• The Smallest Tadpole's War in the Land of Mysterious Waters

  • By: Diane Swearingen
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-23-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Smallest Tadpole
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Smallest Tadpole’s War in the Land of Mysterious Waters is based on a true story, a family story. It is part of the Florida Special Collection at the State Library of Florida, and the Florida History Collection at the University of Florida Smathers Library, Florida State Strozier Library and Gulf Coast State College.
In early 1861, Florida was a rural frontier state that had joined the Union just 15 years before. Its population of 140,000 was by far the smallest of any of the states that formed the Confederacy. Nearly 63,000 of the population were African Americans, most of whom were slaves working in an agricultural-based economy. The majority of the white population was relatively poor and rural. In the 1860s, a Northern newspaper referred to Florida as "the smallest tadpole in the dirty pool of succession."
©2015 Diane Swearingen (P)2018 Diane Swearingen
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cycletrash on 04-29-18

Florida's Part in the Civil War

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of The Smallest Tadpole's War in the Land of Mysterious Waters: by Diane Swearingen and narrated by Jim Seybert. I asked for this book because I like listening to history, especially war history with a focus on the War Between the States. This book did not disappoint. It offers a glimpse into the past showing how and why people lived as they did, the mind set and political machinations of a minority of people that end up affecting the lives of the majority. Jim Seybert did a superlative job narrating this, including his use of a southern inflection. It is a very worthwhile book to listen to and I highly recommend the book and the narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 04-20-18

Some everyday people during some hard times

This book is a very nicely done historical fiction leaning heavier to the historical side. The story starts with the focus of the book - Henry- and we follow him, his family and friends from when he’s 10 until he’s a married man. We are treated to excerpts from a diary written by the main character.
The story flows well around the facts that give insight into the times and trials during the Civil War. There is not any in-depth descriptions of the individual violence or bloody struggles- just an overview. This is a book more about the people and daily lives instead of the major battles.

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. The character voices were excellent and the narration was well done so that the story came to life as I listened without it being obvious I was being read to.

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 05-04-18

The human side of a bloody conflict

The smallest tadpole offers a glimpse into the American civil war at ground level and tells a very engaging and heartfelt story of what life was like for people going through one of the biggest events in US history.

The story is delivered excellently by Jim Seybert. His Southern accent offers a level of authenticity to the tale and I felt like an old friend was telling me his life story which kept me enthralled throughout.

An excellent bite size piece of history.

I was given this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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