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Anrica

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Man in 3B

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Mike Ray, Shay Moore, King Parker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (217)

    Meet Darryl Graham, or as his new neighbors call him, The Man in 3B. Darryl's new to the Jamaica, Queens building, but from day one he's made quite an impression on his neighbors. He has made it very clear he greatly values his privacy, but he is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be, so inquiring minds want to know. Unfortunately, in Darryl's world, what you know can hurt you. And when he winds up dead, those inquiring minds become the prime suspects.

    Dream says: "Epilogue brings the story together"
    "Loved It!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Man in 3B the most enjoyable?

    The author did a good job in developing the characters and the narrarators did a great job in briging them to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Connie was my favorite character because she was the most genuine.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the voices of the characters, for me, brings a depth. I could get a better image of them by the sound of their voice.


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

    You never know what really goes on... Behind Closed Doors.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening to this book I thought it was going to be cartoonish and predictable with shallow characters who I would hate. But when I kept listening and the main characters were brought to life, I began to thoroughly enjoy it and found it hard to cut it off. Although I did predict what happened, I was not mad because I enjoyed listening to how everything unfolded.

    I'm glad I've gotten into Carl Weber. He is imaginative and I always enjoy his twists. He is one of my favorites and I look forward to catching up on books I have not read by him as well as his future projects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Donald Goines
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    From one of the most revolutionary writers of the twentieth century comes the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today's street lit and hip-hop culture. After my ninth birthday, I began to really understand the meaning of my name. I began to understand just what my mother was doing for a living. There was nothing I could do about it, but even had I been able to, I wouldn't have changed it.

    Anrica says: "Not for the faint at heart..."
    "Not for the faint at heart..."
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    What disappointed you about Whoreson?

    The abuse... This was my first time reading this author after seeing him featured on a TV one evening. I was not prepared for the explicit violence against the women. I guess that was dumb on my part for thinking a story of a "Ghetto Pimp" would be any different.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donald Goines again?

    No, I don't think so.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Kenerly?

    I'm not sure. I believe Kevin Kenerly did a good job at making the story come to life. It was too real for me, though.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and sadness... I did not finish the book so I'm not sure if those feelings would have changed into something else. I felt bad for Whoreson who seemed to not know any better but I felt sorry for the women for not knowing their own value.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bailey's Café

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gloria Naylor
    • Narrated By Augustus Williamson, Medwin Johnson, Cedric Ward, and others
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Welcome to Bailey's Café, the most mythically real diner you've ever walked into. Presided over by Bailey and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that draws a wide variety of the "colored" people of 1948, each with a story to tell.

    Roxanne says: "Bailey's Cafe"
    "Maybe Too Deep for Me"
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    What would have made Bailey's Café better?

    I can't really say. Maybe I need to read the hardcopy because listening to it was a bit confusing for me and made the story hard to follow. I just didn't get much of what was going on and often found my self wondering how I got where I got in the story and who was being talked about.


    What was most disappointing about Gloria Naylor’s story?

    Not being able to follow along. I stopped at, who I'm assuming, was the Jewish girl in the story. It just didn't make sense to me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I would listen to one narrated by Augustus Williamson, yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bailey's Café?

    The Jewish girl's "No man has ever touched me..." Made absolutely no sense to me. I guess I could have finished listening to find out what that really was about but between the sudden switching to talking about some tribal ritual to present day to not so present day had my head spinning so, I didn't care who touhed her at that point. Then I realized I didn't care what happened to any of the characteres.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm feeling very shallow right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crossing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Serita Ann Jakes
    • Narrated By April Parker-Jones, Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fi re on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.

    Gwendolyn Moore says: "It takes courage to face Domestic Violence!"
    "Long Story Made Longer"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Stronger characters. Everyone except for the husband and the nurse were so weak emotionally. i totally understand going through a tramatic experience but at what point do you pick yourself up and move forward? No one in this book did that except for the student that became a nurse. Also, the end was the PITS!


    What was most disappointing about Serita Ann Jakes’s story?

    On top of the emotionally weak characters, the ending made me want to through my iPod across the room. My thoughts, "I went through all of that and this is what happens?" UGH!


    What aspect of April Parker-Jones and Ann Marie Lee ’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought it was very creative to have the view point of the dying gun shot victim but to have drug that out through the entire book almost drove me insane! Maybe if we would have gotten her point of view at the beginning and then allowed the secrets to unfold throughout the investigation, it would have been better but I found myself saying, "OMG, would you just die already!" That is such a horrible thing to say, but my goodness EVERY CHAPTER? It became like listening to nails on a chalk board.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crossing?

    The end... I won't give it away but I would have done that in a whole different way. It was more than sad. Not just because of the events that unfolded but because it didn't make sense. Maybe Lady Jakes should have consulted with a dective or watched a couple more episodes of CSI or something because there were holes in all of what went down.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not big on Christian novels and it is because it seems that the characters seem so weak and that is hard for me to relate to. It's like they just allow life to happen instead of creating a life for themselves. The only example of that characteristic in this book was the young nurse. She was my favorite and I wish she would have rubbed off on her peers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Piece of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Cupcake Brown
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

    Kim says: "Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring"
    "Truly Inspirational"
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    Where does A Piece of Cake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this at #2.


