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A Peek at Susie's Bookshelf

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Susie's greatest hits:
  • Nowhere is a Place

    "A Mother and Daughter Tear. It. Up."

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    Bernice L. McFadden is a powerhouse of contemporary African American literature. She weaves together the personal and historical in a way that makes her stories matter deeply to the listener.

    McFadden writes confident, lyrical fiction exploring family dynamics, and the past. History and family history--one and the same; slavery, escape, Native Americans, Africans and European slave owners-- their fates bound and futures woven together by DNA.

    On a road trip from Las Vegas to Georgia, the tensions and skeletons in the closet of a mother and daughter bubble. Sherry presses her mother, Dumpling, for family stories. What unfolds is a family history rife with tragedy and courage. Sherry comes to understand the dynamics of her family, and finds the inspiration to reveal her own deep secrets.

    Robin Miles gives a stunning narration, bringing sympathy to both mother and daughter in.

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Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 06-18-12

Love books on tape! It's all about the narrators for me though. No matter how good the story, if the narrator doesn't cut it...

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  • "WONDERFUL - FABULOUS - OVER THE TOP"

    5 of 5 helpful votes

    I absolutely loved this story and the two divas pitting against each other. The ending was twistful and simply fun. Ten stars! And as usual, the narrator does a wonderful job. She's one of my favs. Would love to find more books with these same two characters. I didn't realize there was one prior to this but since I know the outcome from having listened to this one, I'm not sure I'll get it.

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    Sinners & Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Victoria Christopher Murray, ReShonda Tate Billingsley
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
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    (78)
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    Award-winning authors Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley are both beloved for their strong female leads and juicy plotting. In Sinners & Saints, Murray and Billingsley join forces to tell a tale packed with drama, scandal, and redemption. Jasmine Bush and Rachel Adams both want their husbands to be elected president of the National Baptist Association, and they’re willing to use plenty of low-down tricks to win. But when another woman joins the fray, she proves more devious than either of them could imagine.

    Amazon Customer says: "WONDERFUL - FABULOUS - OVER THE TOP"

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  • 4.8 (34 ratings)
    Neat  by Charlayne Woodard Narrated by Charlayne Woodard

    Neat

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Charlayne Woodard
    • Narrated By Charlayne Woodard
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    In Neat, writer/performer Charlayne Woodard shares her memories of growing up black in America in the '60s and '70s. The play focuses around the life of Woodard's Aunt Beneatha, Neat, who was mistakenly fed camphor oil as a baby, resulting in permanent brain damage. Stories of family and of time spent with Neat are weaved together with touching results.

    Mary Robins says: "A Must Read"
  • 4.4 (978 ratings)
    The Color Purple (






UNABRIDGED) by Alice Walker Narrated by Alice Walker

    The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
  • 4.3 (891 ratings)
    Their Eyes Were Watching God (






UNABRIDGED) by Zora Neale Hurston Narrated by Ruby Dee

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
  • 4.5 (362 ratings)
    Someone Knows My Name (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Hill Narrated by Adenrele Ojo

    Someone Knows My Name

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lawrence Hill
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
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    Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

    Ariela says: "Rich in history and moral messages"
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  • 4.4 (269 ratings)
    The Man in 3B (






UNABRIDGED) by Carl Weber Narrated by Mike Ray, Shay Moore, King Parker, A. Jai Simone, D. Michelle

    The Man in 3B

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Mike Ray, Shay Moore, King Parker, and others
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    Meet Darryl Graham, or as his new neighbors call him, The Man in 3B. Darryl's new to the Jamaica, Queens building, but from day one he's made quite an impression on his neighbors. He has made it very clear he greatly values his privacy, but he is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be, so inquiring minds want to know. Unfortunately, in Darryl's world, what you know can hurt you. And when he winds up dead, those inquiring minds become the prime suspects.

