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Tallgrass Audiobook
Tallgrass
Written by: 
Sandra Dallas
Narrated by: 
Lorelei King
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Tallgrass Audiobook

Tallgrass

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Publisher's Summary

During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers".

Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.

Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest and best parts of the human heart.

©2007 Sandra Dallas; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2008

"Poignant." (Booklist)
"Compelling....Dallas' terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nicoya Idaho Falls Idaho 11-10-07
    Nicoya Idaho Falls Idaho 11-10-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Done"

    This is a well told story of family, farm life, conflict, war, abuse, fear, love, support, humor, saddness, and life. I enjoyed it and wish there were more Sandra Dallas novels available.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-03-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-03-15 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "We're all the Same . . . Underneath our Skin . . ."

    This story of a family and a small town in Colorado during WWII that happened to be chosen for a Japanese internment camp is one that will stay with me for a long time . . . before the camp, the town seemed pretty much "normal", neighbor helping neighbor, going to church on Sunday, women quilting together, children going to school, farmers working hard in the fields . . . then everything changed . . . fear gripped everyone, a girl was found raped and murdered . . . and the towns people knew for sure it was one of those Japanese prisoners that did it . . . draft notices started arriving . . . the young men started going off to war . . . the Stroud family, trying to remain at peace with everyone around them, trying to raise their beet crop, take care of their aging grandmother who has good days and bad, sends their own son, Buddy off to fight the war . . . and Rennie, their thirteen year old daughter suddenly has to grow up too fast . . . This beautiful, sensitive tale is told from Rennie's point of view . . . at a time in history when young girls were seldom taught or allowed to THINK or reason for themselves . . . in a time of war, hate and fear when people hurt other people and when one could either choose love . . . or something far worse . . . the mystery of Susan's murder (Rennie's young friend) makes for even more angst . . . Sandra Dallas did an excellent job in writing Tallgrass . . . the interview with the author at the end did not add to the experience, however . . . I turned it off. I'd much rather stay in the moment of the story . . . savoring that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mary j aboughadareh 12-29-08
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    "Good mystery"

    I enjoyed this one. It is true what another reviewer said about the names. It was a little tuff at first sorting out the characters, but you soon get it sorted out. The only thing I didn't care for was that after the mystery was solved the story continued with a side story I didn't find that interesting. The wrap up could have been better, too.

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    Amazon Customer 05-26-16
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    "Very Good story!"

    I enjoyed the story and the narrative. Lots of factual information and emotion of characters keeps you listening.

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    Susan Denver, CO, United States 05-24-16
    Susan Denver, CO, United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Sandra Dallas never dissapoints"
    What made the experience of listening to Tallgrass the most enjoyable?

    I loved that the story took place close to my home. I couldn't imagine in today's time that we would ever incarcerate fellow Americans. It's a tragedy that these things actually occurred. This is a story of many triumphs.


    Any additional comments?

    Sandra Dallas wove the characters and story line like a beautiful embroidered silk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly GREENBRAE, CA, US 05-15-16
    Beverly GREENBRAE, CA, US 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So-so: Not Great, But Not Bad"

    It was good to find out more about the Japanese internment camps. It held my interest enough to finish listening, but just barely. Good characterization. Good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book! listened while traveling by auto."

    Good narration, easy listening, story with real life struggles to stay ahead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 08-01-15
    Alice 08-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book"

    I loved everything about this book! Good writing, great narrator. I've read several books about the internment camps, and this one was my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Riverside, CA, United States 07-28-15
    Andrea Riverside, CA, United States 07-28-15 Member Since 2008
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    "High potential, poorly delivered"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe - it's definitely young adult, and I would have loved it when I was 12. It has moments of brilliance but it also has partial plot copies of To Kill a Mockingbird, without the edge. It's very simplistic, more simplistic than a young teen, and while the author challenges racial stereotypes of the period, she also reinforces others, such as the acceptance of highly gendered roles. The author's portrayal of farm life and rural community at the time reads well and true.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father, although he seems to be an undisguised copy of Atticus Finch.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I usually love Lorelei King's reading, but she was truly miscast for this novel. She reads the voices as cute or comic and it comes across as overly twee. All the young kids' voices are presented as if they were 8 years old and bratty, even though they are in their teens and written to be thoughtful.


    Could you see Tallgrass being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe, on the Hallmark channel.


    Any additional comments?

    Great concept, good story, uneven writing, badly read. I would recommend the book to a 12-13 year old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 07-27-15
    Mary 07-27-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good read and story."

    I found the story well written and the characters were so well developed. I will be reading more books by Sandra Dallas. I also thought the narrator was perfect.

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