James A. Michener
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James A. Michener

James Albert Michener (/ˈmɪtʃnər/; February 3, 1907 - October 16, 1997) was an American author of more than 40 books, the majority of which were fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating solid history. Michener was known for the popularity of his works; he had numerous bestsellers and works selected for Book of the Month Club. He was also known for his meticulous research behind the books.

Michener's novels include Tales of the South Pacific for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948, Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas and Poland. His non-fiction works include Iberia, about his travels in Spain and Portugal; his memoir titled The World Is My Home, and Sports in America. Return to Paradise combines fictional short stories with Michener's factual descriptions of the Pacific areas where they take place.

His first book was adapted as the popular Broadway musical South Pacific by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and later as a film by the same name, adding to his financial success.
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    • Hawaii

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener, Steve Berry - introduction
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever, Fred Sanders - introduction
    • Length: 51 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 540
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 491

    Michener uses individuals' experiences to symbolize the struggle of the various races to establish themselves in the islands....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much to My Surprise, I Really Liked It

    • By Donna L. Leary on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Alaska

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 57 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 716
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 646
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 652

    The high points in the story of Alaska since the American acquisition are brought vividly to life through more than 100 characters, real and fictional....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, More True than Fiction

    • By Basil Sands on 08-21-15

    Regular price: $49.00

    • The Source

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 54 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 922
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 816
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 816

    In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Unlistenable

    • By GGS Engineering on 09-11-15

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Centennial

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 50 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 656
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 590
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 589

    Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener's magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A great book spoiled

    • By Rick on 02-12-17

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Chesapeake

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 50 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 453
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 453

    The central scene of Michener's historical novel is that section of Maryland's Eastern shore, hardly more than 10 miles square....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Soooo worth my time... and a rant at the end

    • By Jan on 08-29-15

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Texas

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 64 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 326
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    Through the remarkable lives of four families, this epic saga spans four centuries and two continents and charts the dramatic formation of several great dynasties....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story...but then there was the narration

    • By Jim on 03-03-16

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Caribbean

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 32 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245

    Caribbean packs 700 dramatic years into a tale teeming with revolution and romance, authentic characters and thunderous destinies....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The last paragraph!

    • By Tim Wilson on 01-21-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Poland

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 30 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 306
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303

    In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible narration

    • By J. Ortega on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Covenant

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 58 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    James A. Michener's masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Defense of the narrator

    • By william smith on 06-07-17

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Mexico

    • A Novel
    • By: James A. Michener
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 189

    When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted to learn more about Mexican history and culture...

    • By Peace on 01-06-16

    Regular price: $42.00

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