• by James A. Michener
  • Narrated by Larry McKeever
  • 50 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener's magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America's past, the story of Colorado - the Centennial State - is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; and the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West - and the entire country.


What the Critics Say

"A hell of a book.... While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates." (Los Angeles Times)
"An absorbing work.... Michener is a superb storyteller." (BusinessWeek)
"An engrossing book...imaginative and intricate...teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land." (The Plain Dealer)


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Customer Reviews

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Typical Michener, horrendous reader

Pretty good book and completely fits with the typical Michener approach to the generational historical novel, which I think he invented and has been cribbed by lesser minds since. It's generally interesting and mildly informative. Perfect for a long trip.

Special note about this awful reader: he truly takes Michener's verbosity to new lows of plodding, robotic dullness. Really not sure how someone this insensitive to the material can have a career as a reader. Generally I can work my way through most readers and get to the heart of the material, but it was really hard with Centennial.
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- garyyac "Garyyac"

Great book ruined by the narrator

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was disappointing to say the least

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I have been waiting for years for this book to come out in Audio form. What a huge let down! The narration is a bitter, dismal, disappointment. The narrator, hands down, has to be the worst I have every listened to. I gave the performance one star because I had to to write this review. If I could have I would have given it minus stars. And the pronunciation of some words--- OH PLEASE. Great book though. Read it, don’t listen to it.

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- Bill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio