This is such a well written story; it would be nice to see it made into a movie. I loved it so much; I'm actually listening to it again and am really appreciating the story much more. The characters are well developed and real.
Tracy Brown does an excellent job helping her audience peer into the crack generation - the addicts, drug dealers and how their families were affected by their actions. Tracy does a good job telling the story without being too graphic and violent. However, she gives enough information to help you understand what is going on.
I could not stop listening to this book and hated when it ended. And the narrator does a great job too. In fact, I'm trying to get my mom interested in listening to audio books, and this one was a hit with her. She's ready to get started now. She also enjoyed the narrator.
I'm going to introduce this book to my book club!
Absolutely! Learn from others mistakes! Understand what they are going through and count your blessings that you don't have to live in a world like this. It helps you appreciate your own life. The authors took time to define its characters to make them live and come to life. The narrators were especially important to the story because without their voice it would be most difficult to appreciate the character's personality, demeanor, etc.
I was most impressed with the narrator James Edward Shippy. He really played the part of Trigger which made me come to adore the character. Shippy literally brought Trigger to life and made you feel like he was real.
With the exception of Marc Damon Johnson, I can't see any other narrator portraying this character in this manner. Way to Go Shippy - you did your thing!!!
Trigger! He was so cool, down to earth, kept it real and didn't allow distractions to get in his way. His character is level headed and he shows true respect, empathy and genuine fellow feeling for those he was trying to protect. He was the man that held it down and knew how to navigate danger and used his creative wits to get himself out of hot water when he unexpectedly walked into it!
When they took down Damien's empire.
SPOILER ALERT: Yes, I was really moved at the end of the book when everyone was reunited and no lives were actually lost.
The only reason why I downloaded this book and considered it as an option is because the title reads "Carl Weber presents". Since I've listened to ALL of Carl's audio books, I thought this one had to be good as well. He did not disappoint! Although graphic at times, the book was excellent and it held my attention.
There was NEVER a dull listening moment because just when things seemed to calm down in one scene another quickly cropped up.I can't believe how mean our streets can be. Better to read about it than have to live it. These stories are no doubt teaching moments for our youngsters on how NOT to get caught up in this lifestyle.
Yes, it has an interesting story which continues from the first book, so I'd definitely recommend reading the Family Business prior to this one to ensure you understand the characters. I thoroughly enjoy reading/listening to books that have a history of past characters. You feel right at home to continue on with the saga and enjoy finding out what is happening in your favorite characters lives. This book held my attention from start to finish. It keeps you in suspense and hanging on from one scene to the next.
I enjoyed the situation that was brewing between Ruby and Orlando.
The narrators bring the story to life especially when there are multiple narrators because it helps you to transition from the characters and easily follow the script. When the narrators are interesting (as were all of the ones in this story) it really makes you feel as if you are sitting in front of the big screen at the theater, but without the screen. It helps me appreciate what it must have been like before TV when people listened to stories via radio. The narrators are simply entertaining.
No, I did not have an extreme reaction.
I'm looking forward to the other books that follow!
Yes, because with this storyline, I'm not sure the print edition would have held my attention because as I tell all of my friends, many of these books really come to life because of the narrators. And Patricia R. Floyd is one of my favorite narrators; she always knows how to bring a story to life. And that is why I prefer audio over reading because I enjoy the performances.
There were no areas that really moved me in anyway. I just felt that the book was interesting and held my attention because the way the author threaded the different situations together, made for an overall interesting story. I do not ever remember feeling bored or like I was ready for the book to end. I would recommend the book; did not feel like I wasted a credit.
Yes, I have listened to Patricia R. Floyd many times before and simply love her voice. She is an awesome performer. In fact, that is how I find other books because I look for books narrated by her. However, in this book, I could hear her swallowing and smacking her lips throughout the book as other individuals have stated. But, since I really enjoy her work, I barely noticed it as a distraction.
It was a predictable story because whenever the main character loses something in a relationship, they always gain it back in another way. I also find it interesting that when other single women in the book can't seem to find and keep a man, her girlfriend that already has someone always seems to find a man that is ready to commit.I felt the author could have done a better job at the conclusion of the story.
