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After the Dance Audiobook

After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye

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Publisher's Summary

Dear Cary meets Confessions of a Video Vixen in this searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

On her 17th birthday in 1973, Janice Hunter met Marvin Gaye - the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious album What's Going On made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a 16-year-age difference and Marvin's marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown's founder, the star-struck teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was studying high school history; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties with other pop stars, lounging with Don Cornelius on the set of Soul Train, and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs overshadowed the love they shared and their marriage disintegrated.

Silent since Marvin's tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, erotically charged story of one of music history's most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, After the Dance reveals what it's like to ride shotgun on a wave of fame and self-destruction with a tortured genius who helped transform popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.

©2015 Jan Gaye (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    T. Brunson Philadelphia, PA United States 07-22-15
    T. Brunson Philadelphia, PA United States 07-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Answered A Lot of questions and raised even more"

    Overall this was a great read. I was always intrigued about the relationship between Janis Hunter and Marvin Gaye. This book delivered on answering a lot of questions. I still love Marvin but even after reading Divided Soul, we can see that he was deeply troubled as the result of his brutally abusive childhood. I surely didn't know that he was molested as a child. That puts many of his issues into context. I would have liked to know more about Jan's feelings as she went through the extreme manipulation at Marvin's hands. Clearly, her abandonment issues, sexual abuse issues and physical abuse issues shaded her life as well. She barely touched on these things but it was good that she mentioned them to put some of her more self destructive decisions and actions into context. I have the audio book and will also be purchasing the hard cover for my library. This was the book I have waited years for and it will be a treasured addition to my library. Much love and respect to Janis Hunter for telling her story with the beautiful, fun, good, bad, truth it entails.....

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    Kimberly Griffin 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Name Dropping"

    Jan Gaye spends a lot of time name dropping & telling who are drug buddies were back in the day. Also a lot of sexual encounter details that are really no value added.

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    Orsayor Simmons Toledo, Ohio 05-20-15
    Orsayor Simmons Toledo, Ohio 05-20-15 Member Since 2013

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    "When the Dance is Over..."
    What made the experience of listening to After the Dance the most enjoyable?

    Learning thing about Marvin Gaye's life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of After the Dance?

    Even though it was sad but reading about Marvin's paranoia - his fear of performing live (who would have thought the man that sang sexual healing dealt with insecurity)


    What about Robin Eller’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was very calming. It felt as though Jan Gaye was reading the audiobook herself - Robin really connected with the story.


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

    When the Dance is Over...


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dima 07-28-16
    Dima 07-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Jan Was THIRSTY"
    Where does After the Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite audio book. Most of the Books that I read/listen to are uplifting to women. I just felt like Jan was a young girl with her nose wide open. Her childhood and absent of a father did not help.
    I think the book was raw and real.


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

    Her performance made the experience enjoyable.
    Robin is a Rock Star!


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

    The thirsty groupie!


    Any additional comments?

    NONE

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    Amazon Customer 07-23-16
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    "It's was a story told from her perpective"

    It was a good story.I realize now that he suffered from being Bipolar.Mental illness wasn't widely as discussed as it is now.It is tragic that he along with singers like Donnie Hathaway and Phyllis Hyman suffered from either depression,paranoia,and or being on the severe end of being bi-polar.Mental illness is still unfortunately ostracized in the african american community...Marvin's life was a classic case of being abused as a child and growing up with the pain.Then he had to deal with his own demons like we all do.It's a good but of course tragic story of the downward spiral of a musical genius.

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    Keisha 04-19-16
    Keisha 04-19-16
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    "Good Read"

    Very honest book that gave a different perspective on Marvin Gaye and his love life. i can tell he loved her very much but drugs ruined many lives. I did get sick of hearing about how much they broke up and got back together, it was very cyclical and unhealthy. Jane was so young and insecure, she literally praised Marvin and became an enabler. overall good good and shout out to Jane for being so brave to share her truth.

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    MRW 04-05-16
    MRW 04-05-16
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    "Good Story - real"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator, could be more 'in' it, more animated


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jan


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robin Eller?

    probably not


    Do you think After the Dance needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    narrator could be better, more 'in' it

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    Wayne 04-04-16
    Wayne 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stay with it"
    What would have made After the Dance better?

    Less Cinderalla-like and groupie-ish for much of the beginning.


    What could Jan Gaye have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A more down to earth approach that talks about not just the glittery beginnings but the challenges as well.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Eller’s performance?

    It was more the story line. The performer was only doing what the author gave her to work with


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

    Not really, although in fairness I was so tired of the "glitter in her eyes" tone I didn't finish most of it.


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    Kindle Customer 03-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "melvinlamb1162ml@gmail.com "

    dam,dam,dam!! jan,and marvin what a ride,a lot of emotions, happiness, sadness craziness. ..how could one man be so much? I still love the music of Marvin gaye ,God bless his soul. Mel.

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    terrique 02-13-16
    terrique 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling"

    Raw. A compelling and tragic story. So much talent. So many demons. A must read.

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