Renowned author Lynn Austin has received three Christy Awards for historical fiction, two for the first books in this Refiner's Fire series.
©2004 Lynn Austin; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"Heart-wrenching descriptions of the indignities of slavery. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
Loved this book. While it gives the reader a much clearer view into the dehumanization of being a slave (things you would never even think about) it shows how God moves in our lives and what comfort trust and faith can bring. This is one of the best books I've downloaded. The writing puts you right there. Concerned it might be a cheesy romance novel, but not at all, very profound.
This work of fiction opens a window to a distant chapter in our nation's history that is not fiction. Not only does it relate the unspeakable horrors of human degradation inflicted by fellow humans, but shows the flame of hope and faith that kept an enslaved people from sinking in utter despair. Beautifully narrarated, this book cannot be closed at midnight.
I am an Afro American christian and I enjoy literature from Greo audio. I also like self help books and inspirational books and sometimes something funny.
I normally shy away from books about slavery because I feel they promote hatred of specific groups but I was drawn to this one because of the religious content. It was an excellent book. Every time it felt too graphic and painful to continue on, I was compelled to continue telling myself that emancipation was coming and this journey would lead there. It has opened my understanding to the real plight of slaves and the effects on family. Every African American should put this on their reading list.
I just finished listening to Roots by Alex Haley before listening to this book. This one is very much like listening to Roots, and I really enjoyed both of them. Well worth the time because it gives terrific insight into the slave culture and what they went through. All Americans need to read or listen to this book. (Roots, too!)
Christian Wife and Mother
This was a great ending book for this series. It pulled it all together to a realistic, romantic, faith filled conclusion.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is the last in the Civil War trilogy by Lynn Austin, and it will stay with me for a long, long time. What Lynn Austin has accomplished in this series is nothing short of amazing. She has stripped away all the prejudices of black and white, north and south, and left us with only people, real, suffering people. The good, the bad and the ugly. The color of their skin is irrelevant, then and now. God's hand was in the Civil War. It was HE who set the captives free, for it is HE who sets up rulers and takes down rulers. But hatred itself is a worse master than a physical captor, and Lynn Austin captures this fact throughout her writing. If you want to really learn about the Civil War and it's effects on people, there is no better series than the Refiner's Fire series.
I almost gave up on this book. I was a little put off by the narrator's voice as young Grady. The story starts out in North Carolina and ends in South Carolina and the narrator didn't use a southern accent for any of the characters. But I let that go and decided to give the book a chance. Boy, am I glad I did!! The story is wonderfully written and I fell in love with Anna (Kitty) and Grady as well as Dehlia. I want to give a big shout out to Lynn Austin. This book has given me so much to think about and so much to be grateful for. I just finished listening to it again and I love it even more than the first time I listened. I just downloaded Lynn Austin's "A Candle In The Darkness". I can't wait to start listening.
I have listened to 100's of audio books liking most of them, but very few have had the ability to reach me the way Lynn Austin's books do. This is my third Austin book and each time I listen I expect to be dissapointed thinking it couldn't possibly be as good the last and each time I have been wrong. I enjoyed my time with these characters (even through the times that were hard to hear), please listen/read this book and open your mind to message that each of these strong people have to say.
This was a wonderful book, I listened to it on my I Pod while driving and did not want to get out of car. I study what I call Antebellium History and stories of the salves. I travel all over the south, for weeks at a time, visiting libraries, plantations etc. and it's hard to find really good books on this era, and this was good.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really valued seeing life from the slaves point of view in such a personal way.
Sometimes I wondered how accurate the research is. The description of the white slave traders dragging Africans from their villages alerted me, as many of the slaves were captured by other African tribes, and delivered to the Ivory coast.
It was a bit strange to have an entire story taking place in the South, with a narrator who did not have a southern accent. However, I felt the narrator did an excellent job.
Overall I give it a high rating as I felt the characters were true to life and I learned on a feeling level, about the life of the "ordinary" slave.
It held my attention.
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