©1995 Ernest J. Gaines, All Rights Reserved, Abridgment Approved by the Author; (P) and ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks and Juneteenth Audio Books, Time Warner AudioBooks Is a Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing
An Oprah Book Club selection.
Very heart felt story beautifully told. Such a sad narrative. I find it difficult to accept that people can judge so unfairly, with devastating consequences. How many innocent people were murdered by the law this way? The journey of the incident right through to the very end is about Jefferson, how his family Nan Nan and everyone is impacted. The defence were right, the murder and robbery was not Jefferson. Not a thing, or a hog but a strong, innocent man with the support of the teacher. Some seriously thought provoking story, told brilliantly. Saddening, true and disgusted by the attitudes and inequalities which should be told to allow anyone to see what happened, what one mans support for another and to prepare him to stand strong and be a man is a difficult journey to hear. The impact and difference one teacher has on Jefferson, provided him with strength and courage with new experiences which helped him.
This should be listened to by everyone, after all no money for the book, or the couple of hours you spare to listen are priceless. The lessons you learn, with your perspective and thoughts challenged and understand why change was needed to allow equality for all. Every one has rights and a voice. Be grateful for this.
Already listening to this again. Beautifully written and narrated and heartbreakingly honest like the book the colour purple.
"Just like the old Sears radio hour"
This is too good to be true. I remember long ago listening to the old Sears radio hour and listening to the show while imagining what was happening. This book is very well done.
"Misses the mark"
There is a significant amount of the novel not included in this reading. I was very disappointed that so much is skipped and left out.
The narrator(s) brought the characters emotionally alive and unambiguous. The story is wonderfully written -- tightly woven but the author takes his time so you can get to know the characters. I look for more from this team.
it helps me to read book..but..
it is not full contents
that makes me sad...
"An emotionally gripping story..."
Skillfully written, deeply emotional, and well worth my time. Very eye opening and exquistely eye-opening. This story unlike anything I had read or heard, but now in retrospect, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have come across this marvellously written piece of work.
"Great book, but skip the audio and get the Kindle."
This is a beautiful story. Tragic and breathtaking, but the narration kills it. Jefferson's voice is mealy-mouthed and terrible. He's narrated in a way that is almost condescending, which takes away from the beauty and strength of his character. It might work if the voice changed to match the change in character, but this unfortunately does not happen.
This entire book was memorable.
The one who narrated Jefferson needs to find new work. The person who narrated Grant did a great job. They may be the same person. I didn't actually check who narrated which.
Just read it. It's amazing.
"Skips A Few Things"
The reader skips some chapters and parts about the school and the children/students. Overall it was a good read, the reader did a great job portraying each character.
"Very good story"
I think that this book itself has some great points in it. It really is a good life lesson sort of story. I am a little perturbed by the fact that this is an abridged version and I couldn't find a full version audio anywhere. Well read though. Doesn't hurt to put it on 1.5x for a faster read.
"The Next Mockingbird"
My hope is that some day, the sooner the better, this book is on every school curriculum.
It really makes you think. the only defence offered was that he was a hog and not human? wrong place, wrong time. 6 months could have been used for appeals. I listened to the whole book in one sitting.
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