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Murderville: The First of a Trilogy | [Ashley, JaQuavis]

Murderville: The First of a Trilogy

Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A’shai, are brought together by chance, only to be forced apart by the most inevitable and tragic fate. Ashley & JaQuavis bring us this classic love story set against modern life’s most horrifying realities.
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Publisher's Summary

Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A’shai, are brought together by chance, only to be forced apart by the most inevitable and tragic fate. Ashley & JaQuavis bring us this classic love story set against modern life’s most horrifying realities.

Liberty is dying of a fatal heart condition, though she desperately wants to survive until her 25th birthday, when her sister has promised to visit her. A’shai blames himself for not protecting Liberty, but all Liberty asks is for A’shai to tell her a story, to help her remember what brought them to this point. He knows that this is the last story he will ever tell—and the last she will ever hear.

As Liberty lies dying, A’shai walks her through their past, reliving their ill-fated journeys through the streets. Their story will take them from an arranged marriage, through Mexico’s drug cartel, child brothels, and hustling in Detroit, to escaping the high-powered heads of LA’s underworld. But ultimately, this is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.

©2011 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

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    tacocat 08-27-14
    tacocat 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible! (I shouldn't have trusted those reviews)"
    Would you try another book from Ashley and JaQuavis and/or Cary Hite?

    I would not try another Ashley and JaQuavis book. I would not avoid a book narrated by Cary Hite.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cary Hite?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murderville?

    All of the erotic scenes. There is something unsettling about transitioning from child slavery and rape to explicitly described romantic sex.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is laughably bad. It only makes sense if you imagine that it was written by a teenager trying to get a message out about human trafficking. They know it's bad so they tell you all the horrible things that happen to these characters. However, they still think drug kingpins and high end prostitution are cool so these things are glamorized even though the story acknowledges their ties to human trafficking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 04-07-14
    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good start"
    Where does Murderville rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It doesn't rank. I am reviewing this after listening to all 3. It was not a book that should have been made into a trilogy. It was a good start.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: How the 2 had such different lives once they separated. Least interesting - the use of the word "Ma" Goodness, do they know any other terms of endearment for a woman? Like: Honey, beautiful, baby, shorty, something other than "ma" every 5 seconds.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    He was wonderful. He did a great job with the accents.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book should have and could have been raped up without making it a trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nu'Mom Cary, NC USofA 12-04-13
    Nu'Mom Cary, NC USofA 12-04-13

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    "Ready for Murderville II"
    If you could sum up Murderville in three words, what would they be?

    I have to be honest...if you are looking for a read that captures you at Page 1...this is not your book. However, if you are looking for a book where the story line gets better and better with each chapter...this is it.
    Murderville really did start out slow. I was almost regretting that I selected it as the first book for our newly organized book club. But, I kept on reading. I am glad I did!
    What I like most about the book was the way the story was told about undying and unwavering love. I also like the way the authors brought forth the back drop of what was really going on in Sierra Leone.
    If you stick with this book, you will enjoy it. The only other negative thing I can say is that I hate the way it ended...But, because of that, I am encouraged to read Part II! LOL!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate the way the authors told the story of undying and unwavering love that managed to survive distance, time and hardship. The loyalty and the bond shared between the two main characters is awesome and you can feel it come through the words in the book.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    I give the narrator’s performance two thumbs up. He worked between all of the many characters very well.


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

    I'm not sure about that...


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to start book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Miami, FL, United States 10-23-13
    Jodi Miami, FL, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"

    This is a good read. I could not put the book down. This really makes one think of what other endure.

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    C. L Madison Lake Elsinore, CA 10-06-13
    C. L Madison Lake Elsinore, CA 10-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a great audio book"
    If you could sum up Murderville in three words, what would they be?

    This was a very entertaining and suspenseful story. I love the flow as it moved from one situation to the next. The characters and their plight kept me listening with hope of good fortune to turn up at the next step.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the storyline about two people and their difficult journey, how Asi was determined to reach back and help Liberty.


    Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?

    Asi


    If you could take any character from Murderville out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Liberty. I would want to hear how psychologically she is impacted by the enslavement.


    Any additional comments?

    Just waiting for my next credits so I can get the rest of the series! I would like to see this as an HBO/Showtime feature!~

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita College Park, GA, United States 05-29-13
    Juanita College Park, GA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen..."

    Started off slow put picked up quickly. Love Cary Hite narration. I could listen to any book he reads, because he knows how to bring all of his characters to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Honolulu, HI 04-23-13
    Michael Honolulu, HI 04-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Liberty!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading reviews for this book for the last several months and placed it in my wish list. After a birthday in the first half of April I used birthday cash to purchase three extra credits. I couldn't resist getting this book. I was kind of ticked off on how the story started. I really don't like stories that start with the end, then give the back-story as the plot. It's a major pet peeve for me. Plus I knew the book was going to dog-out my hometown of Detroit. But as I vowed to turn it off, I kept saying one more chapter then I'll turn it off. Before I knew it, I was more than halfway through the book and hopelessly hooked.

    This book tugs at the essence of being a man. As a man, it is primal to protect the ones we love. However, our ability to protect our loved ones is fleeting at best, as the recent tragedy in Boston and the book illustrates. That's what this book is, it is the flight or fight reaction, courage in its rawest form and love. The book doesn't disappoint and doesn't hold back, it is true life.

    I thought the ending borrowed too much from Shakespeare, but other than that, this one had my heart racing, cussing out characters during my commute and spending a lot of time reflecting on my own upbringing in Detroit, Michigan. I miss my hometown something fierce.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa L Johnson 03-26-13
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    "Don't Miss This One!!!!"
    Would you listen to Murderville again? Why?

    Yes, I would. The storyline is gripping. Very exciting and action packed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Has some of everything- constantly holds your attention. Never a dull moment.


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

    Life to each and every character. You hear and feel all emotions.


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

    Definitely, didn't want to to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Part (Book) 3. Want to know what going on!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Miami, FL, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer Miami, FL, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "DON'T MISS OUT ON A MASTERPIECE"
    Where does Murderville rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'll have to say 1.75. The Gideon series by Eric Jerome Dickey is still my #1 series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murderville?

    When A'Sai's mom, Willow, was taken fron him. That question is a migraine due there being so many.


    Have you listened to any of Cary Hite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my 1st listen to Cary Hite. He is a narrator that will have me follow his work which will introduce me to other authors.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Without a doubt this book was mind blowing. The thrill and action of the street had me grinning and jumping. The drama that A'Shai and Liberty went through from beginning to end had me so mesmerized.


    Any additional comments?

    I went out into the field looking for a book to read. Murderville 3 kept being mentioned and how everyone is waiting for it to be released. The 1st one didn't catch my attention but w/ Ashley and JaQuavis being one of my favs I finally gave in. The. book was so good I read it in one day and then went and listened to the unabridged version. I had to turn my phone off both when reading and listening to it b/c my trance kept being broken. Like a good movie the narrator, Cary Hite, sparked their masterpiece. Get ready to be put into another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fayetteville, GA, United States 02-01-13
    Amazon Customer Fayetteville, GA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Unexpected"
    What made the experience of listening to Murderville the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was great. Exciting from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The connection between Shai and Liberty.


    Have you listened to any of Cary Hite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He did a great Job!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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