I purchased this book because I planned on reading the entire series. The fact that Samuel L Jackson was narrating lead me to believe the book would just be hands-down amazing because of course I love all of his movies. Initially I was able to follow the events of the book but around an hour or so into it I started to get confused about who was speaking because there was an obvious lack of voice manipulation. Yes Samuel was able to have a few distinct characters such as Jackson and Goldie but honestly the only difference was that he slow down and slurred Goldie's speech pattern. By the final scene I was just really confused about what happened and was only putting together the pieces. I believe this novel was really grate for the time it was initially written. I may give the series another chance by listening to the actual series books as this was just the prequel. I purchased this audiobook as a replacement for another book that was skipping, towards the middle of this book it began to skip as well (very frustrating).Overall I slightly enjoyed the book but i'm also contemplating returning it for my credit.
It's not just that this book is well written – it is – but that it's also tremendously funny. Chester Himes has a knack for literary slapstick, and he put it to good use here. The brutal, bloody violence is offset with hilarity. Samuel L Jackson's reading only adds to the pleasure.
I enjoyed this story, different from the movie, but to some degree I wished the movie had employed more of the story arc for the movie; also good twist at the end. I recommend this audio to those who like this type of genre also if you're a Samuel Jackson....enjoy. 👍🏾
Absolutely! The story is complex enough to make you pay attention and light and entertaining enough to make you laugh now and then at the circumstances.
It is completely outside my comfort zone and outside the familiar arena of my existence and by the end I felt like I had known all the characters all my life.
Nobody, and I mean NO BODY, can shift gears as quickly as Samuel L. Jackson. From perfect standard English to dialect to drug addled, street smart, slurred speech, all three in the same paragraph! The man is riveting and entertaining. He is the voice of GOD one minute and the tiny voice of an old woman in the next. He is the voice of a hooker trying to get over followed by the righteous voice of an outraged god-fearing landlady. He puts EVERYTHING into his performance.
Laughter...out loud laughter at the circumstances that our "hero" finds himself in. It is a genuine hoot!
I downloaded this book expecting to enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's narration. He did not disappoint. The range of expressions and voices really gave life to the story.
Unfortunately, I found myself wishing the story would just end. That, to me, is the ultimate internal tell of whether or not a story is interesting. And this story was not. At least in my mind, the events folded just a bit too slowly, and the characters weren't that interesting.
My recommendation is to skip this one.
1950s Harlem wouldn't be every body's cup of tea. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. The characters are so well described and the story, although farfetched and somewhat farcical, kept my interest. But mostly, it's the characters that are so interesting. Although there are a lot of them, I didn't have any trouble keeping track of who was who. Fair amount of violence, but quick and not terribly graphic. And you can't beat Jackson's voice.
Jackson is excellent. One of the best narrators I've heard.
Overall, I'm looking for more -- by Himes or narrated by Jackson.
I don't know that this book ranks all that high on the list of audiobooks Ive listened to, but its a solid piece of work
My favorite character was Jackson's brother. He had the most depth and range.
"The Blow" right at the beginning
Everyone else seems to know not to trust a high yellow woman.
I got this book strictly because Samuel L Jackson was the narrator. Based on his performance, I would get any other book he narrated too.