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Joplin's Ghost | [Tananarive Due]

Joplin's Ghost

Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense.

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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Publisher's Summary

Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense.

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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©2005 Tanarive Due; (P)2005 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Audrey Deer River, MN, USA 12-24-06
    Audrey Deer River, MN, USA 12-24-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Sweeping--a fabulous read"

    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.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 11-11-07
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 11-11-07
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    "Sweeping Saga"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Jenkins Florida 04-13-07
    Karen Jenkins Florida 04-13-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent !"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 08-26-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Couldn't stop listening..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kali Philadelphia, PA, USA 11-21-07
    Kali Philadelphia, PA, USA 11-21-07
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    "Tedium"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlae 05-06-15
    Ashlae 05-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as I thought it would be."
    What disappointed you about Joplin's Ghost?

    The story moved very slowly and was very confusing at several parts of the book. It was also hard to connect with the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Tananarive Due’s story?

    Could not connect with the characters and when I finished reading I still didnt understand how or why the piano was evil.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lizan Mitchell?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Joplin's Ghost?

    The scene where the ghost was making love to her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GAITHERSBURG, MD, United States 04-21-15
    Amazon Customer GAITHERSBURG, MD, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narrators"

    I loved the history lesson on Scott Joplin. The writing was great and so were the readers. I felt it wasn't a good ghost story though. However, I don't regret listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    juliaclowes china 03-16-15
    juliaclowes china 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What is with the piano music"
    Would you try another book from Tananarive Due and/or Lizan Mitchell?

    I was looking forward to this after listening to the good house. OK, the story line would be good, and there were times I was lost in the book. For me the most annoying, not mentioned and WHY ...is the piano playing at the end of every chapter and the beginning of the next. Far too much Audible. Why did you allow this. It ruined my listening experience


    Any additional comments?

    Do away with the piano playing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CWriter 01-28-15
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    "Book had potential"

    The narrative was a bit redundant and made reading and listening to a reading of it difficult at times. The story had great potential. Sometimes less is more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    april franklin salem, oregon United States 08-01-14
    april franklin salem, oregon United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh...Hardly Rivals Stephen Kings Worst Stuff"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or maybe Bernard Cornwell.


    Which character – as performed by Lizan Mitchell – was your favorite?

    Phoenix's mother. She sounded very wise with a calm and melodious voice.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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