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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Written by: Mildred D. Taylor
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with an introduction written and read by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th anniversary!

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story - Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

©2001 Mildred D. Taylor (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Vivid - complex - powerful - convincing - The novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." ( Booklist)
"Recorded Books' commitment to producing outstanding classics for young people has never been more obvious than in this recording of one of the best books ever to win the Newbery Award.... Lynne Thigpen, one of the welcome new African-American narrators, is so convincing that it could be Cassie herself telling what happened." ( AudioFile)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-18

Amazing!!!

I’m in 6th grade and we’re reading this book now and people laugh at this book but I take it serious because it shows how people in the past suffered. The reason why people laugh at this is because it says “nigger” “nigga” and etc. but again I take it very serious so I don’t care what people think how it’s stupid this book is about history!

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  • Tami Fowler
  • 05-04-13

Chapter Breaks....Just thought I'd add these

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes

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Ch1) 00:27 Ch2) 47:16 Ch3) 1:02:22, Ch4) 1:44:12 Ch5) 2:37:34 Ch6) 2:59:39 Ch7) 3:38:12 Ch8) 4:29:05 Ch9) 5:06:07 Ch10) 5:40:51 Ch11) 6:17:30 Ch12) 6:41:24

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  • Shanda L.De Anda
  • 29-12-18

A story too valuable not too be told ...

My 11-year old son recommended I read this book, which he chose to read in a Battle of the Books competition in his middle school. We encourage his exploration through reading and the conversations that ensued from this were priceless as a family.

There is an absolute ugliness in racism, but when children learn about it in school it is an abstract idea, but a story like this one unravels the emotions, the human cost, and, perhaps most importantly, the sacrifices (big and small) that went into creating real change.

I recommend this book to families willing to talk about it afterward.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-18

Recapturing after 25 years

As a homeschool mom, this audio book has helped me to recapture the telling truth of Blacks in America before rereading, this time with my own child. The narrators spoke with proper emphasis and diction, taking nothing from Ms. Taylor's writing, making me crave more of the story. This has been a superb experience that I'm sad has ended.

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  • Cherie
  • 12-06-06

Good story

This is a great story about a black family's struggle in the 1930's in the Southern USA. I used the narrative (with the paperback books) in my middle school class (for 2 years now) and the students love it. Most of them have very limited knowledge of the Civil Rights struggle in America. We used the book along with speeches by JFK and ML King, Jr and segments of the Harriett Tubman story to survey slavery and civil rights in the United States. The narrarator does an excellent job telling this story. My students couldn't wait to get to the end, and then they wanted to read the next book in the Mildred Taylor collection!

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  • Shannon D Mathis
  • 04-12-18

Sad story

This story is a sad book that’s why I love the book and enjoyed it

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  • mia smith
  • 22-05-16

This book was great!

Lynne Thigpen does a great job narrating this book! I listen to this while im going to sleep all night the time! I would reccomend it to any and everyone even if your not really into historical fiction. I really like all the other books by Mildred D Taylor as well. Great book! 😀

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  • Argiro
  • 13-12-11

Wrong chapters

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The chapters are completely off with the book. I use the audiobook for my reading class, and while the audiobook says chapter one, we were at the end of chapter 2. NOT TEACHER-FRIENDLY!

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  • Georgia
  • 17-10-09

Beautiful!

The narrator is incredible, the story is beautiful and educational. A wonderful story which will lead to many enriching conversations about black history.

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  • will
  • 25-05-20

Powerful and everything I remembered

I read this book as a middle schooler in NYC and I remember how many emotions I felt. It was the best book I’d ever read. 25 years later I wanted to share it with my daughter. It was wonderful listening to this book with her, watching her responses, and educating her at the same time. We were also amazed to learn that in the very year I decided to share this book with her, The Logan series is coming to an end. We plan to complete the series. Thank Mildred D. Taylor, for your powerful contribution to literature. 🙌🏾

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  • Marion Francis
  • 09-11-17

I was disappointed the book ended.

Thank you
I read and enjoyed this book so much. I actually went back in time and. Felt every feeling and emotion. I also bought a version for my grand Son another way to teach our history’.

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  • George
  • 05-11-18

Intriguing

Started out a bit slow for me but soon became a hunger I could not control . Lovely story and the fact it’s based on real events makes me love it even more.

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  • Bookyworm
  • 29-07-17

AmaZing

I liked how the book is so descriptive and very realistic. Also the audiobook creates a great atmosphere and makes you more tense, happy, sad and scared of events in the book.
I would recommend this to 12 year old readers who are good at underetanding complex meanings and storylines.
I rated this 5 stars because there is ABSOLUTELY nothing bad about it. Even though the n word is used, kt has to be, because thats what people were called in those days

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-20

So good

So good. So intriguing. So interesting. I love the plot, the twists, and the sad bits too...,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-20

A thought provoking and moving children's book

This is the book that made me an Audible convert. I downloaded it to listen to for my degree module in children's literature. I'd skipped over it earlier in the module but decided to give it a go when writing my final essay and I am so glad I did. I 'read' it in three days.

It's beautifully read and the story is moving. the injustice that the main character is put through makes you want to shout at the audio speakers. It was the realisation of the ancient textbooks that really moved me to tears and got me really thinking to what life was like then.

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  • DAS
  • 24-10-19

So moving

prejudice, racism, segregation, slavery. What a moving book. Reminded me of what some would choose to forget

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  • Marvel
  • 07-10-18

Excellent and gripping from start to finish!

The story was brilliant and the narration helped the story along the journey. Would listen to it again!

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  • Mrs P J Taylor
  • 17-06-18

A beautiful story of injustice and family.

A wonderful story which was read brilliantly. I felt Luke I knew the characters and felt their pain.

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  • Annette Brazier
  • 26-04-16

This should be on everyone's book list.

A story full of everything. Seen through the eyes of a child. The best way to view such stories.

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  • Miss K E Joseph
  • 07-04-16

fabulous, sad when it finished, I wanted more

this is a brilliant story. will have you completely gripped. some bits so sad, some so tense and some will make you want to high five someone!