    Dream says: "Epilogue brings the story together"
  • 4.5 (260 ratings)
    Who Asked You? (






UNABRIDGED) by Terry McMillan Narrated by Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Boatman

    Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
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    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
  • 4.3 (234 ratings)
    Big Girls Do Cry (






UNABRIDGED) by Carl Weber Narrated by Teresa Floyd

    Big Girls Do Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Teresa Floyd
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    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    In this sequel to Something on the Side, two Rubenesque beauties kiss the Big Apple goodbye and launch a new chapter of the Big Girls Book Club in Richmond, Virginia. But this time, the size-14-and-over ladies’ club is welcoming a chunky (and very male) player into its ranks—and plus-size shenanigans are sure to follow.

    Dream says: "I love Carl Weber"
  • The Prada Plan 4: Love & War (






UNABRIDGED) by Ashley Antoinette Narrated by Cary Hite

    The Prada Plan 4: Love & War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ashley Antoinette
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    (11)

    The feud between YaYa and Leah has ruined the lives of everyone around them. In The Prada Plan 4, the animosity is alive, and the resentments run deeper than ever. Indie has watched YaYa's past destroy the woman he once knew, and his patience has run thin. After being left at the altar, he is heartbroken and confused. His quests to save YaYa from herself have failed, and he finally decides it's time to let the love of his life go. Her thirst for blood is unquenchable, and like a black hole she sucks the life out of everything around her.

    SHANEEQUA says: "This is definitely a MUST LISTEN LOVED IT!!!!"
  • The Color Purple (






UNABRIDGED) by Alice Walker Narrated by Alice Walker

    The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (584)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
  • Family of Lies (






UNABRIDGED) by Mary Monroe Narrated by Patricia R. Floyd

    Family of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Monroe
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
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    (22)
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    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the 16-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone....

    Nevada says: "She knocked it Out the Park"
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (






UNABRIDGED) by Zora Neale Hurston Narrated by Ruby Dee

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (447)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
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  • Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Naomi Chase Narrated by Diana Luke

    Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Naomi Chase
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (61)
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    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Since she was acquitted of murder, Tamia Luke has been on a mission to prove she's a changed woman - especially to the love of her life, Brandon Chambers. She thinks she's succeeded - until Brandon reveals that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and it's his duty to marry her. With time running out, Tamia is determined to have one last rendezvous to win him back. But she's stunned when the man who blackmailed and betrayed her suddenly reappears on the scene - with an offer she can't refuse, though she knows she may regret it.

    Rasheeda says: "Good Read"
  • Who Asked You? (






UNABRIDGED) by Terry McMillan Narrated by Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Boatman

    Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (239)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
  • Invisible Man: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Ralph Ellison Narrated by Joe Morton

    Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
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    Story
    (238)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
  • If You Don't Know Me (






UNABRIDGED) by Mary B. Morrison Narrated by Diana Luke, Ezra Knight, Karen Pittman, Alan Ryder

    If You Don't Know Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mary B. Morrison
    • Narrated By Diana Luke, Ezra Knight, Karen Pittman, and others
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    I'm the woman Madison's husband truly loves. And I'll match her game for game to make him mine. Sindy Singleton isn't about to lose Chicago DuBois to Madison again. But getting him to open his heart once more won't be enough to satisfy her. Enlisting the help of Chicago's worst enemy is the fastest way she knows to expose Madison's most brazen deception yet. But Madison has more than one devastating card to play…

    Martha says: "Another Great Read from Ms. Morrison"
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  • The Prodigal Son: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Kimberla Lawson Roby Narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez

    The Prodigal Son: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
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    The Reverend Curtis Black hasn't spoken to his son, Matthew, in over a year-not since Matthew dropped out of Harvard to marry his girlfriend, Racquel, and be a full-time father to their infant son. Curtis knows that it was he and his wife, Charlotte, who drove Matthew away, but he prays that one day his son will forgive them and come home.

