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By Monica on 07-22-18
I LOVE this book!
I had never heard of the Tulsa Race Riots until I saw a meme on Facebook announcing the anniversary of it in 2018! I did a quick search just to see if it was true and ended up buying five books on the subject - four non-fictions in paperback and THIS audiobook.
First, the performances are phenomenal. I listen to about three audiobooks per week. The voices of both Rowan and (especially) Will fit the characters perfectly. When they voiced other characters dialogue, it sounded natural rather than forced as is so often the case.
Second, the story is a perfect use of fiction to illustrate a true historical event. The characters are likable and you root for them throughout. The two timelines are easy to follow and mesh together perfectly. I laughed a little, cried a little, was reminded of people I know sometimes, and altogether enjoyed the ride.
Third, this book provides social commentary on race relations - then and now - without being overly preachy or heavily pessimistic. We have reasons to be hopeful for a more tolerant future in both the 1921 timeline, and in present day. This would be a great book to use in a college course on diversity or race relations. It could also be used at the high school level in an advanced social studies class.
I’m surprised at how few people have rated this book! I’ve recommended it to a few friends, and will continue to do so. I also posted about it on FB. Audible should promote it more. It’s definitely the best book I’ve listened to this year, and among the best performances ever.
Nice job Jennifer Latham, Luke Slattery, and Pyeng Threadgill.
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By MizzSkully on 07-24-18
Wow! Don't Miss This One!
I love how this book educates the reader on the incident the story is centered around while keeping you guessing at the same time. I've only heard vague mentions of it a few times my entire life so it was quite informative for me. I hope it wakes some people up also because the past DOES always come back around and America is definitely going in the wrong direction right now. This book is definitely worth the credit imo, and I'm glad I waited til it released on Audible even tho I PRE-ordered it on Kindle. Both narrators made the wait very worthwhile! And Ms. Jennifer? Whatever you have coming next, I'm WAITING!
By Shanedra D. Nowell on 04-27-18
Best fictional account of the Tulsa Race Riot
Although this is YA fiction, I would consider using this book in my college courses over the events of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa. Latham's research is excellent, her characters heartwarming, and her writing worthy to honor the tragic events. The story is relevant today and ties to current news headlines.