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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslea Newman Narrator: Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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Audie Award Nominee, Multi-voiced Performance, 2013

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay 21-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming's Gay Awareness Week. October Mourning is Lesléa Newman's deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermath. This work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself.

This stunning cycle of 68 poems serves as an illumination for listeners too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard's life and legacy.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/20/2014

    " Don't care much for poetry, nor do I typically care to subject myself to such torment, but...sometimes the soul just needs to know -- it is, after all, the least we can do. And, while this one's bound to leave you convulsing with chills, it's an eye opening experiencing -- not to mention a reminder that we ought to teach far more than 'tolerance' in schools. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MrsB | 2/15/2014

    " I remember Matthew Shepard's death, but I never read anything about it at the time. This book is very powerful in the simplicity of its poems. I found this very moving and would highly recommend others read it. You can read the entire thing in under an hour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 2/11/2014

    " Very powerful novel-in-verse about Matthew Shepard's murder in 1998. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Bernhard | 2/10/2014

    " So incredibly sad.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy E. | 1/29/2014

    " AMAZING. Read it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 1/27/2014

    " This collection of poems tells the heart-wrenching story of Matthew Shepard from many different perspectives. I am glad that Matthew is remembered and that this book will help others not experience hate and bigotry. Read with tissues nearby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adventure_chick | 1/15/2014

    " So touching! This book really gave a different look at what was a horrid tragedy. I was surprised by which poems hit me hardest. Great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/14/2014

    " Powerful and effective series of poems about a hate crime. Easy to read in one sitting but gut-wrenching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/30/2013

    " Well, that was very sad. This is a great collection for those too young to remember these events. The sparse style and ironic tone has lots of appeal. These poems are moving and accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna Goodall | 12/18/2013

    " Despite being slim and sparse, this book is not at all a light read. It is a book of poetry about Matthew Shepard, a gay young man who was brutally murdered. Beautifully written. Have your tissues ready. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnnieM | 12/8/2013

    " Only 112 pages long. Less than a couple of thousand words. Packed powerful punch and a horrific reminder at how cruel humans can be to one another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 12/8/2013

    " Tough book to read. How can any person have such hate in them, I will never know. Parents teach your children compassion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/6/2013

    " Amazingly beautiful. Well done Leslea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/1/2013

    " This is an exceptionally powerful book. I had to take breaks from it because the poems evoke such pain and emotion. The notes section and explanations of the poetic forms add a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 8/25/2013

    " I just finished reading this book, which tells the story of Matthew Shepard's murder in poetry - ranging from phantom and villanelles to found poems and haiku. It is stunning work. I am stunned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snow | 7/14/2013

    " There are some decent poems in here and I appreciate how Newman plays with form, but overall I wish she'd made this a more personal reflection. The final poem, "Pilgrimage," is very strong because it has that personal touch, sees things from her eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 12/7/2012

    " Beautiful. Abrasive. Thought-provoking. Truthful. I don't remember when this happened, but I will never forget it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayla | 12/2/2012

    " An incredibly sad story, and the free verse was really great. The world can be such a cruel place for these things to still happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/18/2012

    " Haunting and heartbreaking. This masterful telling of the Matthew Shepard story is told in verse from multiple points of view. It was the mother's poems that broke my heart. Thinking of Judy Shepard today and knowing that this loss must have been so terrible because of its senseless nature. "

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