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  • The White House Boys: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Dean Kiser
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than 30 unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution.

    Karole says: "Tough. Brutal. Realistic. Vivid"
    "Strong out of the gate"
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    Story
    Would you listen to The White House Boys again? Why?

    Pretty well got the gist of the events on the first reading, and wouldn't go back unless I was researching the institution and needed names.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As bad as things were, Kiser revealed his resilience in being able to survive what was realy an atrocious experience.


    What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would forget that Kiser was not reading his own story. I can't call it an enjoyable read, but Smith brought an empathy to the narrative that made it a more valuable experience.


    Any additional comments?

    It was strong out of the gate, the early chapters well written and tight, but the ending lacked an important aspect of resolution -- retribution. As a reader I wanted to know that justice was served, that at least some of the evil ones paid some kind of price. Maybe in a sequel.

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