• Five Smooth Stones

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Fairbairn
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Champlin is a Black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital White girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront. 

Likening the struggle of Black Americans to the "five smooth stones" the biblical David carried against Goliath in lieu of arms, this novel's range encompasses decades and continents - but that range is insignificant compared with the intimate picture of its hero's irresistible warmth and inner conflicts. First published in 1966, this epic has become one of the most loved American best sellers.

©1966 Ann Fairbain (P)2021 Tantor

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Had to reread this

I had read this book in college and it really moved me. Always wanted to read it again. This time I listened to the audio book and it was even better with the accents and dialects. I would recommend this book to everyone

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UNBELIEVABLE STORY

This was one of the best books I’ve ever had the privilege to “read”. It was so emotionally well written, so much so that I felt as though I was right there in the skin and minds of the characters. I’m just sorry it ended as it did.

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Best ever

I first read this book years ago. I found it in a used book store. It was in the original binding. I have read it three times. I was thrilled to find it on Audible.

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Read this in my late teens

Now at 71 I know why it stayed with me.,it touched my inner soul.

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Outstanding performance

One of the best audio performances I’ve ever heard. A complicated true to life narrative, clearly pulled from the author’s own lived experience, beautifully written, poignantly played out. The narrator was exceptional at playing dozens of voices,emotions and events. well done and well worth the time. Thank you very much.

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