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Msafiri

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Purple Hibiscus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

    Msafiri says: "Great Story"
    "Great Story"
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    Where does Purple Hibiscus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun much better, but this book, once you get into it, is really good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the fact that Igboland plays a prominent role in Adichie's stories. I'm from Tanzania, but Adichie makes me feel like I now know Nsukka and Enugu, though I've never been. It's refreshing to hear names and places that are historically accurate, and not generic. The story does an excellent job of telling a story, the foundations of which could be found in any culture, and making it a distinctly African story. Great job!


    Did Lisette Lecat do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were definitely times when her South African accent came through or when her pronunciation of certain Igbo words were a bit off, but it won't be noticeable to most listeners.


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

    I listened to it on a cross-country road trip, so, yes.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Melissa V. Harris-Perry
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen is an examination of how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing.

    eliane says: "Amazingly powerful"
    "Great Book"
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    What did you love best about Sister Citizen?

    The book was such an eye opener. It is well written and provides great insight into the mis-recognition and shaming of Black women. It is a deeply emotional and insightful perspective on Black women.


    What other book might you compare Sister Citizen to and why?

    I haven't read any similar books


    What aspect of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator had a hard time translating the transitions in the book, as well as the excerpts from other texts that are in the hard copy of book. It is therefore difficult to know when the narrator is reading Harris-Perry's text or one of the poems or short stories Harris-Perry re-printed in the text.


    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
    (558)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (479)

    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"
    "Series of Short Stories"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book reads like a series of short stories that could have been better tied together. Hattie's story is interesting, we get enough of her story to emotionally invest in the character and to want more of her story. We do not get enough of the other character's stories to emotionally invest in their stories.


    What was most disappointing about Ayana Mathis’s story?

    The lack of character development


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Hattie


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

    Sadness


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Zane
    • Narrated By Hevin Hanover, Andre Blake
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Brooke Alexander, a waitress who has self-esteem issues regarding her lackluster existence and her fluctuating weight is in love with Patrick Sterling, one of the most prominent attorneys in Washington, D.C. On his good days, Patrick is the man in every woman's dream. On his bad days, Patrick's behavior is demeaning, and he is angry at the world.

    A User says: "BRING MORE ZANE PLEASE!!!"
    "My First Zane Book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the book, but the ending felt way too much like an after school special. I feel that the storyline was interesting, but the twist at the end was too preachy. I ended the story mid-dialogue. It was a bit much. Also, the one gay character seemed a bit over the top and stereotypical. His character was more the stereotypical, finger-popping version of a gay man that was popular in early 2000s television, before gay characters became multi-deminsional. Other than that, the book was good. The storyline involving the main characters was was written and performed.


    Would you recommend Total Eclipse of the Heart to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. I don't mind if a story has inerracial love, that's the reality of the times. But the way it was woven in was almost like Zane was trying to educate her readers. I may give Zane another try, but it's not likely.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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