Standing at the Scratch Line

  • by Guy Johnson
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi "King" Tremain, caught up in his family's ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight. But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains' fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana.

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Excellent read!

This book was excellent. I found myself rooting for the King who is really a bad guy of sorts. I've just started the followup book Echoes of a Distant Summer and I hope it is half as good as Standing at the Scratch Line.
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- Cheryl C. Tinson

"You Best Say Joe, Cause You Sho' Don't Know!"


Standing at the Scratch Line (25.5 hours)
Echoes of a Distant Summer (32.5 hours)


I listened to these two novels back to back ... 58 hours. To write a review for each is difficult as my brain holds them as one whole. So I'm writing one review that I will post for them both.

The plot is well written and the author spent time on character development which allowed the listener to fully understand the actions the characters choose to take as the story unfolded.

This is an enjoyable story, a generational family saga as described by the Publisher's Summary, stretching from the early 1900's into the1980's. If you are looking for a good adventure that gives insight into some aspects of Black lives during the "jim crow" era, these two novels could be for you, but they should be read in order.. Otherwise the second will leave you with less understanding. If you read the first one, I guarantee you will want to read the second.

The second story picks up where the first story leaves off. This saga is about revenge, envy, greed, jealousy and many other negative descriptives. It is a thought provoking saga and it challenges the listener to "suspend disbelief" to a good degree. It challenges you to believe that lots of money (bootleg alcohol days) and help from a few (one or two) white folks led to the development of the main character, King Leroi Tremayne, as a man not to be messed with and subsequently his grandson who learns from grandfather... which, as the story is told, is plausible and believable.

The story was incredibly suspenseful and you could never guess what will happen next or where the story would lead next.

Dion Graham is an excellent narrator... He brought the life into each character. I will listen to him again.

Highly Recommend....
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- R. Pontiflet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books