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Kelly

Indianapolis, IN, USA | Member Since 2001

ratings
25
REVIEWS
8
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
28

  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Let's Cast This Movie!"
    Overall

    Ok, OK, we all know this book reads like a classic movie. Let's cast this movie!

    Abileen - Alfre Woodard, Whoopi

    Minny - Octavia Spencer (the narrator for Minny in the book), Oprah, Jennifer Hudson, Monique, Latifah

    Skeeter - Jennifer Garner

    Hillie - Ashley Judd like (I know Ashley's too old for this role, but someone with her "fire" could do this!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2155)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (897)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "A Historical Journey"
    Overall

    If you digg stories about the journeys of family's history and how their lives affect their descendents, this is the book! It reminds me of the story by Bernice McFadden entitled "NOWHERE IS A PLACE" how it seamlessly weaves the present with the past.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this historical journey of this Dominican Republican family. I genuinely felt the triumphs, the tragedies, the pain, I even smelled the food and saw the land as I opened my mind and allowed this detailed story take me away.

    --B4

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • So You Call Yourself a Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Three best friends who've grown up together encounter some of the real tests of manhood. All's good for James and Cathy until a woman shows up with James' love child. Suave Brent thinks he's found happiness with a born-again churchgoer - until another leads him into temptation. And longtime friend Sonny is going to need help from James and Brent if he's to have any hope of salvaging his marriage.

    Kelly says: "Skeletons In Your Closet!!"
    "Skeletons In Your Closet!!"
    Overall

    Hey, and you think women have skeletons in their closets. Men are just as tainted. I enjoyed this book because it revealed "alot".....well, "too much" about some of men's secrets, tendencies, and weaknesses. The storyline was going on and secrets were EVENTUALLY revealed and then BAM!!-- suspenseful twists and turns that turned this chick-book into a MANLY read. Read this book!!

    --B4

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Black Girl Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Keith Lee Johnson
    • Narrated By Beresford Bennett
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Set in 1950s New Orleans, Little Black Girl Lost is a powerful tale filled with sex, greed, and the explosive political and social climates of an America long gone. Fifteen-year-old beauty Johnnie Wise lives her life devoted to God. But her innocence is shattered when her mother, who has been a prostitute for years, sells Johnnie's body to lecherous insurance man Earl Shamus.

    Kelly says: "The Power of the P!"
    "The Power of the P!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story because it outlines the journey of a young lady who recognizes her situation and transforms her trauma into a profitable venture for herself. *Haters won't understand.* (If you got it, make it work for you) At some point in the story it became a bit implausable that this is the mind of a 16-year-old making these crafty decisions though.

    I have great empathy for the plight of the black woman. They can become the most resourceful and resilient people on the planet. Think about it:In the slavery days a black woman *had* to make love to the "Massah", raise the "Massah's son and give herself to him if he desired her, go back to the "quarters" and make love to her very bitter "beau" -AND on top of that- keep her sanity while raising the children and keeping the house. Admit it! Black women are amazing! Once they recognize their situation and they learn how to turn their curses into triumph.

    However, the conclusion could have been better for me in my opinion. I wanted Johnnie to make an explosive exit at the end. Not a quiet dribble.

    --B4

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Brandon Massey
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    With heart-stopping stories by Zane, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, Joy M. Copeland, Robert Fleming, Terence Taylor, Francine Lewis, Brandon Massey, and 12 other established or up-and-coming writers, Dark Dreams is a must-have contemporary anthology for fans of the supernatural.

    Kelly says: "OUTSTANDING COLLECTION!!"
    "OUTSTANDING COLLECTION!!"
    Overall

    Listen carefully to the editor's introduction and you'll agree that black writers have so much more to offer than those situational, dramatic, relationship-type novels. Now, I do *luvs* my "black soap opera" novels from time to time, but as the colors of the rainbow, I have an ecclectic appetite for literature and it is TRULY refreshing to own a collection like this offered in Dark Dreams.

    I was not surprised at the profound, suspenseful, intriguing, and supernatural short stories in this collection of black writers because I'm a serious fan of Gary Hardwicke, Gar Anthony Haywood, Zane, Stephen Carter, and Tina McElroy Ansa. All of these writers can stand toe-to-toe (or shall I say, noun-to-noun) with those so called "New York Times Best Sellers" lists of authors any day!

    I strongly advise those who tend to have an affinity to those "too much black drama for your mama" novels to expand your horizons a bit. Check out this collection of well written, intriguing short stories and I guarantee you will be truly pleased as I am!

    --B4

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Upstate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kalisha Buckhanon
    • Narrated By Chadwick Boseman, Heather Simms
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Set in New York in the '80s and '90s, Upstate tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book. Different Delivery, and Enjoyable"
    "growth and transformation"
    Overall

    Loved the "pen pal" style of writing! You'll enjoy this story if U like to feel the sense of progress, maturity, and mental and cerebral growth. The narrators were the BEST. It was like finding a chess full of letters, and while reading them, you're transformed into these characters lives. U feel their love, their hardships, the pain, and their triumphs! These are truly people U and I grew up with and we know them very, very well

    Highly recommend this journey!!

    --B4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Night that Covers Me

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Pat Cunningham Devoto
    • Narrated By Pat Cunningham Devoto
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    A powerful drama of prejudice and lost innocence, indomitable courage, and the secret corners of a child's heart, Out of the Night that Covers Me is a testament to Pat Cunningham Devoto's extraordinary talent.

    Kelly says: "Enjoyed the Experience"
    "Enjoyed the Experience"
    Overall

    I loved experiencing this story. It had perserverence, strength of character, unconditional friendship, profound love, suspense, and most of all, triumph!

    Allow Devoto to take you on a journey. You'll put this one up as one of your favorites just like I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (209)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "...To Be Continued!!!"
    Overall

    I love this page turning, fast-paced, thriller thriller. Can't wait until Part 2. Wolf is No Joke! Waiting for Hollywood to mess the movie up.....as they alwayz do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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