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  • A Lesson Before Dying | Ernest J. Gaines

    A Lesson Before Dying

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith
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    Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected.

    James says: "Just like the old Sears radio hour"
  • A Gathering of Old Men | Ernest J. Gaines,Sally Darling

    A Gathering of Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines, Sally Darling
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods
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    When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly 20 elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man's brutish father pass judgment his way?

    David Robbins says: "Complex and engaging."
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman | Ernest J. Gaines

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By Lynne Thigpen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman has sold over a million copies nationwide since its publication in 1971, making the fictional character of Miss Jane so real many people don’t know she exists only in the imagination of Louisiana-born author Ernest J. Gaines. Miss Jane is 100 years old when she is interviewed by an area high school teacher looking to teach his students more about plantation society in the Deep South. Her story is not only a vivid picture of the South before the dawn of the civil rights era, but also a story of one woman’s survival against overwhelming odds.

    Jean says: "From Civil War to Civil Rights"
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman | Ernest J. Gaines

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By Tonya Jordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960s. Miss Jane Pittman has "endured," has seen almost everything and foretold the rest.

    Susan says: "At great listen"
  • Catherine Carmier | Ernest J. Gaines

    Catherine Carmier

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By S. Patricia Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Jackson returns home to his family after an absence of 10 years, he discovers that his bonds to them have been irreparably rent by his absence. In the midst of his alienation, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier, setting the stage for conflicts and confrontations which are complex, tortuous, and universal in their implications.

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