We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Magnolia City Audiobook

Magnolia City

Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Houston in the 1920s is a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus Allen, grandson of the Allen brothers who founded Houston as a real estate deal, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful, rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear of a wildcatter - an outsider named Garret MacBride.

Hetty is torn between Lamar's lavish courtship and her instinctive connection to Garret. As Lamar's wife, she would be guaranteed acceptance to the highest ranks of Houston society. Yet Garret, poor but powerfully ambitious, offers the adventure she craves, with rendezvous in illicit jazz clubs and reckless nights of passion. The men's intense rivalry extends to business, as rumors of a vast, untapped ocean of oil in East Texas spark a frenzy that can make fortunes - or shatter lives and dreams beyond repair.

©2014 Duncan W. Alderson (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Alderson's debut novel plays like smooth jazz." (Harper's Bazaar)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (14 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.9 (11 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.7 (11 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    G. Isber 12-11-14
    G. Isber 12-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Sugar Isber

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I didn't want the book to end!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magnolia City to be better than the print version?

    It is great to hear the voices.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    Heddy.....he did a great job managing the spanish, too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to savor it!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. I am 7th generation Houstonian and the writer did a great job researching the story. Lovely and it captured the history and richness. Superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jefferson 05-06-16
    Jefferson 05-06-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"

    It could have been a great historical fiction. The plot was captivating, but the graphic sex scenes detracted from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christy Esmahan 02-07-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Spanish pronunciation matters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magnolia City to be better than the print version?

    No. I think it's important to be sure the narrator can pronounce the Spanish correctly in a book so heavily laden with it.


    Did Dan John Miller do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pretty good, but he needed coaching in Spanish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.