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Black Cloud Audiobook

Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928

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Publisher's Summary

The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press.

©2016 Florida Historical Society (P)2017 Florida Historical Society

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    Daman 03-17-17
    Daman 03-17-17 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "A tragedy that needed to be told"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Cloud the most enjoyable?

    Learning facets of the hurricane and it's timeless impact and what we can attribute today when connecting the facts.


    Have you listened to any of Lee Ann Howlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Strong, narration for the seriousness of the subject at hand.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 03-16-17
    Deedra United States 03-16-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    This is the story of the Hurricane that went through Florida in 1928 leaving destruction on a massive scale.Told ,matter of factly, by Lee Ann Howlett it is a must read.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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    Fascinatingbooks 03-10-17

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    "Vivid and Fascinating Account of the Hurricane"
    What did you love best about Black Cloud?

    It was richly detailed and had a strong sense of time and place. Personal accounts of what people actually experienced made this book a vivid and emotional. I loved the narration, Lee Ann Howlett was terrific.


    What other book might you compare Black Cloud to and why?

    I have never read another book about a hurricane or any other catastrophic weather event. But I strongly felt that this was a story that needed telling.


    Have you listened to any of Lee Ann Howlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to listen to her other narrations. She was able to keep me focused with her clarity and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments of both the survivors and those who didn't survive. Also, the struggle of those whose tried to help afterwards, their heroism was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Ann Howlett narrates this book flawlessly, in a no-nonsense crystal clear way. I can tell when a narrator understands what they are reading and when they don't. Lee Ann Howlett clearly understands the material she is narrating. Very easy to follow along even though the material is dense with facts, descriptions, and analysis of the many things that went wrong and those that were done correctly. She's the perfect narrator for this book.


    I highly recommend this tale of nature, human perseverance, courage and charity. It is a spellbinding story and one I will always remember.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nomi 03-06-17
    Nomi 03-06-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "interesting"

    Pretty interesting and informative. Somewhat repetitive at times.

    Great narration. Very well done.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Kansas 02-18-17
    April H. Kansas 02-18-17 Member Since 2010
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    Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928
    : Eliot Kleinberg


    A recounting of 1928 hurricane that hit Florida. A lot of information was repeated multiple times. The book could probably have been shortened by single reference to events and still been informative. There was good information provided.


    The narration was well done by Lee Ann Howlett.



    "I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 02-15-17
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 02-15-17 Member Since 2017

    Male, mid 60's, over 1,100 helpful votes on Amazon, over 300 helpful votes on Audible, own 560 + Audible books and over 10,100 Kindle books

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    "Danger Still Making News Today!"
    Where does Black Cloud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a strong entry in non fiction. There are elements of social injustice, natural catastrophe, regional history. And it's well written and narrated. There are personal stories of families.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Cloud?

    The realization that what occurred is even today, of major concern. Lake Okeechobee. You know the pictures from space? That big body of water in Florida is the subject of this disaster-Lake Okeechobee . I Googled the Lake and it is still a major concern TODAY!


    What does Lee Ann Howlett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought she did an outstanding job! Very pleasant, listenable voice. And though I'm no expert, her pronunciations seem right. I think that some of the material was a bit dry and Lee Ann made it more easy to hear about. Kept my attention!


    Any additional comments?

    An important issue was the racism that was prevalent at the time this disaster took place. A reason you may not be aware of the circumstances was that the victims were poor and Black.

    This was an interesting work! I enjoy History that is well researched and written. This fits in those criteria. I don't have any connection to Florida or the area, but this still held my attention.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Richards 03-07-17

    History buff and Heraldic Artist...

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    "A Good Piece of Florida History If You're Into It"
    Any additional comments?

    Story: This is an excellent aggregation of historical accounts, notes and both public and private records that are organized into a coherent account of the 1928 Hurricane that did so much damage to South Florida. While it is coherent, it is also a bit dry. There are a lot of personal details which are nice, but it mostly comes off as a chronological history, which is probably what the Author was aiming for.

    Performance: Lee Ann had a nice, southern voice that sounded almost like a native Floridian, though it was a bit more like South/North Carolina to my ear. But the recurring theme with audible narrators is that they all sound like it is their 3rd week on the job. Not so bad that it is really distracting, but they sound like the are over accentuating words and trying to be dramatic. As a professional voice artist, I can be a bit over critical, but my advice to all of them is to listen to yourself regularly and just read. Don't act, don't emphasize, just read like you read in your head and it will come out less stilted.

    Overall: This was a great book if you are a Florida Historian. If you are not, it might be a tough read. I enjoyed learning about the 1928 Hurricane, but I was wishing it was about 1/2 the length it currently is.


    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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