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Stirring, heroic, and wonderfully laced with the musical languages of the Bayou, Ernest J. Gaines - the foremost voice in contemporary African American literature - adds another breathtaking saga to his canon with A Gathering of Old Men.

When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly 20 elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man's brutish father pass judgment his way?

Building to a climax that is as stunning as it is inevitable, A Gathering of Old Men powerfully describes the racial tensions in 1970s Louisiana. Narrators Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods, Sally Darling, Graham Brown, Murphy Guyer, Tom Stechschulte, and Mark Hammer bring Gaines' masterful prose to vivid life.

©1992 Ernest J. Gaines (P)1996 Recorded Books

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Complex and engaging.

Ernest Gaines' true narrative tale is wonderfully engaging as told by any number of its cast of characters. As such, it lends itself perfectly to actual narration which is beautifully handled by the cast of narrators here! There is much to ponder and learn in this surprisingly complex mystery tale, so share this with an intelligent friend or two.

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Well done

Although I feel everyone should read and experience this book, I especially think black men should read this book. This touches on the experience of every black man on planet earth.

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One of My Favorites

I am listening this book that I read many years ago and it is on of my favorites. The Old Men reminded me of relatives and friends of my dear father and desire to do something meaningful in their lives was such a powerful illustration. The narrators were excellent and I found myself often laughing out! It is interesting that after all these years our country is still dealing with injustice and violence against BLACK MEN. Thank you Mr. Gaines for a classic and thank you Colin Kaepernick for bringing attention to reoccurring problem that we must deal with!!!!

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EXCELLENT!

Years ago, when I was in my 30's, my son and I watched the movie that stared Louis Gosset Jr. Now in my 60's, my husband and I listened to the audible which was great and couldn't resist watching the movie also. As an old man in his 70's, my husband was able to see and understand the honor and pride of these brave men who were tired and ready to make a stand. Even if it cost their lives. And let's not overlook the women who also took a stand. They may not have had shotguns, but their voices added to the strength of the gathering.

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what a gripping, profound story

I cried several times in this for pure joy, with deep sadness. Mathoo's relationship with Candy especially him taking her hand to help her "go home", and Charlie's becoming a man are such powerful scenes. What an author!!! The development of characters was phenomenal!!!

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Amazing book would recommend

This book was a great read about oppressed black people having enough of being pushed around and standing up for themselves. Of course another could argue differently but in my eyes this book is a great story of the oppressed standing up to the oppressors. I love it.

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Wonderful narration!

The different voices for each character really brought this poignant story into my heart. Very well done 👏🏻❤️

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A beautiful, neglected book

I read this book for my podcast, Close Reads, and started slowly. The multiple perspectives slowed my roll. But the book built momentum and ended with verve and poignancy. —The performances are superb!

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Excellent in every way

How I have never read this book before I don’t know, but I’m so glad I found it. It is one of the most true things I have ever read. It captures a time, a place, a story, a feeling, a lived experience a tells it expertly. Each narrator did an excellent job and it would be especially useful to someone unaccustomed to the pronunciation of Louisiana names, terms, etc. Mr. Gaines is An amazing author and I can’t wait to read his other books.

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Wonderful each time

loved it the first time and still enjoy it...plot, characters and voices are perfect