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Screenwriter David Fuller spent eight years researching Sweetsmoke, in the process discovering that members of his family fought on both sides of the Civil War.

Cassius Howard is a skilled slave, once his master's favorite. But his master Hoke is now little more than a fragile old man, depressed about an ever-shrinking plantation and losing a son to war. When an old freed woman who once saved Cassius from Hoke's wrath is killed, Cassius risks everything to avenge her death.

©2008 David Fuller; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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  • Brandon
  • La Porte, TX, United States
  • 03-17-10

Loved the book except one odd bit of narration

I like the book. I like the look at the Civil War period from the perspective of the slave. I like the richness of the characters.

I thought the narration was well done except for the three occasions where German characters are being narrated. The narrator has an odd accent for them. It sounds more Jamaican than German.

It's a very small part of the book so I can't say it had a lot of impact on my enjoyment but it was odd each time and if you are a stickler for accents it might be best to avoid it.