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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Karp Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ragtime Mysteries Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781455197064
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It’s 1951 in Sedalia, Missouri, and ragtime is making a comeback. When Brun Campbell, the old Ragtime Kid, learns of a journal kept by Scott Joplin, he hopes he can use it to convince Sedalia’s movers and shakers to set up a ragtime museum. But plenty of other people also want that journal, including a historian who wants to publish it, an old friend of Joplin’s who wants to suppress it, and two Klansmen who don’t care if they have to kill someone to get it. What’s one murder, compared to the Klansmen’s grand plan to blow up the high-school auditorium with its integrated audience during a ceremony honoring Joplin? In the middle of this imbroglio is Alan Chandler, a young pianist in love with ragtime. If Alan can stay alive, he may be able to prevent catastrophe and learn what it really means to be black in mid-twentieth-century America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “American obsessions with race and glory dominate Karp’s lively conclusion, set in 1951, to his Ragtime trilogy…Karp handles the intricate plot well, but the best part of the book is its picture of people torn between what they want to forget and what they need to remember.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Willis’ pacing is fluid, and his tone is intense when needed and comfortably relaxed elsewhere.”

    AudioFile

  • “As usual, Karp populates his book with nearly as many historical characters as fictional ones, many of whom will be familiar to readers who enjoyed the earlier books. Ragtime remains central to the series, both in terms of its ambience and its plots, making the trilogy a must recommendation to fans of jazz and American roots music.”

    Booklist

  • “Karp seamlessly weaves real people like Campbell into an interesting historical yarn with a whodunit kicker.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 10/15/2013

    " Final book in the trilogy. I enjoyed all three. Scott Joplin was a tragic figure, and the depiction of Irving Berlin was fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 5/27/2013

    " 2.5 Stars - An okay story, that seemed kind of disjointed at times. Not moved enough to want to read more of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 7/11/2010

    " Final book in the trilogy. I enjoyed all three. Scott Joplin was a tragic figure, and the depiction of Irving Berlin was fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 7/8/2010

    " 2.5 Stars - An okay story, that seemed kind of disjointed at times. Not moved enough to want to read more of the series. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Karp

Larry Karp has written fiction and nonfiction, practiced perinatal medicine, and restored and collected antique music boxes. He and his wife have lived in Seattle for more than thirty years. They have two grown children.

About the Narrator

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.