Your audiobook is waiting…

The Red Cotton Fields (Newly Edited Edition)

Red Cotton Fields Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Larry Oliver
Length: 33 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The Red Cotton Fields is a story written in the tradition of great historical epics. The story begins on a Georgia plantation in the year 1850, ending on the gold fields of Australia in the year 1884. This is a story surrounding three southern families (the plantation owners, the plantation overseer's family, and a Negro slave family) leading up to and including the Civil War.

Listeners will experience the demise of a southern plantation and follow two of the plantation's previous occupants (Bart Royal, the white overseer's son, and Reiner Washington, an escaped slave as they rise to become two of the richest men in the world).

Also, The Red Cotton Fields is a classic love story between the plantation owner's daughter, Holly Ballaster, and the overseer's son, Bart Royal. The Red Cotton Fields is destined to become a classic. Listen to it and you will understand why. Book two Fields of Gold and Sorrow was published in the spring of 2015.

©2003 Michael Strickland (P)2019 Michael Strickland

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Epic Saga of Civil War Plantation Familes

I received a free copy of this audio book as a promotion when enrolling with Audible.

This is an engaging historical saga that carries the listener along to experience the triumphs and tragedies of characters living in the turbulent times surrounding plantation life in mid-1800's Georgia.

The storms of turmoil that swept through the lives of the story's families, as America’s Civil War tattered the fabric of the nation and its families, are vividly portrayed.

The author has given life to the characters by intimately exploring their emotions and motivations. We encounter, romance, passion, betrayal, cruelty, kindness, regret, redemption, victory, and defeat as we follow the families of plantation owner, African slaves, and the moral chaos the slave overseer’s son faces with deep emotional connections with both.

The narrator does a good job of reflecting the varied voices and dialects of the many characters presented in this tale spanning events in America and across the sea to the gold fields of Australia.

The author has bravely chosen to have his characters speak and act within the reality of their time, and no doubt some listeners will be shocked, even offended by the language and terms used.

Although the raw tone of the narrative may bring discomfort to some; an unvarnished account of history demands that no author diminish their voice by being expected to have characters suddenly adopt conventions that more gently accommodate the fragile sensitivities of some of our contemporary speech police.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A must read!

I listened to this book at the request of the author, a childhood acquaintance and fully expected an amateurish Southern Civil War Saga. Much to my delight I was captivated by the story within the first 30 minutes. Michael Strickland has a real talent for telling an old story with a new insight. A predictable storyline has enough twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what is to come. His descriptions are also refreshing and help the reader visualize the natural elements and characters. I was in the buggy on the muddy roads and felt the anguish of the characters. There were few old cliches. Truly a great story. I plan to listen to more of his work.