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Whistling Past the Graveyard
- By: Susan Crandall
- Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
- Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.
Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south
- By Laurette on 07-16-14
Feel Good meets Reality
Sometimes you need a simple "feel good" book to soothe your soul. This book isn't it. The author doesn't flinch from portraying the overt racism of the South in the early 1960s (2016?). Nevertheless, while the characters may have been a bit overly simplistic, they grab your heart and take you along on their journey. The story made it clear that every struggle to right wrongs is never really over. There are always people that are willing to crush the disenfranchised to secure their own power, BUT - there will always be people that say "NO! I will not stand by while you undermine anyone's dignity." My soul needed this book right now.
A word on the artist that recorded the audio for the book: I don't think I've ever given a 5 star rating on audio. As much as I love listening to audio books, sooner or later I am usually distracted away from the storyline by a poorly rendered character. The ONLY time that I was slightly distracted by the narration was when she mispronounced Warner Robbins, GA. Her drawl and emotive portrayal brought Starla to life.
Read/listen to the book!
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I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
- By: Steve Earle
- Narrated by: Steve Earle
- Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams—not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him.
The Down and Out get a spiritual renewal
- By Bob on 06-04-12
One of my favorite books.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I have recommended it to friends.
What other book might you compare I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive to and why?
It's unique - I think it stands by itself.
Have you listened to any of Steve Earle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I've always enjoyed Steve Earle's music, but it was a real pleasure to discover his writing talent.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I purchased this book AFTER I'd already listened to it twice for free as an audio loan from my library. It's like an old friend that's good at making you laugh until you cry - you just want them close by.