This second book in Wiles’s Sixties Trilogy focuses on the Freedom Summer of 1964. A documentary fiction format that tells the story of three young people of Mississippi is interspersed with sound clips and re-enactments of real events. The cast performs ably, and the story is compelling, but the audiobook struggles with its format. A sixteen-minute prologue (a sound montage that takes the listener back to the sixties) leads to the story of Gillette, Sunny, and Raymond (kids—two white and one black), which is interwoven with more extended historical interludes between chapters. With such a busy structure, the story fails to flow. This is a book that works better in print, a medium that allows the reader to both control the pace and examine the documents of the era while experiencing the story. N.E.M. 2015 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2014]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2014
CD ISBN 9780804168724 $50.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9780553395259 $25.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2014
DD ISBN 9780553395273 $75.00
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