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Debra

United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Breaking the Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gwynne Forster
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Essence® best-selling author Gwynne Forster crafts this moving look at a woman’s troubled relationship with her mother. Kendra’s mom Ginny has let her down her whole life. Yet even now, at 33 years old, Kendra can’t say no when her mother asks for help. So, determined to finally distance herself from Ginny’s lies, Kendra starts seeing psychologist Sam Hughes. Through Sam, Kendra finds stability, independence, and even a chance at love. But when her mother returns more desperate than ever, Kendra’s newfound strength is put to the ultimate test.

    Debra says: "Slow"
    "Slow"
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    What disappointed you about Breaking the Ties That Bind?

    The book was a very slow read and it didn't really have a good ending. Also the ending did not make me believe that there would be a sequeal. What really happened with the Mother?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Otherside of Goodness


    Have you listened to any of Patricia R. Floyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she is an excellent narrator


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

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Hope: Sienna St. James, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leslie J. Sherrod
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Having earned starred reviews and a fervent following for her urban Christian fiction, Leslie J. Sherrod delivers the first in a riveting new series. In Losing Hope, Sienna St. James thinks she’s finally close to getting over her long-lost, globetrotting husband. Or so she thinks. One Tuesday, everything begins to come apart when a succession of strange events - including the mystery surrounding a girl named Hope - brings her past, present, and future into question.

    Debra says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Leslie J. Sherrod and/or Patricia R. Floyd?

    The book was just not interesting. I may try and finish it at a later date, I've read about 70% of the book and it's not getting any better. Right now I've put it down and I'm starting to read something else


    Has Losing Hope turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Patricia R. Floyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Patricia Floyd is a very good narrator (one of the best)


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    My first time reading this author, I don't know if I'll read any more of her books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Twelve Years a Slave is the harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for 12 years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.

    Charles says: "Narrator, Richard Allen, Excellent"
    "Dictionary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Words that did not require a dictionary or not having to wait until the whole sentence or paragraph was read to know exactly what the author was talking about.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Did not finish the book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Allen’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Twelve Years a Slave?

    Did not finish the book.


    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Manchild in the Promised Land

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Claude Brown
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    One of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time, Manchild in the Promised Land is a seminal work of modern literature published during a literary era marked by the ascendance of black writers like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for African Americans raised in the northern ghettos of the 1940s and ’50s.

    Debra says: "Boring and slow"
    "Boring and slow"
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    What would have made Manchild in the Promised Land better?

    Started out great, became repetitious and boring. I don't chose to complete the book and I'm only half way finished, I keep listening hoping it well get better but it hasn't.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Man in 3B


    How could the performance have been better?

    Stop repeating


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Manchild in the Promised Land?

    I didn't finish the book, so I don'tknow


    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"
    "Nothing Finished"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) better?

    If I could have known what happened to the children as thay became adults. Like the baby by Lawrence, what became of her. It's as if all were crazy and had several problems. To me it seemed like the book was abridged and not unabridged.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayana Mathis again?

    Probably


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of scene was very memorable for me, usually I can remember the characters names but about the only name I remember is Hattie.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    I really don't remember to many scenes, maybe the one when Hattie left with the baby


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taking Care of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lutishia Lovely
    • Narrated By Corey Allen
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    In Taking Care of Business, the Livingstons are enjoying plenty of success - Toussaint is a Food Network star, Malcolm’s BBQ Soul Smoker is the toast of QVC, and Bianca’s Taste of Soul Tapas Style restaurant is a hit. In fact, only Jefferson has yet to make a name for himself - a problem he blames on his cousin, Toussaint. But when a stranger threatens the Livingstons’ legacy, Jefferson must put his damaged ego aside and help his family fight to stay in business.

    Dornetta says: "Loving the Livingston's"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lutishia Lovely and/or Corey Allen?

    Probably not. I had a hard time getting into her book Mind Your Own Business and an even harder time trying to get into this book, I probably will not finish this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lutishia Lovely again?

    Maybe but not too soon.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Corey Allen speaks in a monotone voice which makes it hard to listen to him. Actually his reading is one of the reasons that the book was so boring.


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

    None that I can see.


    Any additional comments?

    There are way to many key characters (Adam, Ace, Judge, Kiesha, Sterling, Diane, Quintin, Candance, Abernathy, Joyce, Zavier, Bianaca, Bobby, Chardonay her two kids, Shala, Malcom, Cooper, Jeff, Tousan, Marcus, Marietta, Booker, Zoe, Evelyn) just to name a few. It was too hard trying to keep up with all of the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Your Own Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lutishia Lovely
    • Narrated By Corey Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Delicious drama and sass set Lutishia Lovely’s sizzling novels apart from the crowd. Here she delivers a compelling companion to All Up in My Business. When their parents decide to expand their successful Taste of Soul restaurant to the West Coast, both Bianca Livingston and her brother, Jefferson, begin vying for a management position. And when their meddling cousin Toussaint shows up and the restaurant’s money starts disappearing, tension between the siblings comes to a boiling point.

    Debra says: "narrator"
    "narrator"
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    What did you like best about Mind Your Own Business? What did you like least?

    Slow start. The story got better towards the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't have a favorite


    What didn’t you like about Corey Allen’s performance?

    He speaks in monotone, no character distinguish.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think so


    0 of 0 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
    (150)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    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"
    "Ending"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a sequeal to White Lines which was really a good book


    Would you recommend White Lines II: Sunny to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a sequeal to White Lines


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

    The life of an addict


    Was White Lines II: Sunny worth the listening time?

    Yes and no, it had a horrible ending.


    Any additional comments?

    There will probably be a sequeal, but if you did not read White Lines you would not have known about Sunny's past. It's as if the writer just ran out of words to say or the story line was forgotten. It didn't leave me with any type of closure for Sunny, Jada or any of the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of a Distant Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Guy Johnson
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The son of Maya Angelou, Guy Johnson is a critically acclaimed author and poet in his own right. Echoes of a Distant Summer is the story of Jackson St. Clair Tremain, a San Francisco civil servant who thought he had left his old life far behind. In 1982, Jackson is summoned to Mexico to confer with his dying grandfather, the brutal hustler King Tremain. When King dies, Jackson inherits $50 million - and the unwanted attentions of a malevolent bayou crime lord named Pug DuMont.

    Wilhelmina says: "Echoes of a Distant Summer"
    "Echoes of a Distaant Summer"
    Overall

    Thanks for the sequeal, the first book Standing at the Scratch Line left you wondering what happened to Tramaine and Serena. I hope that there will be a third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Standing at the Scratch Line

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Guy Johnson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi "King" Tremain, caught up in his family's ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight. But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains' fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana.

    Richard says: "Finally one worth more than a credit"
    "Standing at the Scratch Line"
    Overall

    This is the second best book that I have ever read. Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon was the first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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