Black Cloud

  • by Eliot Kleinberg
  • Narrated by Lee Ann Howlett
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press.

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A tragedy that needed to be told

What made the experience of listening to Black Cloud the most enjoyable?

Learning facets of the hurricane and it's timeless impact and what we can attribute today when connecting the facts.


Have you listened to any of Lee Ann Howlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Strong, narration for the seriousness of the subject at hand.


Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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- Daman "A good listen makes for an amazing day!"

Black Cloud

This is the story of the Hurricane that went through Florida in 1928 leaving destruction on a massive scale.Told ,matter of factly, by Lee Ann Howlett it is a must read.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.
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- Deedra "I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Eliot Kleinberg