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Centennial: A Novel

Written by:
James A. Michener
Narrated by:
Larry McKeever

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2015
50 hours 12 minutes

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.
Praise for Centennial
“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”—Los Angeles Times
“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”—The Plain Dealer
“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”—The Pittsburgh Press

“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”—BusinessWeek
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The book is okay. It took 12-13 hours of listening for me to get into the story. The long section on the geography was not interesting to me. The narrator is monotone the full novel. Making the audiobook less enjoyable.

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Jean Varner

I had read Centennial in the 70's and remembered liking it. It was a looooong book. I enjoyed reading/listening to it again while knitting, but got tired of listening and yearned for a change. In retrospect I would have been happier and wiser to break my listening with other shorter books and will do so with the next extra long book I "read". I could have easily done so at one of the "natural" break points as the story shifted from one time period to another. I enjoy history and historical fiction and feel the book gave a well researched glimpse of the issues and events that influenced the development of this area of our country. The characters, while bigger than life in some instances, were believable and likeable. It is worth listening to and I'm glad I did.

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