Magnolia City

  • by Duncan W. Alderson
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Houston in the 1920s is a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus Allen, grandson of the Allen brothers who founded Houston as a real estate deal, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful, rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear of a wildcatter - an outsider named Garret MacBride.
Hetty is torn between Lamar's lavish courtship and her instinctive connection to Garret. As Lamar's wife, she would be guaranteed acceptance to the highest ranks of Houston society. Yet Garret, poor but powerfully ambitious, offers the adventure she craves, with rendezvous in illicit jazz clubs and reckless nights of passion. The men's intense rivalry extends to business, as rumors of a vast, untapped ocean of oil in East Texas spark a frenzy that can make fortunes - or shatter lives and dreams beyond repair.


What the Critics Say

"Alderson's debut novel plays like smooth jazz." (Harper's Bazaar)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I didn't want the book to end!

Would you consider the audio edition of Magnolia City to be better than the print version?

It is great to hear the voices.

Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

Heddy.....he did a great job managing the spanish, too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to savor it!

Any additional comments?

Great story. I am 7th generation Houstonian and the writer did a great job researching the story. Lovely and it captured the history and richness. Superb!

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- G. Isber "Sugar Isber"


It could have been a great historical fiction. The plot was captivating, but the graphic sex scenes detracted from the story.
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- Jefferson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio