Reviews for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
AudioFile Reviews 2002 February/March
Mildred Taylor's Newbery Award-winning book is the bittersweet and beautifully written story of the Logans, a poor black family struggling through poverty and racism in Depression-era Mississippi. Through the eyes of Cassie, the feisty only daughter, we come to admire the dignity, courage, and resourcefulness of this close-knit family. Lynne Thigpen is the ideal choice for this book. Having read the book and listened to the audio, I have to say I got the keenest pleasure from listening. Thigpen gives a keenly felt portrayal of each character, capturing the nuances and inflections in the voices of people driven nearly to despair, as well as tender moments of compassion between parent and child. There is an especially poignant moment when the children witness a near lynching that she handles with wonderful aplomb. Listening to her eloquent reading brings an already powerful story vividly to life in a performance you'll find hard to shut off and sorry to see end. D.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #5
No bells or whistles are required in a reading of Taylor's classic Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Logan family, proud African Americans struggling to hold onto their land and independence in Jim Crow 1930s Mississippi; and Thigpen (of Carmen Sandiego fame) wisely provides none. Her voice is modulated, and her interpretations of the characters are subtle and nontheatrical. Yes, patriarch David Logan's voice is deeper and richer, and more deliberative, than impulsive young narrator Cassie's, and Little Man's determination stands in sharp contrast to white neighbor Jeremy Sim's wistfulness, but in general Thigpen lets the strength of the story speak for itself. An appended author's note, read by Mildred Taylor, tells how her father's own experiences shaped this and subsequent Logan family novels. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.