©1998 Guy Johnson; (P)2005 Recorded Books,LLC
This book was excellent. I found myself rooting for the King who is really a bad guy of sorts. I've just started the followup book Echoes of a Distant Summer and I hope it is half as good as Standing at the Scratch Line.
I love mysteries, action, thrillers, supernatural.... in general I just LOVE a great story!!
This is a story that has never been told, and told so well. It takes on stereotypes and challenges them, especially in regards to how African-American families do not support each other. This story is all about family and one man's quest to create a successful legacy for his lineage. Its sincere, cut-throat, thought provoking, challenging, and just damn good!
Of course, King Tremain. Strength, family values, passion, reciprocity, don't take no mess from nobody...
Too many to choose one!
You 'best say Joe 'cause you sho' don't know!"
Can't wait to start and finish Echoes of a Distant Summer... the legacy lives on!
After not being able to complete listening to a book in the last 3 downloads I stumbled on this little gem. This book had me from the first paragraph. I was hooked on the fight in the swamp and knew I was onto a good book. I was not wrong as the next 24 hours was just enjoyment. I did not want it to end. This is a saga from a blacks point of view from 1917 and the start of the Great War. (The First world war did not come about until the start of the Second world war. Before 1941 it was just the Great war). I have not always liked books from a black persons viewpoint. I did not like The Help and did not finish it. This book is different. It is fast paced and a page turner and although I was not alive during this time period I was alive in the forties and much clan activity still happened then. The clan was frightening and disgusting. This is just a book about the lives of colored people in their hard times. It seems to be genuine but I have no knowledge that it is true in any way. But I could believe it and it is a hard book. I just enjoyed it so much and want to pass that along to others looking for a good adventure book. I can't hardly wait for time to dull my memory enough to listen again. A top ten in my library of more than a thousand books. Bravo
Wow. This was one of the best books I listened to this year. I took it everywhere with me. The story was deep. Following the main character form beginning to end was eventful and exhausting. It's a must read. By the way the reader was excellent.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
This is powerful historical fiction that flows like a choice vintage wine. Wonderful performance by Dion Graham and a well told story with a protagonist you will not soon forget. Big thanks to other listeners whose recommendations led me to this gem.
I would absolutely listen to this again. It starts off slow, but it get so much better as Dion Graham reads further. Very complex and detailed entities with the characters, so much so that they make you believe your right there with them in the story.
What I like most is this "colored" man was able to take the white man's ignorance of his strength in mind, and soul and need for survival and out smart them throughout the entire book. Not because they knew him personally, but using their hate for colored people consistently stop them from actually knowing it was King and capable of being behind it all.
have not. But I plan to. He's an excellent narrator. Makes you believe you actually listening to the real character.
I gasped a couple of times because I thought I knew where the plot was going. I didn't. Some of Serena's decisions made me think of some of the things women as a whole. The decisions we make, the determination we have for what we want made me reflect on this book often.
Twas a GOOD BOOK....
Standing at the Scratch Line (25.5 hours)
Echoes of a Distant Summer (32.5 hours)
I listened to these two novels back to back ... 58 hours. To write a review for each is difficult as my brain holds them as one whole. So I'm writing one review that I will post for them both.
The plot is well written and the author spent time on character development which allowed the listener to fully understand the actions the characters choose to take as the story unfolded.
This is an enjoyable story, a generational family saga as described by the Publisher's Summary, stretching from the early 1900's into the1980's. If you are looking for a good adventure that gives insight into some aspects of Black lives during the "jim crow" era, these two novels could be for you, but they should be read in order.. Otherwise the second will leave you with less understanding. If you read the first one, I guarantee you will want to read the second.
The second story picks up where the first story leaves off. This saga is about revenge, envy, greed, jealousy and many other negative descriptives. It is a thought provoking saga and it challenges the listener to "suspend disbelief" to a good degree. It challenges you to believe that lots of money (bootleg alcohol days) and help from a few (one or two) white folks led to the development of the main character, King Leroi Tremayne, as a man not to be messed with and subsequently his grandson who learns from grandfather... which, as the story is told, is plausible and believable.
The story was incredibly suspenseful and you could never guess what will happen next or where the story would lead next.
Dion Graham is an excellent narrator... He brought the life into each character. I will listen to him again.
This is a well-written, captivating book with a lot of ongoing action. I applaud the black perspective although I think it's a stretch in some ways, such as the assumption that all white men are anxious to rape and bed all black women, even or especially in this time period. Had it been the reverse in a book, it would be condemned as racist. Neither present a balanced point of view. Looking past the stereotypical flaws, it's still a solid 4.5 stars. The narration is superb.
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