In Joplin's Ghost, 24-year-old R&B phenomenon Phoenix Smalls is on the cusp of fame and fortune. But she is haunted by the spirit of Jazz legend Scott Joplin. After a series of sultry, erotic encounters with the ghost, and with the pressures of stardom closing in on her, Phoenix begins to fear for her life and career.
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"The story is also a vehicle for Due's admirable illustration of the musician's dilemma: how to be true to a gift in the face of pressure to create what will sell. Authors face such dilemmas as well; fortunately, Due shows herself true to her own powerful gift." (Publishers Weekly)
"Haunting." (The Washington Post's Book World)
After reading the summary of this book, I almost passed it over; it does rather sound like a book revolving around supernatural sex--not true. The sex is minimal, well-written and contextually relevant; and who is actually having sex with whom is debatable. This story deserves to be judged by more than a few sexual scenes.
The author ties the past to the present, addressing themes of loss, redemption, the value of love and talent, while creating scenes filled with rich, sensory detail. It is this that Due gives to her readers: the sights, smells, tastes, and, above all, sounds of an era that is intense, sometimes dark, but always fascinating.
Spanning times between early 1900's to present modern times. This novel is a love story, and reincarnation, love of life and music, acceptance of death and a bratty piano.
I hated to see this novel end and am anxious to read another by Tananarive Due. This novel is not only entertaining it's also insightful about the world of music and of course Scott Joplin. Before I knew nothing about this man but now I truely like and respect him.
Course this one is in my relisten list.
I enjoyed this book very much. This author has a way of bringing one into the story as if you are part of it. This is the 2nd book of hers that I have listened to and both have benn excellent. I would have to say, though, Joplin's Ghost is my favorite.
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I usually read mysteries and thrillers. However, occasionally I reach out and try something different. This was one of those times that I picked a gem! I know that there have been some negative comments about the sex scenes in this book. However, it is a long book and I believe that there are only three such scenes and only one that I think could be called graphic. In my opinion, they do not detract from the book!
This sat on my ipod for 10 months while I listened to other books. I don't know why, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. Once started, I had to keep listening. It was finished in three days! This is a captivating listen. From the introduction of the main characters until the resolution of the timeless connection, it kept moving. There is some history mixed in with the fiction which makes it even more interesting.
The narration is good with some slight background noise, but overall well done.
I would not hesitate to recommend this to a reader friend.
I loved The Good House but Joplin's Ghost was painful--too long and, quite frankly, too boring. The main character is an irritating twit...save yourself, listen to The Good House and pray that Audible adds her other books which I hear are very good.
It was an effective time killer. The premise was very interesting but the delivery fell flat, nothing spectacular. It's described as a 'paranormal thriller' when it's more of a vanilla ghost story written from an egocentric teenagers perspective that barely features anything really paranormal. At no point did it inspire goosebumps. The most exciting paranormal activity was lights going out and doors slamming. The story lacks the strong characters, depth of story, and spine tingling layers intrinsic to any King novel. There are some sexual undertones that don't seem to fit the actual plot. The story quickly became tiresome and tedious. I almost didn't follow it to the end but for the fact that I paid for it. The narrator was good at portraying a wide variety of characters except white people. They tended to sound like South Park characters.
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or maybe Bernard Cornwell.
Phoenix's mother. She sounded very wise with a calm and melodious voice.
It was not what I expected...in a good way. It is most definitely one of the best stories I've listened to recently.
I like the fact that it is original. It's not your ordinary ghost story. It's a long story, but because you are so into the story you don't realize the time.
Honestly, there are too many good parts for me to choose one. There are sad ones, happy ones and even some sexy ones ;)
Not your average gohst story. Nothing you would expect. Mingled lives of the here and thereafter.
I was impressed. I think this will be one I listen to again.
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Great at the start of the book, then just got too, long, too mushy. I thought The Good House was wonderful, was disapointed with Joplin's.
S. J. Swan
I realize that the characters in this book are African American and so is the narrator, but does she have to make all white people sound like idiots? Her voices for characters didn't match their description. Her accent for the cousin Gloria was terrible and made her sound like a cartoon character not a young jewish woman. I think the narration took away from the story line...and I love Tananarive Due Books.
Ugh! Read on, if you like the idea of rapacious sex with a dead man. But, be prepared to never again enjoy Scott Joplin’s beautiful music without visions of him humping his way into eternity. Sadly, this dime store novel tarnishes Mr. Joplin's legacy by magnifying his human frailties solely to provide a vehicle for an otherwise dull story. This book left me wondering why it warranted even a passing mention in Ear to the Ground.
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