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Danee

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 7 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Heard It All Before

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michele Grant
    • Narrated By Simi Howe, Karen Pittman, Corey Allen, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Debut novelist Michele Grant pens a juicy tale in Heard It All Before. Best friends Jewellen and Renee think they know Dallas men like the backs of their hands. But that’s before Jewellen unexpectedly falls for a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, and Renee gets lured away from her own man by a hard-bodied hottie.

    Danee says: "Non-poetic urban storytelling"
    "Non-poetic urban storytelling"
    Overall

    Bought the book based on the ratings and description (a lesson!) and was sorely disappointed by the excessive descriptives (do I REALLY need to know the details of what you're wearing and thinking EVERYTIME!?!) and overused idiomatic language (to substantiate the "downness", I suppose) that seemed to be a cover for telling a good story. I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters because I didn't like them and couldn't fit them into any reality. An urban tale spun by the ever so good looking, great job, hood to riches, quick witted (not really), got-it-all-together characters left me wanting. There was absolutely NO depth or sincerity. I'd advise the author to look at the writings of Diane McKinney-Whetstone or JD Mason to see how soulful love stories are spun. Black love is a beautiful thing and deserves a good telling.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ernessa Carter
    • Narrated By Janina Edwards
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Four women. Two years.A friendship to last a lifetime.The only things that Sharita, Thursday, Risa, and Tammy have in common are their disastrous love lives. But the year three of them turn 30 will be different, they swear!Sharita, a plump and conservative accountant wants to make partner at her firm and find the man of her dreams. Thursday, the daughter of a formerly chart-topping political rapper, wants to stop being a serial one-month stander, and settle down into a stable life with a stable boyfriend.

    Danee says: "She did it again!"
    "She did it again!"
    Overall
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    Which character – as performed by Janina Edwards – was your favorite?

    Reisa


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Know thy self and know they relationships


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Ernessa Carter has spun what seemed to be a "how to get a man guide" to an insightful, bold tale of relationships: girlfriends, daddy/momma/daughter, men, self. At first listen, I was tempted to confuse this book with the shallow urban black literature (all Black lit ain't created equal)-young women struggling with careers while tryna' look good and bandage all the bad feelings with a man, any man, wondering why "a good black man is hard to find" ignoring the lowest common denominator (namely, she!), but I degress... This is NOT that story. Ernessa Carter digs into the complexities of relationship dynamics (across the board) in an honest and clever way leaving us once again with the awesome charge of being authentically and wonderfully ourselves. She invites us to risk, share, love and learn in our journey to become our better selves and along the way, there's a chuckle but mostly an "ahhh haa".

    Well done my dear sister, I look forward to more of your tales SOON!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing on the Edge of the Roof

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sheila Williams
    • Narrated By Lizan Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Acclaimed author Sheila Williams tells the compelling story of a middle-aged woman who is looking for excitement and takes a chance at starting over. The adventures Juanita encounters in her new town, Paper Moon, test her hope and courage and give her a sense of self-confidence that she never had before.

    Leslie says: "Romance for a Real Woman"
    "Easy listen"
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    What did you love best about Dancing on the Edge of the Roof?

    The simplicity of the story and characters. Good narration. The author gave enough but not too much. Story moved at a good pace.


    What other book might you compare Dancing on the Edge of the Roof to and why?

    None to compare to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end was my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "Must read! Entertaining and compelling!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat the most enjoyable?

    I cared about the characters. There were developed wonderfully such that as the story unfolded, so did the characters' individual tales. They made you laugh, smile and feel for them. I was compelled to keep listening because I wanted to know more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the unfolded and how we didn't get everything at once. The loved the friendship between the ladies and how it stood the test of time and trial. I love read (listening) about strong bonds between Black women. I also enjoy reading Black literature that is not based in superficial details (status symbols like descriptions of clothes, careers, shoes etc) and are timeless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (462)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "Felt each character!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the brief yet extensive visit with each character. Although set in a particular time period, the characterizations, situations, and reactions were timeless. I cared about each one of character because I understood them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that I had an opportunity to get to know Hattie and her husband first. Also the all the complexities of the "why's" that created the "who" that drove the "what" were not made evident all at once. I understood her and them little by little through relationship (which shape us all).


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

    Adenrele and Bahni are my favorites and this performance was stellar (as expected!)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen as I drive.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted the ending to wrap up differently although I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By J. D. Mason
    • Narrated By Nicole Small
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Desdimona Green has been the name on everyone’s lips in Blink, Texas. Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 18, she shot and killed one of Blink’s wealthiest men, a pillar of the community, oil baron Julian Gatewood. The Gatewood family was considered untouchable, so the whole state of Texas was rocked to its core over Julian’s murder. But people were even more shocked to discover that Desi was Julian’s daughter and that her mother had been his lover for years.

    Danee says: "Kept me intrigued but..."
    "Kept me intrigued but..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone who wants a pure "drama", non-sustantial read not to my die hard J.D. Mason fans who crave depth and a little something more.


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Mason’s story?

    The ending. Some things concluded rather obvious, other things were left to a weak conclusion.


    What three words best describe Nicole Small’s voice?

    Sultry. Articulate. Semi-fluctuating.


    Did Beautiful, Dirty, Rich inspire you to do anything?

    I was not inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    Up until this point, I have LOVED most everything J.D. Mason has done. I know that it's not easy starting with a different kind of story and characters. I am bored with details about how much money something costs, designer names and descriptions of status beyond what's necessary to develop character. I am more interested in who the person is and the truths that we all think/know but are not always amplified.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Home Road

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    When a 70-year-old woman finds a five-year-old girl abandoned on her doorstep, she is thrust into a sorrowful past that can only be conquered with the help of the girl who opened her memory - the very girl she is trying to save. This first novel, according to author Jacquelyn Mitchard, is one of "exquisite power, honesty, and conviction...quite nearly without flaws."

    S. Davis says: "Rush Home Road"
    "Wonderful story(telling)"
    Overall

    I, too, selected the book because Ruby Dee narrated it and was not disappointed. I didn't want to turn it off! The story was sweet, real, tragic and quite engaging. Characters had depth even if some were only introduced briefly. Timeless and compassionate story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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