The Leopard's Spots


Read by Michele Fry

(3.7 stars; 14 reviews)

The first in a trilogy of the Reconstruction era - The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), parts of this novel were incorporated in the 1915 silent movie classic, "The Birth Of A Nation". Set in North Carolina, the book explores the extreme social and racial tensions of the period as Confederates attempt to fight off "reconstructionist" policy, rebuild the war-torn South's economy, and grapple with the rampant "race question" of the day, whether the black and white races can ever live side by side as equals, i.e., whether a leopard can change its spots? Characters include the villainous Reconstruction leader, Simon Legree (the same vile slave holder from Harriett Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, only many years later); Charles Gaston, a young southern gentleman who dreams of true love and the governor's mansion; Sallie Worth, sweet obedient daughter of southern aristocracy. A colorful assortment of preachers, carpetbaggers, scallywags, farmers, Ku Klux Klan members, and newly emancipated negroes help round out the cast. (Summary by Michele T. Fry) (13 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Historical Note 1:39 Read by Michele Fry
1.1 - A Hero Returns 30:18 Read by Michele Fry
1.2 - A Light Shining In Darkness 19:46 Read by Michele Fry
1.3 - Deepening Shadows 6:54 Read by Michele Fry
1.4 - Mr. Lincoln's Dream 6:01 Read by Michele Fry
1.5 - The Old and the New Church 10:02 Read by Michele Fry
1.6 - The Preacher and the Woman of Boston 14:21 Read by Michele Fry
1.7 - The Heart of a Child 9:12 Read by Michele Fry
1.8 - An Experiment in Matrimony 8:11 Read by Michele Fry
1.9 - A Master of Men 15:21 Read by Michele Fry
1.10 - The Man or Brute in Embryo 18:48 Read by Michele Fry
1.11 - Simon Legree 17:55 Read by Michele Fry
1.12 - Red Snow Drops 9:22 Read by Michele Fry
1.13 - Dick 3:07 Read by Michele Fry
1.14 - The Negro Uprising 7:08 Read by Michele Fry
1.15 - The New Citizen King 8:18 Read by Michele Fry
1.16 - Legree Speaker of the House 15:38 Read by Michele Fry
1.17 - The Second Reign of Terror 20:36 Read by Michele Fry
1.18 - The Red Flag of the Auctioneer 23:01 Read by Michele Fry
1.19 - The Rally of the Clansmen 18:22 Read by Michele Fry
1.20 - How Civilization Was Saved 15:43 Read by Michele Fry
1.21 - The Old and the New Negro 2:25 Read by Michele Fry
1.22 - The Danger of Playing with Fire 10:25 Read by Michele Fry
1.23 - The Birth of a Scalawag 7:47 Read by Michele Fry
1.24 - A Modern Miracle 14:50 Read by Michele Fry
2.1 - Blue Eyes and Black Hair 10:11 Read by Michele Fry
2.2 - The Voice of the Tempter 12:21 Read by Michele Fry
2.3 - Flora 9:24 Read by Michele Fry
2.4 - The One Woman 12:29 Read by Michele Fry
2.5 - The Morning of Love 13:53 Read by Michele Fry
2.6 - Beside Beautiful Waters 20:23 Read by Michele Fry
2.7 - Dreams and Fears 9:53 Read by Michele Fry
2.8 - The Unsolved Riddle 7:02 Read by Michele Fry
2.9 - The Rhythm of the Dance 20:02 Read by Michele Fry
2.10 - The Heart of a Villain 16:05 Read by Michele Fry
2.11 - The Old, Old Story 20:48 Read by Michele Fry
2.12 - The Music of the Mills 8:30 Read by Michele Fry
2.13 - The First Kiss 5:54 Read by Michele Fry
2.14 - A Mysterious Letter 6:23 Read by Michele Fry
2.15 - A Blow in the Dark 17:44 Read by Michele Fry
2.16 - The Mystery of Pain 8:43 Read by Michele Fry
2.17 - Is God Omnipotent? 6:46 Read by Michele Fry
2.18 - The Ways of Boston 11:12 Read by Michele Fry
2.19 - The Shadow of a Doubt 5:32 Read by Michele Fry
2.20 - A New Lesson in Love 13:54 Read by Michele Fry
2.21 - Why the Preacher Threw His Life Away 16:01 Read by Michele Fry
2.22 - The Flesh and the Spirit 17:24 Read by Michele Fry
3.1 - A Growl Beneath the Earth 3:22 Read by Michele Fry
3.2 - Face to Face with Fate 17:11 Read by Michele Fry
3.3 - A White Lie 4:49 Read by Michele Fry
3.4 - The Unspoken Terror 13:06 Read by Michele Fry
3.5 - A Thousand-Legged Beast 16:34 Read by Michele Fry
3.6 - The Black Peril 5:54 Read by Michele Fry
3.7 - Equality With a Reservation 18:15 Read by Michele Fry
3.8 - The New Simon Legree 16:55 Read by Michele Fry
3.9 - The New America 7:51 Read by Michele Fry
3.10 - Another Declaration of Independence 13:15 Read by Michele Fry
3.11 - The Heart of a Woman 10:28 Read by Michele Fry
3.12 - The Splendour of Shameless Love 14:10 Read by Michele Fry
3.13 - A Speech That Made History 26:58 Read by Michele Fry
3.14 - The Red Shirts 3:21 Read by Michele Fry
3.15 - The Higher Law 15:26 Read by Michele Fry
3.16 - The End of a Modern Villain 2:21 Read by Michele Fry
3.17 - Wedding Bells in the Governor's Mansion 14:53 Read by Michele Fry

Reviews

History which should not be repeated


(2.5 stars)

This text disgusted me on so many levels, but I had to finish it once I started as I assumed (hoped?) there would be some sort of effective resolution, sense, a movement towards greater good...as in the characters would learn a valuable set of lessons and move towards a positive and progressive nation, in the end. I was wrong. This novel never ended with a discussion of "showing what we should not do, and how we can be mindful so we progress peacefully together" etc. as I had hoped. It is unashamedly apologetic and sympathizing (even more so the further it goes) full of trash sentiments, corruption of every avenue, and white supremacy. I do appreciate the reader as she did take the time to record this. For those who would never physically read something like this, a recorded version still serves as a lesson / reminder that many persons did feel this way. My comfort is that at least today the majority would be just as disgusted with this writing as I was. Keep fighting for progress.


(2 stars)

Easily as bad as it's emulator of about a hundred years later, Marching Through Culpeper by Virginia Beard Martin. Both were saccharine exercises in vacuity, both embarrassing apologia of homesickness for a slaveholding Dixie that is more the product of fevered brains than good fiction based upon historical reality. And this comes with a terrible narration too, as a bonus I guess.

First can be last


(2.5 stars)

Although listed as the first of a trilogy, it can be read last or not at all. It’s the weakest of the three volumes.