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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (748 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulette Jiles Narrator: Colleen Delany Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780061449970
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From Paulette Jiles comes a poignant and unforgettable story of hardship, sacrifice, and strength in a tragic time—and a desperate dream born of an undying faith in the arrival of a better day.

Oil is king of East Texas during the darkest years of the Great Depression. The Stoddard girls know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work on the pipelines and derricks. And in every small town, mother Elizabeth does her level best to make each sparse, temporary house they inhabit a home.

But the fall of 1937 ushers in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, and the family's fortunes sink further when a questionable "accident" leaves Elizabeth and her girls alone to confront the cruelest hardships of these hardest of times. With no choice left to them, they return to the abandoned family farm.

It is Jeanine Stoddard who devotes herself to rebuilding the farm and their lives. But hard work and good intentions won't make ends meet. In desperation, the Stoddard women place their last hopes for salvation in a wildcat oil well and on the back of late patriarch Jack's one true legacy, a dangerous racehorse named Smoky Joe. And Jeanine must decide if she will gamble it all . . . on love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For more than thirty years, [Jiles has] been a successful poet, and her descriptions here of oil drilling, horse racing, and terrifying dust storms crackle with excitement. She’s also a master at creating the most charming romance.”

    Washington Post

  • “Eloquent, engaging…Jiles winds this gritty saga up on the eve of World War II with a patchwork quilt’s worth of hope.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Like the oil desperately needed during the Great Depression, Stormy Weather is a slow gathering of hope underneath the surface…Well read by Colleen Delany, the novel straddles romance and history and is recommended for audiences who prefer those genres.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jiles conveys their sense of self and of home in language as spare and stark as the Texas landscape.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme VA | 2/19/2014

    " The writing style didn't bother me, but the lack of a story and main character did. I guess it was about Janine in the end, but I think she should have kept the focus on the family as a whole, instead of the lack of elaboration on Janine. The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking that it would have been a perfect novel to include different chapters from different people's perspective. I think that really would have helped, as the story was good, but... muddled I think is the word for this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis | 2/18/2014

    " More episodic and less involving than Giles's previous novel Enemy Women, Stormy Weather is still an interesting tale of a Dust Bowl family in Texas and their attempts to survive. All the elements to make this a gripping Depression drama seem to be there, yet the book never builds to its full potential. Still, it is an excellent summer read and a decent page-turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kokolani Missett | 2/17/2014

    " Just rose my "ick" factor! Didn't like the charaters for writing. Wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelie | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good historical fiction. Vivid imagery of the great depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/10/2014

    " Wonderful story with colorful writing and well-developed characters. A great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/1/2014

    " This book is during the depression and it amazed me how people would be so innovative in using up everything within reach. Nothing was wasted. I really enjoyed this book, she developes characters well and injects informative pieces of history at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/28/2014

    " It is like her other writing. The story is interesting, but told in a very ordianry manner, almost to the point of boring. I want to know what happens so I keep reading the book, but I fee fortunate that I do not have those peoples lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/27/2014

    " A book on hardship, love, family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calli | 1/16/2014

    " Tale of young girl growing into young woman during the depression. Her father and family wandered around Texas looking for work in oil fields. After father gone, family moves back to family farm. Interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " Really enjoyed the main character of the book. Found that period in American History very interesting. Especially from a "Texas" point of view. Book was a little slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting book about a family of women (the father is gone) during the Depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/7/2014

    " Such a good book. What a tough character Jeanine. It makes you gratful for what you have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 12/25/2013

    " Another strong female character from the author of Enemy Women. The setting is 1930's Texas, Dust Bowl/Depression era. Paulette Jiles is a horsewoman and her love of the animal comes through clearly in both books. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Jech | 12/12/2013

    " Very tough start, almost gave up, but about a third of the way in the author found her stride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dev | 9/6/2013

    " WOW! The words flow so beautifully that it makes this book an easy, yet eloquent, read. I loved, loved, loved this story! A wonderful story of perseverance during the dust storms and the great depression. Fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/29/2013

    " Couldn't finish this one because I just couldn't connect with some of the narrator-characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 10/21/2012

    " I liked this book, but I kept waiting for something...more to happen. The description of life in the TX oil fields and living during the Depression was excellent, but the characters stayed a bit distant. An enjoyable read, but not outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 8/31/2012

    " Texas, Depression, dust storms, drought, oil rigs, horses. Good story,struggle of four women to survive. Well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 7/29/2012

    " This book felt like it took forever to read...but it really was beautifully written. I loved the authors descriptions ...so lovely. This book didn't have a ton of action in it but was really just a story about life and the struggles (and beauty) that lie within it. Overall, I enjoyed this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/22/2012

    " This book takes place durring the depression and it's always interesting to read about this period in time. However, I had a really hard time with the writing style of this book. It was very choppy and unorganized. However, I did like the story and the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loni | 4/18/2012

    " sale at B&N. good book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C. Atteridge | 10/31/2011

    " hard times, dysfunctional families. other people write such better reviews but if i don't write something i will forget the book within days. oil riggin bootleg swillin hanky pank dad, serious dust bowl poverty and hard work, but love seeps into even the hardest lives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 6/7/2011

    " I read this book for my book club. No one in the club liked it. We thought it was a take off of "Grapes of Wrath" We thought the characters never developed. Very disappointing book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2011

    " Really enjoyed the main character of the book. Found that period in American History very interesting. Especially from a "Texas" point of view. Book was a little slow at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/9/2010

    " I feel like I should go brush the grit from my teeth after reading this dusty Texas tale. Good storyline. Would have enjoyed learning more about the supporting characters and I'd love to read aa sequel. I think there is a lot more story to tell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/2/2010

    " This was highly recommended by a friend but I just thought it was alright. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/27/2010

    " I loved this book. I didn't think it was going to be all that great, but by the end of it I really wanted to keep going in the lives of these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/22/2010

    " This was a great story that took place during the dust bowl period in the U.S. Although the story is pretty good, I was disappointed in the abruptness of the ending. I had expected a bit more out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 9/9/2010

    " I would give it 4 1/2. I liked it. It was like Grapes of Wrath only more contemporary and more from a woman's point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/19/2010

    " This book takes place durring the depression and it's always interesting to read about this period in time. However, I had a really hard time with the writing style of this book. It was very choppy and unorganized. However, I did like the story and the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/17/2010

    " Great read, has history of the Great Depression in the grimy, gritty oil fields of Texas, a story about women making it on their own during tough times. Great character development of the mother and sisters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi | 5/13/2010

    " this book is a must read for anyone who loves strong women, Texans, and history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 4/24/2010

    " Very slow to start, took almost half the book for the story to get going; all character development and story background/set-up. Once the paced picked up, I enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 4/18/2010

    " This book was very interesting... it took a little while for me to really get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. I loved Jiles style of writing and learning more about the Great Depression in the oil towns of Texas. Over all, a good book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dick | 4/15/2010

    " Slow, boring, bad…no reason for being a BN selection…depression dust storms "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/28/2010

    " Couldn't finish this one because I just couldn't connect with some of the narrator-characters. "

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