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.
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Learning about Joplin
The narrator - she was perfect!
No - but I will now!
It was fabulous!
I've listened to it multiple times - LOVE Tananarive!
The story moved very slowly and was very confusing at several parts of the book. It was also hard to connect with the characters.
Could not connect with the characters and when I finished reading I still didnt understand how or why the piano was evil.
The scene where the ghost was making love to her.
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.
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
Do away with the piano playing
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.
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