• A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl

  • Pearl Spence Novels, Book 1
  • By: Susie Finkbeiner
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Where you come from isn't who you are.

Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff's family, they've got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They're who the town turns to when there's a crisis or a need - and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.

Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother's unshakable belief in a God, who Pearl just isn't sure she likes. Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous, and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he's really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won't be the only thing darkening Pearl's world.  

While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl's voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart. 

©2019 Susie Finkbeiner (P)2019 Oasis Audio

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Great book, lost of talented, writer and reader.

I enjoyed listening to this book. The lady reading it did a great job giving voice to the characters.

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  • 02-25-21

Well-written, Excellent performance

I would like to listen more books by this author after this first book. She captured the time period well. The performance was one of the best I have ever heard, and I have listened to many books on Audible and from the library. Both the author and the reader are gifted women.

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Intense

The performance was amazing! I have never listened to a narrator that good. This is the first time I have listened to this author. This is the story of very hard times. Be warned that it is tragic, parts are very violent and extremely sad . Would I listen to this again?
No, because it was very depressing, but the story was so intense I had to know what happened. This author was amazing and the characters that made up the Spence family were strong Christians and never lost their faith in God.

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bravo!!! 5 star

bravo. a moving full of facts and history story. Emotional and powerful. A great read.

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What a great book!

I loved the book and the narration! I didn't want it to end. It was a great mix of mystery, suspense and love!

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best narration so far!!

relatable story of pride, struggle and a sign of the times. what really matters to people

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A Cup Of Dust

I really enjoyed this series. Sorry to see it end. The progression of the story through three books and the development of the characters was beautifully constructed. Highly recommend.

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excellent narration

the story was very interesting and the narration had me riveted! I smiled, I chuckled, and I cried. very well done.

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narration is amazing

this is the best narration I've ever heard on an audiobook! I highly recommend this book

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Best Narrated Book EVER

I enjoyed this book but most likely was incredibly enhanced by the fantastic job Tavia Gilbert did of narrating the story! She was captivating causing the book to come alive!

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