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Sounder Audiobook

Sounder

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Publisher's Summary

A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed. Then, one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy's life will never be the same.

©1969 William H. Armstrong; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 1970 Newbery Medal Winner

"The magnificent trained bass of Avery Brooks is a beautiful compliment to Armstong's prose; words and voice clearly paint images and evoke emotional responses from the listener." (AudioFile)

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    Vera brooklyn, NY, USA 02-17-08
    Vera brooklyn, NY, USA 02-17-08
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    "Beautifully read"

    The language in this moving story approaches poetry, and the narrator, with his deep, resonant voice, captures the cadences.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nena Santa Rosa, CA 02-21-08
    Nena Santa Rosa, CA 02-21-08 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my favorite childhood reads"

    This title was assigned to me in school and one of the books that fed my love of reading!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 08-14-17
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    "Sad but powerful!"

    Excellent listen...the reader really enhanced the experience. What sad history but so worth the knowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roachie 08-05-17
    Roachie 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awsome book"

    This book has a lot is details and
    It is a sad story
    Sounder is the best book I've read

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    04-25-17
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    "Awful"

    Awfully hard to understand narrator and COMPLETELY EXTREMELY UNEXPLAINABLY revolting story. Whatever you do, stay away

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    Petra M 04-23-17
    Petra M 04-23-17
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    "Do you love Dogs then you'll love Sounder"

    Wonderful touching story! Great reader! Great guitar playing😊! You love dogs you love Sounder!🐶 a wonderful book about a boy and a dog!

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    04-18-17
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    "Awesome book and narrator"

    Great story and boy and his dog. Narrator was very specific and made the story better.

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    KW9-kid 02-06-17
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    "Keeps stop'n"

    This is a very good book, i have read up to chapter 5 but i thought it would be nice to re-hear what i already read while wait'n to get in to see me Dr. but this audio book stops less than 15 minutes from the begin'n of the book, i'm mean'n from the begin'n of chapter 1, so i'm not real happy with the whole thing, truth be told i'm very unhappy,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy B. Maine 10-10-16
    Amy B. Maine 10-10-16 Member Since 2013

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    "This story sucks"

    Bad story for me and probably a lot of other people sad and depressing I don't think it was worth the money

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "great book sad though I don't do well with this su"

    loved it great reading voice and the content was a little tough to deal with for me

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