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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: David Lansbur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is fall 1959. Homer “Sonny” Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are in their senior year at Big Creek High, and the town of Coalwood finds itself at a painful crossroads. 

The strains can be felt within the Hickam home, where Homer Sr. struggles to save the mine, and his wife, Elsie, is feeling increasingly isolated from both her family and the townspeople. Sonny, despite a blossoming relationship with a local girl, finds his own mood darkened by an unexplainable sadness. 

Then, with the holidays approaching, trouble at the mine and the arrival of a beautiful young outsider bring unexpected changes in both the Hickam family and the town of Coalwood ... as this luminous memoir moves toward its poignant conclusion.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/20/2014

    " At first I was worried that it would repeat a lot of the Rocket Boy's book, because it covers a lot of the same time frame. But, his focus is different and I really liked his writing style and felt like I sort of had a better idea what in the heck teenage boys have goin' on inside their heads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/17/2014

    " I thought this book was an excellent story of small town life in a West Virginia mining town during the 1950's. I grew up in a small town in Florida, yet could relate to Hickam's humor and description of Coalwood's activities. I liked reading a chapter/night and enjoyed the pace of the story and the memoir style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellis | 1/31/2014

    " I haven't read any of Homer Hickam's fiction books yet, but I've loved his memoirs. What a great storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen L. | 1/31/2014

    " If you liked the "Rocket Boys," you'll like this book. It tells the story of his boyhood town and it's people; their heartbreaks, sorrows and joys. Their lives are very interesting. "

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