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A runaway best seller, Michener's Centennial was written as a tribute to America's bicentennial celebration. The book's 900 pages cover 136 million years. Centennial is an epic novel of the history, land, and people of Colorado. Centered around the fictional town of Centennial, the story contains an extensive cast of characters including Native Americans, French fur trappers, English noblemen, and American cowboys. Providing lively narrative against Michener's skillfully researched canvas are people like Levi and Ellie Zendt, who left the confining life of the Pennsylvania Dutch only to find terror and uncertainty on the trip west, and the Garrett family, whose yearly struggle to farm the land was met time and again with defeat. However, much of Michener's remarkable accomplishment is lost in this abridgment. Although the listener gets the main thrust of the story line, the strength and beauty of the original are lost. David Dukes's plodding narration is equally dull. Most libraries should stick with the print version.
- Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
“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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
cancelled from kobo,added to amazon and transferred to kindle,works finePublished 11 months ago by colin e jacobsen
It's the images that remain - the migration of thousands of borderless birds decade after decade, regardless of the influx of waves of uniquely different settlers on land first... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
I enjoy Michener's offerings. This book makes for a good read,
I wish it was in DVD format. Thank you.
Of the seven James Michener long historical novels I've read so far, this is the best. The man is a genius writer, a great wordsmith, and superb story-teller. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daniel Kasowitz
Once again, James Michener has created a wonderful story about a place, Colorado this time. From the rock formation, to its inherent animals, and, afterwards, the people - indians,... Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by J R Zullo
I've had this book likely over seven years, and it has taken all of that to get through this: seven starts and stops, but at the end here the determination to see the read... Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by rodboomboom
I've been fortunate enough to read several of James A. Michener's works, and CENTENNIAL is by far my favorite from this gifted author. Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by D. Mikels
This was my first Michener...always wanted to read this one, but the size was intimidating. Finally got around giving it a shot!
Overall, I enjoyed the experience! Read more
Even though I am only 13 this is my second Michener and he lives up to the same quality as Hawaii. With a whole different setting this book is incredible. Read morePublished on June 20 2001 by Garrett M. Imeson