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The Declaration

Tales from a Revolution: South Carolina
Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A hardworking tobacco farmer in the Carolina Uplands, Justin Harris wants only to provide for his family. The outbreak of revolution turns his life upside down, and he cannot anticipate how even his seemingly most inconsequential actions will touch the lives of generations yet to come. Through crushing setbacks and hard-won victories, Justin's perseverance serves as a gift to his descendants.

©2008 Lars D. H. Hedbor (P)2018 Lars D. H. Hedbor

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Learning History Through Stories

This is a well written account of a time in American history just prior to the declaration of independence from the British. The characters and situations are well described as we move between the present and the past. Narration is ideally paced to allow the listener to fully comprehend the narrative without being slow. A very entertaining and informative listen.

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  • jey cee
  • 02-06-19

The Declaration

The story so effective is a side-by-side narrative of events taking place two hundred years before. We’re actually able to live the history being discovered in the attic.

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  • Jan
  • 17-04-18

Excellent!

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Disclaimer: our family used to be American Revolutionary War reenactors.
I thought that this was an excellent historical. The idea of a family of today finding a prewar document is possible, and the parallel voicing of today and then is very well done. The characters are interesting and engaging and quite believable. Good for nearly any age.
The choice of narrator is interesting, but as I loved listening to him that says it all.
I requested and received a free review copy.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 10-04-18

History Brought to Life!

Where does The Declaration rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I always enjoy a good historical fiction and this one was definitely a fun one. I'll admit that when it started I wasn't sure if I would like it... the narrator's very deep voice (reminiscent of James Earl Jones) was an adjustment for me- didn't fit the initial characters- but as I got deeper into the story it all fit together. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. The story pops back and forth from current time and the Revolution Era and each is so well developed that you look forward to the switches between them wanting to know how each turns out.

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This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Believer50
  • 17-03-18

Enjoyable

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, via Audiobook Boom, and have voluntarily left this review."
When I first started listening I didn't think I would like the story but as I continued to listen and delve into the Harris story I became more involved with the characters and the story. I liked how the story went back and forth from what was happening now to what happened in the past.
The narrator was very good and kept me listening well into the night so I could get to the end of the story, Good history lesson.

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  • Myztikal
  • 11-06-19

Amazing!

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Tales from a Revolution are a series a tales with settings scattered within the Thirteen Colonies. Each book is a stand alone tale centered in a little known town/village and how the war effected, impacted, or changed the way of life.
Lesser known historical facts are woven into or leading up to the more pivotal or History Class taught battles.
These are more than “A Day in the Life”. It’s heavy with emotion and turmoil.
The Declaration is a phenomenal book and, hands down, my favorite.
While cleaning the attic of the home of a deceased patriarch, Kate, in modern day, finds an aged newspaper which reported Mecklenburg County in North Carolina was the first to declare their Independence from England.
We travel between the 18th and 21st centuries and it unravels. The present includes realistic reactions from experts, professors, and media coverage.

This is a very entertaining book. It’s highly recommended for history enthusiasts and those who want a heart tugging deeper story with a dash of historical fiction.

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  • Maly C
  • 20-05-19

Amazing

Another book by this author and narrator that is amazing. I finished this book in one day because i couldn't put it down. I love how the author went very smoothly back and forth in time very seamless and amazing. I love history and this author brings it to life and makes it even more interesting. The narrator breathed life into the characters and just mesmerizes you with this tale. His smooth voice is easy to listen to and has so much character that you feel like you are there with the characters.
I had never heard of the document discussed in this book and it makes me really want to do some research on it. I also love that the author gives you more information on the history everything at the end of the book.

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  • Catrina P
  • 22-05-18

The Declaration

An enjoyable historical fiction. The story follows the Harris family and alternates between the past and present timelines. I liked how everything came together and the decisions in the past affected future generations.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Margaret
  • 21-04-18

It’s the little things we do

This story is set in both the past and the present. We follow a present-day grandmother and granddaughter as they find a copy of an old paper up in their attic. It was kept safe for many generations and finding it has a huge impact on their lives.
We also follow the story of their ancestors during the time prior to the writing of the Mecklenburg Declaration. The colonists, due to the horrible treatment by the British troops, band together to fight back and protect their own. Our main character joins the Committee of Safety’s patrol. We get insight into the plight of his family and other colonists. We also get a glimpse into the hardships endured by the slaves on the tobacco plantations. Many colonists suffered injustices under the British, but many more slaves suffered by the hand of the British soldiers and the colonists.
I read / listen to a lot of historical fiction and I found it unique that the main family is not inserted into pivotal roles or conveniently by the side of those that made the Declaration. They are everyday people doing what they feel is right to survive. That makes this book read more like a historical biography than fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this author and I will look for more! A lot of research went into this book.

Narrator did a great job voicing this book. Distinct voices were used for each character and the female voices were well done. He did everything from a young woman, to grandmother, to a deep voiced man. His cadence was very pleasant. I’d love to listen to another story by this narrator.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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  • Deedra
  • 29-09-19

The Declaration

Excellent!The finding of a document among papers in an attic set the scene for a tale of past and present of one family both in the Revolutionary war and now.Shamaan Casey was a wonderful narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Laura
  • 12-07-19

Engaging Historical Drama

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This story is told by mixing a present day story of the owners of a property with flashbacks to the owners of the same property during the time of the Revolutionary War. Here, Katie has volunteered to help pack up her grandmother's house so that it can be sold and her grandmother moved to a nursing home. As Katie is going through the attic, she finds a chest containing papers dating back to the Revolutionary War. A local historian is called to authenticate the documents. During the Revolutionary War, the same property is owned by tobacco farmer Justin Harris and his family. The Harris family is forced to make decisions related to their farm, becoming involved in the uprising against Britain and their slave Terrance.

I am a big fan of historical fiction - escpecially when the story is based on lesser known historical facts. The author deftly weaves together the present and past to create an engaging tale. History comes to life with real heart and thanks to this author's stories, the people who persevered are longer faceless cold facts in a long forgotten history book.

The narrator did a wonderful job. He did various voices for the different characters and really made the story come alive.