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Jennifer

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  • Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By K'wan
    • Narrated By Napiera Groves
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Taught by her drug-addict mother to get hers by any means necessary, Tionna's heart is cold, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers, her knight in shining armor. But with Dunham behind bars and everything she loves seized, she finds herself starting over in the same neighborhood that she swore she'd never return to.

    Jennifer says: "This book will have you checkin' for K'wan!"
    "This book will have you checkin' for K'wan!"
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    This book gets all credit for starting my love affair with Urban Fiction! Once I began listening, I was instantly intrigued. I had no idea there were books like this! I had fallen out of reading and had only truly gotten back into it due to the writer's strike on TV. One day I decided to take chance a story called Section 8 and was blown away! I love how each chapter tells its own story all the while leaving you with a tidbit of info to keep in mind as the plot thickens. This story seemed to just unexpectedly pull you in each characters own triumph and dilemma and make you want to know more about their story whether it be good or bad. My favorite character was Gucci just because she was so down to earth and loyal. The interaction between her and her girlfriends felt real because K'wan truly made them individuals, flaws and all. Oh and this character Animal was the epitome of what I want in a boyfriend in my head lol. This was a great read/listen and once I was done, I had Welfare Wifey's next on deck! This may be the first book offered by the very talented author on audible.com, but it is merely scratching the surface when it comes to K'wan's catalog. Ya'll need to see about that man!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gangsta

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By K'wan
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    For years Lou-Loc, an efficient assassin and OG of the Crip organization, did dirt. After dancing on the razor's edge, he has become weary of the street life that has consumed him during his service to his set and begins to wonder if there's a better way to make a living. Lou-Loc and his sociopath counterpart, Gutter, leave Los Angeles for the colorful streets of New York, where Lou-Loc has dreams of becoming a writer, Gutter a kingpin.

    LaRena says: "Story flowed nicely"
    "The title says it all...this book IS GANGSTA!!"
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    What did you love best about Gangsta?

    Lou Loc was my favorite character in this story. He's a stand up guy, a loyal friend as well as a devoted boyfriend/fiancee' once he's given his heart.


    What other book might you compare Gangsta to and why?

    I guess I would compare this story to Animal, another great story by K'wan. In both stories, the central characters are driven by their loyalty to those they love, a very commendable and sexy quality. *winks*


    Have you listened to any of Cary Hite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed listening to yet another story narrated by Cary Hite. I am familiar with his voice and he always does a good job. My only complaint would be how he pronounced "Loc" sometimes as "lock". It didn't ruin the story for me though so no harm no foul.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was really affected by a major death. This person had come so far to have their life snatched away because of a jealous, power hungry joke and a triflin' trick. I'm still mad about it!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I still loved this story. Even though I listened to it as if the ending would change since I'd read the book before, I still enjoyed it. Certain parts of the book seemed like foreshadowing on what was to come and made the listen even more intriguing. Loved it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Lines II: Sunny

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    On the surface, it appears that Sunny has got it all: looks, money, a beautiful home, a healthy daughter, and friends who love her. But Sunny has a secret—something she hasn’t even told her best friend. The truth is Sunny is unhappy. She still misses her beloved Dorian and worries that no other man will ever captivate her the way he did. She’s dated some very powerful and successful men since Dorian’s death, but will she ever find love again?

