Big Wonderful Thing by Stephen Harrigan audiobook

Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas

By Stephen Harrigan
Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780292759510
28.91 Hours Unabridged
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The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. I couldnt believe Texas was real, the painter Georgia OKeeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are. Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texass evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artistsall of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes, it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. I couldnt believe Texas was real, the painter Georgia OKeeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are. Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texass evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artistsall of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes, it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Harrigan, essentially, is to Texas literature what Willie Nelson is to Texas music.” NPR
“Narrator George Guidall bestows his abundant gifts on this sprawling audiobook on the history of Texas. His melodious tone well serves the often outsized events and unusual folklore of The Lone Star State…Always an impeccable storyteller, Guidall artfully relates the dozens of profiles, yarns, and historical anecdotes that range from colonial times to the present with restraint, authority, and his characteristic measured style. This audiobook leaves the listener fully satisfied. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“An excellent perspective on [Texas’s] rich history with a wider, more diverse lens…Promises to educate—and entertain—many about the complexities of this rich and storied state.” Texas Highways
“He tells the stories of all the types of people who have lived in Texas, from its earliest days into modern times, with a sense that all of their lives mattered in fashioning the state’s identity.” New York Review of Books
“Remembering the forgotten as well as the famous, delivers an exhilarating blend of the base and the ignoble, a very human story indeed. As good a state history as has ever been written and a must-read for Texas aficionados.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Stephen Harrigan

Author Bio: Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan, a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and many other magazines, is the author of the novels Aransas and Jacob’s Well. His other books include Water and Light: A Diver’s Journey to a Coral Reef and the essay collections A Natural State and Comanche Midnight. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 28.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English