Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
Wow, I've never encountered a story by Chester Himes before and it was fast paced. I love Samuel L Jackson as a narrator and actor; he kept up without a hitch and made it so fun. I just felt sorry for our main character, Jackson, as things just kept falling apart in a bad way. It seemed like the poor guy just couldn't catch a break; sure, he put himself in some bad situations, but dang if things just didn't go haywire and he'd get the short end. He was caught up with some really bad guys, that somehow his junkie-brother, "Sister Gabriel" managed to save Jackson from in spite of himself, until the brothers horrible end - that was some of the best dialogue/monologue!! I never really did figure out if Jacksons girl was a user or just clueless. You will have to be the judge of that. I think clueless, just like him to an extent, at least I like to think so.
There was a lot of meat in this story to cover in a short review, but I had some serious laugh out loud moments, but a lot of I wish I could kick that crooked cops a**. I'm sure some of the story was a little over the top, the humor part mostly, but not the crooked cop bit back in the 50's. I'm not sure what I expected from the story, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I'm into fast action crime novels, and this one never stood still. Another thing I liked was that the "good bad guys" didn't always come out ahead. I hate when that happens, but in a story I like that too because it catches me unaware. The author takes me where I don't expect to go. (contradiction that I like/hate/like that, but it makes for good story telling - which is the reason I read/listen in the first place! Confused yet?)
This definitely deserved A-list status! Mr Jackson has a super fan in me, because of his talent. I love him in the movies, and when I listen to "Go the F**k to sleep!" I laugh harder every time. His cadence and tone are perfect, which makes the words so familiar to my heart. (snicker) That perfect pitch and rhythm came through in this book with this story too. I hope he reads more. I'll just look for him as narrator and listen, no matter who the author is. He'll make a bad story good and a good story great!
One of the top
Engaging..kept you entertained
I made me laugh
Liked the story.samuel made me feel like I knew the characters.
I felt the narration of this book was way over the top and way too dramatic. It took away from the story. I almost stopped listiening to it because it was so grating and annoying.
I did perservere and the book was worth while but what I remember most is how annoying the narration was instead of how good the story was.
nothing best,least the language
THE WAY HE PORTRAYS BLACK PEOPLE. All of us don't live these lives or know of these people.
Mr. Jackson , I feel is very hard to believe .He reads just like he talks and that is not good. My first time listen to him and my last time.
I did not finish this book it was to differ cult to hear Mr. Jacksons style of reading.
I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!
Samuel Jackson did the best he could with this so so story. I really didn't like the story iat all. The main character was pitiful.
No, well maybe, but only with a warning. The story doesn't seem to end. It just stops.
Anne Perry's "Angels in the Mist"
Mr. Jackson has a wonderful voice. It's the only thing that kept me listening to the book. If I were reading it, I don't think I would have finished it.
No, I doubt it very much.
This book was a real disappointment for me. I love Samuel Jackson as an actor and he has a wonderful very expressive voice. I wish he had chosen a better venue.
No, the author is very creative and did a very good job is making the story come to life. Unfortunately the story in itself was not worth the time spent. I didn't find one character in this story that I could relate too or care what happen to them. I may give the series with Grave digger another shot as they were not main characters.
The story was just ok. I'm not sure about the factuality of the era or not but it was a hard life kind of story and not my normal read (listen). Other will most doubtfully enjoy it.
The story was not even interesting.
The narration was good.
I loved listening to Jackson at first but by the end of the book, Amabell's voice was on my last nerve.