his beloved.

Beautifully read

(5 stars)

Another great reading by Elizabeth Klett. I had never heard this work before and am glad I took the time to listen.

(5 stars)

Beautifully written, sad story. Elizabeth again narrates superbly! Did I detect a light British accent for this reading? Well read fine lady!

Thank you

(5 stars)

Poignant story, masterfully read. Thank you for donating your time to read this. It is truly professional quality reading.