    Rachel says: "Great Read!"
  • The Prada Plan: The Prada Plan, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Ashley Antoinette Narrated by Honey Jones

    The Prada Plan: The Prada Plan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ashley Antoinette
    • Narrated By Honey Jones
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    Story
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    Disaya Morgan, a character first introduced in Girls from Da Hood 4, returns in this gritty tale of a money-hungry woman who finds her life spinning out of control. When Disaya meets Indie and falls hopelessly in love, she is determined to keep her lifestyle a secret - but everything done in the dark eventually comes to light. When she loses control of her own hustle, things go horribly wrong, and she learns the hard way that, in the game she’s playing, there are no winners.

    Dream says: "You got my attention Mz Ashley!"
  • Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Mosley Narrated by Bahni Turpin

    Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
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    In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore". But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

    LaRena says: "Worth reading at least once"
  • Flippin' The Hustle: Wahida Clark Presents) (






UNABRIDGED) by Trae Macklin Narrated by Mark A. Neely

    Flippin' The Hustle: Wahida Clark Presents)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Trae Macklin
    • Narrated By Mark A. Neely
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    Born and raised in the projects of Richmond, VA, Derick Richards life was changed and his destiny to become a federal agent was forged at an early age when he witnessed the untimely death of his older brother and father figure Carlo at the hands of a up and coming drug dealer.

    Christine says: "Exciting look into the world of a DEA agent"
  • Forty Acres (






UNABRIDGED) by Dwayne Alexander Smith Narrated by Andre Blake

    Forty Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dwayne Alexander Smith
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
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    Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

    Jen says: "Exciting Social Conscience Twister"
  • The Prada Plan 4: Love & War (






UNABRIDGED) by Ashley Antoinette Narrated by Cary Hite

    The Prada Plan 4: Love & War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ashley Antoinette
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    Story
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    The feud between YaYa and Leah has ruined the lives of everyone around them. In The Prada Plan 4, the animosity is alive, and the resentments run deeper than ever. Indie has watched YaYa's past destroy the woman he once knew, and his patience has run thin. After being left at the altar, he is heartbroken and confused. His quests to save YaYa from herself have failed, and he finally decides it's time to let the love of his life go. Her thirst for blood is unquenchable, and like a black hole she sucks the life out of everything around her.

    SHANEEQUA says: "This is definitely a MUST LISTEN LOVED IT!!!!"
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    Secrets Never Die

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    • By Eyone Williams
    • Narrated By LaShone Garth
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    Some things that happen in the dark should stay in the dark, but that never seems to be the case. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Niya Brown learns this the hard way. The code of the streets is passed down to her from her mother, and to Niya, the code of the streets is law. Life deals Niya a bad hand that forces her to fend for herself at an early age when her mother and sister are taken away from her in a twist of fate. You will never believe what happens next. Truth and falsehood collide in a way that brings Niya face to face with a secret that will change her life forever.

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    By 22, Kareem Bezel has made it to the top rung of the New York fashion scene, and he has done everything, including fraud, theft, receiving stolen property, theft by deception, identity theft, and embezzlement, to get there. His crafty spree of thievery propped his older brother, Andre Bezel's illicit drug business right into the cross hairs of corrupt DEA Agent Lucas McKenzey.

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    Born and raised in the projects of Richmond, VA, Derick Richards life was changed and his destiny to become a federal agent was forged at an early age when he witnessed the untimely death of his older brother and father figure Carlo at the hands of a up and coming drug dealer.

    Christine says: "Exciting look into the world of a DEA agent"
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    When we last left the girls, they’d all made changes for the better. Precious, no longer a struggling writer, is an editor at Shades magazine. She’d left her no-good, cheating ex Darius again after finding out that he’d been cheating on her the entire two years they’d been together. Editor in Chief of Shades, Hope, newly engaged to Derrick, is rethinking their engagement after a night of passion with Max, rival magazine editor Honey Lamont’s ex.

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    • By Mary Monroe
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    Growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the 16-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone....

    Nevada says: "She knocked it Out the Park"