• by Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo
  • 18 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families.
Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been - not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children.
With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans, and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.


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Gosh, where to begin. First, due to all the hype, I was expecting a sweeping saga - (think a Southern "Thorn Birds"). Not even close. Instead this read like a third rate Harlequin novel, complete with heaving bosoms and dreadful dialog. The black characters were stereotyped card board cut outs - "Lawdy, Miss Maary - I sees dem folks a coming..." and, well, you get the picture. But the real stinker was the narration. At times her "Southern" accent was more Hillbilly twang; with all the great narrators out there, SOMEBODY could do a better job with this book. And to think this cost 2 credits! Not even worth one.
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- Laurie

Scarlett O'hara meet Mary Toliver

Leila Meacham, in my opinion, is one of the best writers I have ever read. The complexity of her characters is beautiful and the story a story full of depth.

I couldn't put the book down or should I say take the ear bud out. Truly an amazing book. Even my husband enjoyed listening to it.
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- Rozette

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio