White journalist Tim Madigan's portrait of the decimation of Greenwood--a Black residential and business district in Tulsa, Oklahoma--in 1921 has been adapted skillfully for young people by award-winning Black author Hilary Beard. In addition to scaling the work so that it is accessible to middle graders and older youth, Beard's perspectives as a woman and as a Black person bring nuance to this history. However, narrator Bill Andrew Quinn, a professional Black voice, sounds ill-suited to this particular performance due to his deep pitch, especially when he delivers Beard's introduction, in which she identifies herself in the first person as a woman. The text as a whole is given a dry, workmanlike reading. The content of this work is welcome and the narration clear, but the overall experience may fail to engage the very listening audience the text itself can attract. F.M.R.G. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2021]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2021
DD ISBN 9781666118865 $24.99
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2021
DD ISBN 9781666118872 $49.95
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