    Dream says: "Not as good as part 1"
    "Had some good moments, but could have been better"
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    I was definitely one of those people that was enchanted by Jada and Born's story and the love they share in White Lines. Although it is a great story by itself, I was truly excited when I found out there would be a sequel. When I finally listened to White Lines II, however, I was a little disappointed in what this great story has turned into. I felt like a lot of detail went into situations that ultimately proved to be meaningless dialog. Also for some reason Mindy Milford was mentioned a few times too many. I almost thought she was going to be a break through character! I just hated how short this book was and wish time wasted in some places was better spent addressing other issues.
    This book, in a way, read like it was written by someone else. It's like the characters completely changed identities in just a few years. Born was made to seem a bit too eager to want to stray from/ doubt Jada. Sunny and Jada once were consistencies in each other's lives and in this book not so much. I was thrown off by the fact that there were several things left unaddressed as opposed to this book's prequel, White Lines I, in which left no stone unturned as far as detail. I still wonder why Zion never followed up with what Gillian called and told him? Why wasn't the issue pressed as Sunny continued to cop from Gillian? Why does Jamari have the power to still haunt Jada from beyond the grave? How was Sunny in a relationship for a year with someone she didn't know had a habit? And Sheldon...wth?!
    Sunny's whole story was upsetting to say the least. Ten years later Sunny still cannot deal with the death of Dorian to the point that she has to take percocet everyday? Then she gets the genius idea to pick up her old habit of cocaine she thinks she can handle it? I don't like what the author did to Dorian's memory either. He was great guy who did have his faults in WLI, but in this book he was made out to be a predator or something. The ending definitely felt rushed and I wish the book didn't have the "there will be a sequel" cliche cliffhanger ending on top of it. Overall the book was okay. I appreciated that it was yet another story about characters that I'd fallen in love with, but I honestly think it could have been better. Nonetheless, I remain a Tracy Brown fan and look forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (353)

    Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

    Dornetta says: "A very compelling story"
    "Amazing story!!!..."could be better" audio"
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    I truly loved this book! It is an amazing story of two people who eventually find each other and change each other's life forever. Both Born and Jada didn't have the easiest upbringing and in a lot of ways they grew up way too fast. But after listening to the story so many times I noticed that Jada had a disadvantage throughout her young adult life that Born didn't EVER have to encounter which was the lack of at least one parent that gave a damn! I think a lot of what happened to Jada could have been avoided if her mother actively cared about the well being of her children while they were still developing into the people they would ultimately become.
    Later in the book after Sunny and Jada have become closer and Sunny's habit is confronted by Dorian, my feelings for Sunny changed a bit. I realized that Sunny truly didn't have Jada's back when it came to the drugs because she didn't reach out to her friend about getting any help with the problem the two friend's had together. We'll never know if Jada ever told Sunny about her past. Ultimately Jada was responsible for her actions and sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom for the lesson to be learned.
    I didn't like how the audio seemed to overlap itself throughout book. If I recall correctly it did it like two or three times and when the audio would overlap it was hard to make out what was being said exactly at those points in the book. It didn't ruin the story for me but I definitely would have enjoyed it even more had they not happened.
    Overall the story was still great. I love the detail involved in both Born's and Jada's life's story. I laughed, cried, grew angry, as well as anxious while listening to this story. This story is definitely full of emotion. Looking forward to continuing this story!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By K’wan
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    Three years after narrowly escaping a one way trip to the gas chamber, the fugitive known only as Animal finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime: Harlem. Throughout his entire time in exile, the only thing that kept Animal going was the thought that he would one day be reunited with his soul mate, Gucci - but one bullet changed everything. When his enemies tried to murder Gucci, they crossed the line, so he vowed to cross them all.

    Tony says: "ABSOLUTELY AWESOME"
    "5 stars, 2 thumbs up, 4 out of 5 dentist recommend"
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    Would you listen to Animal again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Animal again. The story is action packed and drama filled I simply couldn't get enough!! This is easily my favorite book written by K'wan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the whole story from beginning to end. I was already invested in the characters from the previous books so the anticipation was already there. I liked that it kept me on my toes. Anyone in this story could have been a victim of circumstance and you will end up surprised who makes it and who doesn't.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    I think Cary Hite did an excellent job narrating this story. I'm already familiar with his voice from the stories prior but this one in particular I feel as though he put real emotion into what he was reading. Kudos!


    If you could rename Animal, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change a single thing!!


    Any additional comments?

    K'wan is most definitely a talented author and all his work should be made available on audio.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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