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  • The Myth of Perpetual Summer

  • By: Susan Crandall
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Tallulah James comes from a long line of intelligent college professors with strong Southern roots - and long-buried family secrets. Tallulah's childhood is a tumultuous one: Her mother is often absent as she puts her goals to save the world over her family. Her father's ignored bipolar disorder results in bouts of depression and manic behavior that often leave Tallulah afraid and confused. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly what I expected

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-12-18

Summer

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This is a very enjoyable, relatable and quite descriptive book. The author was thoughtful in describing the south and southern families and ways of living. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend!!😁

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Scorched Earth

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: William Gear
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict, one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family’s eyes. In rural Arkansas, such were the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and, in spite of it all, survived. Their survival is a testament to the power of love...and the American spirit. This is their story. And ours. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Jo on 06-22-18

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I wish I could give 10s!!!! This book is an incredible story. I was enthralled from page one and actually didn't want the book to end. The characters were believable and became so real. The narration was excellent. The storyline was not the usual and because it was unpredictable it is unforgettable! Please do yourself a favor and read this book!! You surely won't forget it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Margaret Walker
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family's oral history with 30 years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting!

  • By purp on 12-14-16

Awesome!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

This is an awesome book that will take you back to the era. The storyline is wonderful and the reading was superb. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who loves history and especially civil war era.

  • Ellen Foster

  • By: Kaye Gibbons
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kaye Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Wise, funny, affectionate and true, Ellen Foster is, as Walker Percy called it, "The real thing. Which is to say, a lovely, sometimes heart/wrenching novel...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!!

  • By Jo on 04-06-18

Great!!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This is one of the most unique books I have ever read! I really really enjoyed reading it and I hope that you will take the time to read it as well. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all!

  • The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

  • A Novel
  • By: Nancy Peacock
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon "Persy" Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth - his truth. He may be guilty but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master's wife. In 1860 Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing of your own

  • By Patrice Hamilton on 04-24-18

Wow!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

This is an unforgettable story!! I ask you to read it for yourself and I know you will agree! Can't express to you how much is enjoyed this unpredictable and truly amazing book!!

  • Marching to Zion

  • By: Mary Glickman
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Marching to Zion is the tragic story of Minerva Fishbein and Magnus Bailey, a charismatic black man and the longtime business partner of Minerva's father. From the brutal riots of East St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee, during the 1920s and the Depression, Marching to Zion is a tale of passion, betrayal, and redemption during an era in America when interracial love could not go unpunished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Jo on 10-11-17

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Fantastic book! GLickman is an excellent story teller and her books are well worth reading. Highly recommend!😊

  • The Keepers of the House

  • By: Shirley Ann Grau
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Insufficient Conclusion

  • By Debbie on 06-24-14

Wow!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-16

This was an excellent book!!!! I know you'll enjoy listening ..... Will keep you focused all the way through!!

  • Heaven and Hell

  • Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as great as the first two

  • By Richard on 04-10-13

Trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-16

This trilogy is excellent!! I would recommend it to anyone who likes history and a good story!

  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Great!!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

What a work!!!! I was taken in from the start!! Never was it boring! Recommend to all!

  • The Killer Angels

  • The Classic Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-27-09

Wow!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-16

What a great book!! I would recommend this to anyone interested in history. Great narration too!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when it was over. Miss the characters