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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes Narrator: Cherise Boothe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1997 ISBN: 9781440761317
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Hailed as a Favorite Book by the Chicago Tribune and based on true events, Magic City wowed critics and audiences nationwide. In 1921 Tulsa, a white woman and a black man get on an elevator. The woman screams and suddenly the man is on the streets—barely ahead of a lynch mob gathering behind him. Accused of rape, aspiring magician Joe is on the run for a crime he didn’t commit—and the woman who’s scream implicated Joe must search for the courage to exonerate him. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mystical tale, full of spirits…Rhodes’ exciting and moving novel takes off at a vigorous, lively clip from the first page, plunging through complex ideas and relationships without neglecting any of them.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A compelling page-turner that will keep readers hoping against hope that everything will somehow, magically, turn out for the best.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Jewell Park Rhodes’ Magic City takes an ugly chapter of American history and turns it into a human tale of vulnerable people with imperfect motives and skewed vision, people who interact in dire ways with monumental consequences…I could not, would not put this book down, not even after its last searing sentence.”

    Julianne Malveaux, author of Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes

  • “We’ve seen Jewell Parker Rhodes use magic before to explore the meanings of, and urge drama from, history, and her approach here to the evocative and outrageous events of 1921 shows us that magic can cut two ways. Rhodes writes about our common human plight with a powerful dramatist’s voice; she has created with Magic City a clear open window on a rueful day.”

    Ron Carlson, author of Plan B for the Middle Class

  • Magic City is a victory against amnesia. One will remember Tulsa, 1921! This book captures the literary magic of a woman who is fast becoming a bright and shining star. Not even Houdini could create more wonder.”

    E. Ethelbert Miller, editor of In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2014

    " I would probably give this 3 !/2 stars that would probably have been 4 stars had I read it rather than listening (as much as I could) with the kids while I tried to get them to do their chores. The basic idea is that the toys and books are made into a little city and then the kids get pulled into the city and have a grand adventure...a fun story if you are looking for a book to recommend to children or to read aloud together! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindy | 2/15/2014

    " I love E. Nesbit. I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 1/17/2014

    " Very cute story with a lot of intriguing twists and turns. It's a bit dated in terms of language, but easy enough to figure out what they mean. I'm a bit disappointed that I never came across this in my childhood, I would have adored it then too! Great for all ages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zen Cho | 12/2/2013

    " Yay, Nesbit! Shouldn't think this'll become a favourite, but was delighted by Nesbit's sense of humour and imagination as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/25/2013

    " Nesbit is a master of crafting a world of magic and wonder. Definitely a great bedtime story for young school-aged kids, I think. Near the end, it sure could finish at many points, but instead goes on and on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/1/2013

    " OOOH!! I loved this book. It's good old-fashioned fantasy of the best kind. It's all about imagination with a little bit of the usual difficulties thrown in and, of course, a very happy ending. If you are a Nesbit fan and haven't read this yet, please do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alibrivoxfan | 10/24/2013

    " This was excellent. An enchanting story by an excellent reader. Ruth is one of Librivox's best - and its all available for free from archive dot com. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbin | 10/20/2013

    " A really fun children's book. Great to read since it's hard to find. There are some strange lines that appear out of place in the book, but for a free book it's worth a shot if you enjoy children's fantasy books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 10/1/2013

    " Published in 1910, it established many ideas taken up again by later fantasies, like Tom's Midnight Garden and Knight's Castle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 7/30/2013

    " Delightful! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Colker | 5/30/2013

    " I loved this book!!! I picked it up and almost didn't put it down until I went to bed but sadly I had to eat and do other things but I finished it in about 3 days!!!!Its a wonderful book I love it!!! ~ Hannah 2/10/12 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kagama-the Literaturevixen | 3/2/2013

    " Read this when I was younger. An ok read but I always found the main characters to be miniature adults..a little too wellbehaved.But I guess its something to do with the era wich it was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Rader | 12/25/2011

    " Another gem from one of our favorite authors. Full of adventure and fun images. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/26/2011

    " This was brilliantly written and the whole idea of making a toy city and having it turn to life is wonderful. One of her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 8/23/2011

    " Read with daughter, she couldn't get into it. Finished it on my own. Rereading it in less than seven months later on might raise the rating a bit :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AP | 7/29/2011

    " One of Nesbit's weaker novels. I consider the Railway Children to be her best written book, followed by the Treasure Seekers series (the Treasure Seekers, the Wouldbegoods, etc...), then the Psammead series (Five Children and It, the Phoenix and the Carpet, and the Amulet). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 4/20/2011

    " I'd never heard of this title until I came across it in a used book store. It's rather a clever fantasy, written with Nesbit's usual good humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* | 11/25/2010

    " I don't really remember what it was about, except for that I read it in, like, first grade and loved it. And I love E. Nesbit, so I'm sure it was amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorin Kleinman | 7/12/2010

    " This isn't Nesbit's greatest book, but it's still highly entertaining, and shows clearly the kind of debt that later children's authors owe her: Lemony Snicket especially resembles her style in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avalon | 4/3/2010

    " I loved how Philip entered a city of blocks, was assigned seven deeds, completed them, and saved a girl named Lucy. This book had a lot of adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 3/29/2010

    " This is really a great book. And the relationship between the boy and stepsister is fun to watch grow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JB Peterson | 11/10/2009

    " A charming adventure for children of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/29/2009

    " An enjoyable read for child and adult. A little dated in its language, but a good read none-the-less. The Kidz enjoyed it too. "

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