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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doug Marlette Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781440742828
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Acclaimed North Carolina author Doug Marlette has won numerous prestigious awards-including the Pulitzer-for his cartoon work. Set during the Freedom Summer of 1964, his novel Magic Time “vividly capture[s] the spirit of history that animated those of us who were part of that extraordinary time,” says congressman John Lewis. New York City newspaper columnist Carter Ransom returns home to Mississippi to face his difficult past, his father’s unwavering disapproval, and new evidence in a 25-year-old bombing case.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 2/17/2014

    " Great follow-up read to the nonfiction book, Freedom Riders! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 2/12/2014

    " Loved Marlette's cartoons. This novel? Not so much. Seemed a little too sentimental in that Southern/baby boomer kind of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aksana | 2/4/2014

    " It was very heavy in violence, but I have learned a lot about American Civil Rights movement, being a naturalized American myself. It is pretty graphic, so, be ready if you decide to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Baker | 1/26/2014

    " I thought this book was very good and had a hard time putting it down--stayed up until early hours of the morning finishing it. The time shifts between a terrorist bombing in New York City back to a church burning in Troy, Mississippi in 1964. The plot centers around convicting an ex Ku Klux Klan grand master of ordering the church burning and the murders of four Civil Rights workers in that church at the time of the burning. Lots of buried secrets are dug up and exposed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/24/2014

    " This story takes place during the civil rights era. It educated me in more detail about some of the events that occurred during that period of time. It is very well written with believable characters and events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy O'connor | 1/15/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book, except for about 10 pages near the end, which were just too unbelievable and overly theatrical. If you can ignore them, I'd recommend this book. It's a shame this author died so young "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 1/3/2014

    " I read this book over a long period of time, but enjoyed the glimpse into the racial struggles in the south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 12/24/2013

    " Overall, I really like this book, although there were parts that did really drag on. Still, it was a good fictionalized account of Freedom Summer during the Civil Rights Era in the South. I may actually include this in my syllabus next time I teach social movements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cady | 11/28/2013

    " Doug Marlette was a very sweet and funny man. He came to my book club to answer our questions about his book and he was so thrilled to talk to people about it. He will be terribly missed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/27/2013

    " I read this for book club. Great novel; not one that I would have chosen to read, but I enjoyed it. A historical fiction set in the 1990's and 1960's South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/23/2013

    " Good if you are into 60s civil rights issues... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby Schonfeld | 10/30/2013

    " It is never a good sign when I have to repeatedly force myself to keep reading a book club book. Skip this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/25/2013

    " Another good one from Marlette. Set in the south during civil rights clashes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi P | 8/22/2013

    " It was okay good but everything wrapped up to neatly, too happily for such a tragic plotline. Where's the angst? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 6/13/2013

    " This story, about the civil rights era, and the pain wrought by the murder of a loved one (not to give anything away). Some of the story seemed a bit too easily tied together, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 5/17/2013

    " This was a gripping story and seamlessly blended past and present as the Carter had flashbacks to that summer in 1964. The characters were well-drawn and likeable, although since it is a southern novel, there is a large cast of characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cynthia | 5/15/2013

    " Engaging read about a very painful time in our recent history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/3/2013

    " enjoyed this one very much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/12/2012

    " Vivid depiction of the time, even if characters are somewhat stereotypic. Couldn't put it down. You read with interest as layer after layer peeled away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2012

    " I liked this work of historical fiction set in the Civil Rights movement in the South. Although sometimes I couldn't keep up with the names of some of the minor characters and their role in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/6/2012

    " Wow. This made me mad, sad, and happy throughout the book. It's definitely something I would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Verreault | 3/28/2012

    " Wonderful book if you like historical fiction about the south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/30/2012

    " A novel that incorporates the history of the Southern Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George Schlukbier | 12/13/2011

    " A novel about the Freedom Riders. I'm just a little tired of the born Southern journalist gone to New York and returning to the South cliche. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 5/21/2011

    " A novel about the Freedom Riders. I'm just a little tired of the born Southern journalist gone to New York and returning to the South cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/6/2010

    " Vivid depiction of the time, even if characters are somewhat stereotypic. Couldn't put it down. You read with interest as layer after layer peeled away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/29/2009

    " Wow. This made me mad, sad, and happy throughout the book. It's definitely something I would read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 5/22/2009

    " I read this book over a long period of time, but enjoyed the glimpse into the racial struggles in the south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/24/2009

    " Another good one from Marlette. Set in the south during civil rights clashes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 11/26/2008

    " This was a gripping story and seamlessly blended past and present as the Carter had flashbacks to that summer in 1964. The characters were well-drawn and likeable, although since it is a southern novel, there is a large cast of characters.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cynthia | 10/20/2008

    " Engaging read about a very painful time in our recent history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/13/2008

    " Wonderful book if you like historical fiction about the south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 7/22/2008

    " This story takes place during the civil rights era. It educated me in more detail about some of the events that occurred during that period of time. It is very well written with believable characters and events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/13/2008

    " A novel that incorporates the history of the Southern Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/4/2008

    " I read this for book club. Great novel; not one that I would have chosen to read, but I enjoyed it. A historical fiction set in the 1990's and 1960's South. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cady | 4/24/2008

    " Doug Marlette was a very sweet and funny man. He came to my book club to answer our questions about his book and he was so thrilled to talk to people about it. He will be terribly missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/13/2008

    " Good if you are into 60s civil rights issues... "

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About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship’s cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.