    What other book might you compare A Piece of Cake to and why?

    The Color Purple because it contained tragedy and triumph and depicted the resilience of the human spirit.


    What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

    She made the story come alive. It was not like she was reading but telling you her own story.


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

    No, and I only say that because sometime it was just too much to take.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to meet Cupcake Brown. She is such an inspiration. After reading this book I realized that I have absolutely no excuse not to excel at EVERYTHING put in front of me. I'm so grateful that she shared her story and I will recommend this book to everyone I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T. D. Jakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    Forgive and forget. It should be easy to do—so why don’t we do it? The father who wasn’t always there for us. The mother who punished us. The spouse who betrayed us. The children who will leave us behind. Whoever and whatever the source of hurt, there is always a path to forgiveness. But too often, instead of forgiving, too many of us live with resentments and grudges that keep us stuck, robbing us of joy, peace, and purpose.

    rossana says: "an eye opener"
    "Thank You!"
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    If you could sum up Let It Go in three words, what would they be?

    I am free!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let It Go?

    When I seemed to be stripped down to my core, exposing all of my hurt and anger not from just one moment that I've held on to, but all incidents that has caused me to hang on to the one. It was like my soul opened and everything was poured out and filled with healing balm.


    What about T. D. Jakes’s performance did you like?

    His voice is so engaging. It was like having him sit at the table with me and talk face to face.


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

    Yes, when I realized that my un-forgiveness is a learned behavior that I picked up as I grew up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don’t Get It Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Massage therapist Isrie Walker and plus-sized fashion photographer Deja Douglas are best friends for life. After a bout of bad luck with the opposite sex, these two divas go on a mission to findthe love that’s been missing in their lives.

    Comeakco says: "Predictable"
    "What I needed, when I needed it..."
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    Where does Don’t Get It Twisted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the bottom 10.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don’t Get It Twisted?

    When Isrie ran ito Ryan at the club and the nasty things he said to her. I felt her pain and understood her insecurities.


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

    Yes. I love Susan Spain's voice. This was comparable to what I listened to before. She has a good flow and brings the character to life.


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

    When Dejah finally accepted her own beauty.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read a book like this in a while; the ups and downs of love. But it was a refreshing break from all of the noir stuff I've been reading and listening to. Although the end had a bit of a twist and drama, it was still lite and I walked away feeling good about how it ended. I will definitely check out more of Pete's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lookin' For Luv

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    From the nationally best-selling author of Married Men comes this hilarious story of four black men searching for true love. Kevin's got the looks; Antoine's got the heart and soul; Tyrone's got the skills; and Maurice has all the player moves - but what they don't have are good women in their lives. What do they do? Call 1-900-BLACK-LUV, of course! The riotous experiences that follow have to be heard to be believed.

    A. says: "What a Page Turner!!"
    "A Fairytale for Guys?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lookin' For Luv the most enjoyable?

    The flow of the story and the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carl Weber? Why or why not?

    Yes. I love Carl Weber and although this is not one of my favorite books, I am always entertained when reading or listening to his stories.


    What three words best describe Kevin Free’s performance?

    Versitile. Humurous. Entertaining.


    If you could rename Lookin' For Luv, what would you call it?

    Cinderfellas


    Any additional comments?

    A pretty good book for the most part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Upper Room

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mary Monroe
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Nationally best-selling author Mary Monroe createsan unforgettable cast of characters in The Upper Room. Mama Ruby stole her best friend's baby girl, ran off to Florida, and raised her as her own. Maureen is the center of Mama Ruby's world, and she will do anything to protect her and their life together. Now Maureen wants to know what the rest of the world is like. She is determined to find out, but escaping Mama Ruby won't be easy.

    Catherine says: "Excellent follow-up to Mama Ruby"
    "WTH?! O_0"
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    What would have made The Upper Room better?

    A believable storyline! I've read plenty of fiction and fantasy... The Wizard of Oz was more believable. This story did not have a hint of reality or symbolism. It was like reading someone's bad dream. The characters were simple, unevovled, and none of them were likeable. I was so turned off by all of them. I saw that time passed but the characters stayed childlike throughout the book...


    Has The Upper Room turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book does not even fit into a "genre"... It's turned me off from this author.


    What about Kevin Free’s performance did you like?

    Kevin Free did a great job in bringing this book alive. His performance is the only reason why I kept listening. He gave each character a voice and personality of their own. I've heard Kevin Free read in other books, but this and Mamma Ruby (the "prequel") were his best performances.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Kevin Free was the redeeming quality.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had to be the craziest story ever told. I was often confused about what was happening and how we reached many of the scenes. After the book was completed I was left with a bad taste in my mouth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "What a ride!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Family Business the most enjoyable?

    The narrorators made this book a must listen.


    What other book might you compare The Family Business to and why?

    I would compare this book to the Gideon series by Eric Jerome Dickey.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They make the book come alive; as if a movie was playing in my head.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Business and why?

    Paris... She ended up not being the spoil little girl I thought she was.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not crazy about the ending. There are some unanswered questions that maybe was left open for room for a sequel but I wish there had been a little closure. We'll see what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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