Extended Audio Sample

Download When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders Audiobook, by J. Patrick Lewis Click for printable size audiobook cover
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Patrick Lewis Narrator: T. Ryder Smith, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Jennifer Ikeda, Corey Allen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781470367015
Regular Price: $12.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $11.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In moving verse, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice to seventeen heroes of civil rights. This commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small. Featuring civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mamie Carthan Till, Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RECO_006944

Quotes & Awards

  • “Lewis’ surprising and welcome integration of lesser-known individuals provides a holistic and enlightening look at an always pertinent topic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Pulsing verse and vibrant imagery. Lewis gives voice to a variety of fighters…illuminating each with poetic form, style, rhythm, and tone as individual as the subjects themselves…While the individual portraits are impressive on their own, their juxtapositions express unmistakable equality, offering readers a profound understanding of both what it takes to stand up and what happens when we stand together.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lewis once again stretches his own poetic boundaries with this moving and informative collection of poems that introduce seventeen courageous leaders of civil rights causes in America, Bangladesh, Burma, India, and South Africa…This thoughtfully written, carefully and cleverly worded collection demonstrates Lewis’ poetic versatility and his ability to capture the essence of each subject and situation.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The Children’s Poet Laureate salutes [seventeen] men and women, including one child, who spoke out and acted for equality and liberty, several at the cost of their lives…From political activists to an astronaut and from baseball legends to a typist in a World War II internment camp, they raised their voices and sometimes their fists. Somber and inspirational.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

J. Patrick Lewis is the Poetry Foundation’s 2011–2013 Children’s Poet Laureate. He is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for young people and lives in Westerville, Ohio.

About the Narrators

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.

Myra Lucretia Taylor has appeared on Broadway in Nine (for which she won a Tony Award), Macbeth, Electra, Mule Bone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Her film and television credits include Law & Order, OZ, Changing Lanes, Unfaithful, and Everyone Says I Love You. She is the recipient of six Earphones Awards and is also a Fox Fellow.

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Corey Allen has been labeled by artistic collaborators as a “journeyman” and “chameleon-like” actor, relentless in his pursuit of truth and transformation in his work. As a voiceover artist, his talents have been heard in sound plays, commercial copy, industrial and documentary films, and more than two dozen audiobooks. Allen is based in New York City and is a founding member of Coyote REP. He holds a BA from the University of California–Irvine, and an MFA from the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign.