Part historical fiction, part family saga, part pioneer story with real cowboys and Native Americans - if you live in Florida, have visited Florida, or dream of doing either, you should read this story. It is a riveting trip through time and the taming and plundering of this exotic place called Florida. It is hard for most of us who see the land of strip malls and traffic jams to imagine the Florida wilderness. This book will help you imagine and as the title suggests... remember.
This is an engrossing story that is written to bring visual images to mind. The listener learns much about the history and atmosphere of "Old Florida" while following a family chronicle.
Guidall is, as usual, and excellent narrator.
I was sorry when it ended.
I have listened to this story many times. It gets better every time. If you live in South Florida, this story will connect you with the land in a special way.
I have been listening to cd books for years and this is my first Audible experience. I love it.
This is a fabulous, true to life historical fiction book about Florida in the very early days. This author spent much time digging for facts and then weaving them into a great story.
George Guidall is an excellent reader and his inflection is remarkable. We liked all the characters as he portrayed them.
This was a wonderful book. The narrator did a great job giving each character a voice, and reading with emotion.
Sol was my son's favorite character because "he was funny and cute".
George Guidall brings a real voice to the characters. I felt like I knew them.
When characters died or were killed.
This is by far one of the best books I've ever read. It intertwines history with the story line in such way that is absolutely brilliant. I would recommended this book to anyone. I fell deeply in love with every character in this book, so much so, that I never wanted to leave them.
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Well written book on the history of Florida. Knew there were more cattle in Florida than Texas - know I know why....
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
I took a chance and got this book in a BOGO deal and it is fabulous. This historical fiction novel takes place from the around the1860s until the 1960s. Over the century, you follow three generations of the McIvey men. This story has humor, history and emotion. Beware, there are a few tear-jerking moments, but overall it has a good message. I also felt the ending was a little abrupt. Otherwise great!
The story was linear and very easy to follow during casual listening times, such as during a long automobile drive. The use of historically accurate colorings throughout the timeline of the story turned it into a sort of quasi-history lesson also.
Mr. Guidall is one of the best narrators I cold imagine for a story like this.
Tobias was a great pioneer that exemplified the spirit of early Florida. Enough of his value system came through in the story to build the character without becoming preachy.
I am currently listening to another of Mr. Guidall's readings, but this was my first.
"Skillet" the African American slave who first became family, then broke out with a family of his own. His was a rare 19th century success story for a former slave.
This story provides a glimpse into a more esoteric aspect of American history. Not necessary typical of the deep south, but certainly a story of the strong pioneering spirit that created a civilization out of swamps and badlands unlike any other part of the nation.
There are too few books on the history of early pioneer life in many areas of the United States. Florida is one of those areas. This book is a real gem. Great descriptions of daily life, geographical surroundings and the commercial development of the state. I loved every word! And George Guidall is the absolute best narrator. I don't even hear him, I just see, in my mind, the pictures he is painting with the words. Have one negative thing to say, ''what do you read after finishing a 5+ book''?!