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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author of the national best-seller Tumbling, Diane McKinney-Whetstone is an immensely talented author of African American fiction. It is 1965 in Philadelphia and Clarise, Finch, and their three adolescent daughters are living a financially privileged life. But when Finch’s business falls on hard times and Clarise suffers a mental breakdown, their idyllic world is shattered and their daughters are endangered.

©1998 Diane McKinney-Whetstone (P)2002 Recorded Books

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interesting

This writer weaves an interesting tale, that keeps you listening to the very last word!

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Great story

The author did an excellent job of character development. The story caught me right from the beginning. The narrator did a great job distinguishing the different characters.

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Walking in someone else's shoes

Would you listen to Tempest Rising again? Why?

Yes. I like the way this author moves so-called opposing characters into each others lives.

What other book might you compare Tempest Rising to and why?

Tumbling, also by Dianne McKinney Whetstone.

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

I have not. She makes you care about the characters you're hearing about.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. But I did thoroughly enjoy it.

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Just Ok

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was worth one listen, but I doubt that I'll listen to this story again.

Has Tempest Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Any additional comments?

I didn't expect a lot of drama, but this story kind of just went on and on with no real climax. I kept waiting for the big moment, and by the time I realized the climax had taken place, the book was over. I think the author put too much into the build-up, and left a lot missing from the ending. This was not a favorite, but... I liked the characters. That kept me interested.

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Even Better in Audio

Where does Tempest Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Second in fiction books, only "The Help" was better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The daughters, Shern, Victoria, and Bliss. These characters were well-developed and kept me interested in the story.

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

No, this is the first.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

The reading was very good. The only improvement was to have more variety in the voices.