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Charles

Tallahassee, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Land Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick D. Smith
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

    Janice says: "They paved paradise . . ."
    "A Great Story and Performance"
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    What did you love best about A Land Remembered?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am currently listening to another of Mr. Guidall's readings, but this was my first.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Land Remembered and why?

    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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