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Listening for the Crack of Dawn Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Davis Narrator: Donald Davis Publisher: August House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Donald Davis was born into a southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. He grew up listening to his father and his Uncle Frank tell stories of their boyhood, all the while taking in the details of his own childhood experience.

These stories of growing up in Appalachia in the 1950s are funny and true, nostalgic and bittersweet. The characters are memorable: Miss Martha Anne Butler, the last surviving member of a failed Southern family, whose grocery deliveries always included two pints of gin; the Reverend N.N. Upchurch, old Preacher No-No, whose nickname pretty well summed up his opinion on most subjects; and Aunt Laura, who knew to listen for the crack of dawn.

Our narrator faces the trials of growing up with humor, hope, and (usually) good grace. He saves Blue Horse Notebook Paper coupons to buy the world's heaviest coaster bike, engages in games of Daring Miss Butler, taunts the shadowy Terrell Tubbs with his buddies, and uses the resources of his electronics class to invent a keyless ignition for Red McElroy's Ford pickup. The sweet and painful memories are all here, told in a storyteller's voice. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Yvonne Carter | 10/27/2013

    " Donald Davis is one of my favorite storytellers, always looking forward to his stories at storytelling festival. These stories are mostly about family members "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jeanne | 4/30/2013

    " Donald Davies shares tales from the Appalachian Mtn's where family history lived on thru the art of storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Ellen | 10/3/2012

    " One of my favorite people wrote this book. He is a storyteller from North Carolina. It's hard to read without imagining his accent along with it. Makes you feel like you are a part of his family. I also love all of his stories on CDs, they are great for the whole family to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Allegra | 3/18/2011

    " I herd this guy at the story telling festival in North San Juan that I went to years ago with Geba. It has never stopped cracking me up. Just read with a southern drawl. "

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