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Sounder | [William H. Armstrong]

Sounder

A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed.
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A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed. Then, one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy's life will never be the same.

©1969 William H. Armstrong; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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  • 1970 Newbery Medal Winner

"The magnificent trained bass of Avery Brooks is a beautiful compliment to Armstong's prose; words and voice clearly paint images and evoke emotional responses from the listener." (AudioFile)

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    The language in this moving story approaches poetry, and the narrator, with his deep, resonant voice, captures the cadences.

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    Where does Sounder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sounder ranks very high being as I have only listened to three audio books. I loved the narration and it held my interest throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked best the family relationships. I remember growing up how important it was for my family to be close. When you have nothing else you have the love of family.


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

    No, I have not listened to any of his performances before but I look forward to many more. I think they will compare great, because hearing this performance makes me want to hear more from him.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sounder and why?

    The most memorable character for me is the mother, because no matter how hard things got she held the family together.


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    I initially got Audible for my son to use for school. I am happy I got it because now I can use it as well. Thank you for a great site.

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