Also, character development was lacking. For instance, the character, Jet Jennings was mentioned throughout the book but I was never able to draw a clear picture of who he was. In many stories I have listened to in the past, I have found that some characters are developed so well, I felt I could actually reach out and touch them. In this book, I did not really feel like that.Sheridan and her son Christopher were the only ones in the book that I felt had a real presence because the author spent more time developing their characters based on how they responded to what was happening in the storyline.
A lof of novels these days tend to focus a lot on material possessions and sex appeal. But, I felt that this book offered a breath of fresh air because it dealt with a very real issue that could very well happen to anyone.
None of the scenes stood out as a favorite.
I did not personally think any one character stood out. JD Mason seemed to give the main characters equal coverage. JD could have done a better job in rounding out the main character Desi. What was her life like as a child, did she have any friends, what type of person was she prior to being sentenced to prison, did she excel academically, what were her hobbies, did she have a boyfriend...what was her life like????
The best way I can describe a memorable character is one that seems so real, I could envision myself engaging them in conversation. None of the characters in this book can fit that description!
While I felt this book did not do the best job of character development, the story held my attention and I was eager to listen all the way to the end. The book represents what can happen in small town America, when money and power are at the root of all evil. I did not
Yes, because there are many learning examples you can glean from this book. It is amazing how the story line unfolded. Some may think that certain scenes are unreal, but when you listen to or read the news, you quickly realize that the story line in this book is right up there with the rest of the headlines.
I appreciated the depth of knowledge that the author explained about the illness of the character. I've never encountered anyone that had these type of issues, but to say the least it was quite educational.
The chance encounter when Lance and Tia met after a First Friday event after Tia lost her shoe. This was probably the funniest part of the book. LOL
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others because it is a definite "eye-opener" and I enjoy reading books that are not only entertaining but educational.
Yes! There are many life learning experiences that can be gleaned from the information.
This was an amazing story! No matter what our opinion is, we cannot discredit Steve Jobs talent and ability to achieve success as a leader in the advancement of technology. I found it interesting how he never gave up trying to accomplish his desires. He had a certain stick-to-itiveness that most people dare attempt.
I am not here to criticize his judgments or character in how he dealt with others or speak harshly about how he met his achievements. If you have not read this story and are contemplating reading it, you will not be disappointed. For those that enjoy learning from the experiences of others, this book provides you with plenty of opportunities to do so.
I chose to listen to the audio version which I felt was most entertaining because it felt like I was receiving the information first hand. While the majority of the book held my attention, at times, the technical details seemed to drag on. But, overall the book is quite educational.
The details described took me through a variety of emotions ranging from sadness to unbelievable and “ah ha” moments. For instance, I recently purchased an iPad and was thoroughly disappointed that it does not support Adobe Flash. After listening to the book, I finally understand why.
Jobs was no doubt a genius! I only wonder what other marvels he would have discovered.
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The differences between Jordan as a free person and what his life was like living in the wrong century as a slave
Laughed and Cried!
I stumbled across this book when searching for other novels narrated by Allyson Johnson. At first, I hesitated because after reading the publisher’s summary about a young boy named Jordan joining a gang, I was not interested in the story line. When I discovered that young Jordan would be going back in time to discover the history of his ancestors, it captured my attention.
I am happy to say that I was NOT disappointed. Arvella Whitmore did an excellent job entertaining me with this delightful story. This story is one that could be helpful to youngsters willing to listen.
The story definitely helps one appreciate how you do not know how much you fail to appreciate something until you lose it. Young Jordan certainly learned this valuable lesson, especially after learning about the life of his ancestors.
Thumbs up to this book! You will not be disappointed. It is well worth the listen.
Allyson Johnson did a wonderful job, narrating!!!! She breathed life into the story just as I knew she would.
I always say that there is truth in fiction and enjoy most of the books I've listened to on Audible because they always leave me with a good thought of learning. I cannot say the same thing with this book. It was not entertaining and lacked a good story line.
As always, Ezra Knight and Caroline Clay did a great job narrating.
I enjoyed this audio book as it had a pretty good story line. I stumbled on it because I've enjoyed listening to the narrator Marc Damon Johnson. I love his voice because he really pulls you into the story and makes the characters live.
The story line was much different than I thought it would be and at first I was not interested in hearing a story about a rapper. But, after listening to the book, I felt it was quite entertaining.
The only thing I felt was amiss was the crazy girl that kept appearing on the scene that continued running after the main character Lance.
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