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Tallgrass Audiobook

Tallgrass

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Publisher's Summary

During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers".

Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.

Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest and best parts of the human heart.

©2007 Sandra Dallas; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2008

"Poignant." (Booklist)
"Compelling....Dallas' terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alexis Yucca Valley, CA, United States 11-19-08
    Alexis Yucca Valley, CA, United States 11-19-08
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    "Good Audio Book"

    Great book. Worth the buy. The reader was good. Her voice changes where not bad like another reader said.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    sheila Mulgrave, Australia 10-31-12
    sheila Mulgrave, Australia 10-31-12 Member Since 2014

    A reader who loves to sew, which makes Audible ideal. No special trends but always on the lookout for recommended titles. Appreciate good stories not the graphic details which seem to be the trend.

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    "Another Winner for Me"

    Its so good to find books without all the explicit sex murder etc.
    This is all left to the reader. I love Sandra Dallas books and I also learn a lot about the history of America. I hadn't heard of the Camps before but she aways leaves me having to find out more. I loved the ending and the reading was excellent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eoin Kilcullen, Ireland 06-07-12
    Eoin Kilcullen, Ireland 06-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A gentle tale; engrossing, absorbing and well read"

    Lovely story, well read and with a goodly amount of humour - well-researched too.

    Lorelei King, as always, is an absolute champion - I just love her voice characterisations. Really lovely stuff :)

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicoya Idaho Falls Idaho 11-10-07
    Nicoya Idaho Falls Idaho 11-10-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Done"

    This is a well told story of family, farm life, conflict, war, abuse, fear, love, support, humor, saddness, and life. I enjoyed it and wish there were more Sandra Dallas novels available.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-03-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-03-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "We're all the Same . . . Underneath our Skin . . ."

    This story of a family and a small town in Colorado during WWII that happened to be chosen for a Japanese internment camp is one that will stay with me for a long time . . . before the camp, the town seemed pretty much "normal", neighbor helping neighbor, going to church on Sunday, women quilting together, children going to school, farmers working hard in the fields . . . then everything changed . . . fear gripped everyone, a girl was found raped and murdered . . . and the towns people knew for sure it was one of those Japanese prisoners that did it . . . draft notices started arriving . . . the young men started going off to war . . . the Stroud family, trying to remain at peace with everyone around them, trying to raise their beet crop, take care of their aging grandmother who has good days and bad, sends their own son, Buddy off to fight the war . . . and Rennie, their thirteen year old daughter suddenly has to grow up too fast . . . This beautiful, sensitive tale is told from Rennie's point of view . . . at a time in history when young girls were seldom taught or allowed to THINK or reason for themselves . . . in a time of war, hate and fear when people hurt other people and when one could either choose love . . . or something far worse . . . the mystery of Susan's murder (Rennie's young friend) makes for even more angst . . . Sandra Dallas did an excellent job in writing Tallgrass . . . the interview with the author at the end did not add to the experience, however . . . I turned it off. I'd much rather stay in the moment of the story . . . savoring that.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 11-17-14
    Judith 11-17-14

    Just love reading!

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    "Lacking"
    Would you try another book from Sandra Dallas and/or Lorelei King?

    Not sure


    Would you recommend Tallgrass to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not likely


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was Tallgrass worth the listening time?

    Some of it


    Any additional comments?

    Could have focused more on the Japanese families and the effects of their internment. I realize the author was attempting to show the unjust contempt of that small community, but more detail of the Japanese boys and their families would have enriched the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Burdge 09-22-12
    P. Burdge 09-22-12

    wordrioter

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    "A History Lesson about Japanese Internment Camps"

    In this time it is so difficult to understand why our government would have sent thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry to internment camps. Why didn't we do the same with Germans? Was it because Germans looked like us? Unanswerable questions - it was a different time, and a different world. Wonderful historical fiction story, fully-fleshed characters. Worth a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mary j aboughadareh 12-29-08
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    "Good mystery"

    I enjoyed this one. It is true what another reviewer said about the names. It was a little tuff at first sorting out the characters, but you soon get it sorted out. The only thing I didn't care for was that after the mystery was solved the story continued with a side story I didn't find that interesting. The wrap up could have been better, too.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Medina, MN, USA 10-22-09
    John Medina, MN, USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing"

    Poorly written with a shallow plot. If you've read much WWII history, the characters are not very believable. Silly writing mistakes, such as a character hanging up laundry when the author describes the weather as below zero and snowing. Finally in the post book interview the author compares the Japanese internment camps to Guantanamo. A ridiculous comparison and serious insult to Japanese-Americans.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 01-18-13
    Jacqueline 01-18-13 Member Since 2014

    NGMajMom

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    "Good story, history, Mystery, combination"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tallgrass to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think a book is better than the movie and audible is better than the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration brought the characters to life


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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