Big Wonderful Thing

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Product Number: Z15510
Released: Jan 14, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980039297
Narrator/s: George Guidall
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The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. “I couldn’t believe Texas was real,” the painter Georgia O’Keeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, “the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are.” Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texas’s evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artists—all of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes, it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas.


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Big Wonderful Thing
Product Number: BX00109645
Product Number:C05711
Product Number:Z15510

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Author(s): Stephen Harrigan
Narrator(s): George Guidall
Product Number C05711
Released: Nov 27, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980038788

Professional reviews

"Narrator George Guidall bestows his abundant gifts on this sprawling audiobook on the history of Texas. His melodious tone well serves the often outsized events and unusual folklore of The Lone Star State. Details include accounts of Sam Houston's wardrobe and the history of the horned toad. Always an impeccable storyteller, Guidall artfully relates the dozens of profiles, yarns, and historical anecdotes that range from colonial times to the present with restraint (Texas has had horrific lynchings), authority (the listener feels the wide expanses), and his characteristic measured style (whether he's recounting battles on the field or at the statehouse). Author Harrigan has written a monumental paean to his state. By turns travelogue, political treatise, and thoughtful guide to personalities, this audiobook leaves the listener fully satisfied. A.D.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"