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The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil | [Victoria Christopher Murray]

The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.
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Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.

©2011 Victoria Christopher Murray (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 12-10-11
    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Girl is GUUUUUD - {{{{VCM}}} - MUST READ!"

    If you don’t get this book you are truly missing out. First of all, how in the world are you going to proposition me about mine - The audacity. In life there are choices and stands you have to make, this work of fiction takes your mind places where on the outside looking in you know exactly what your response would be to these things, but not so much if you are in the mix. This book is awesome. JUST GET IT and thank me later.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-17-12
    A. Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Story!"

    I loved the story about Adam & Evia which I found out their names had a symbolic meaning. Although Evia's actions really started grating my nerves after a while...the old saying "be careful what you wish for" definitely applies. I also enjoyed the way the author "snuck in" a moral to the story - very clever. It would be nice if there was a continuation or part 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 04-18-12
    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! USPS, mail carrier walking all day, audio books really make my day seems shorter

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    "surprised!"
    What did you love best about The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil?

    the end of the story was VERY surprising, without giving to much info, I really did not expect one of the main female characters to be who she was. who the heck would have thought of such an ending!


    What did you like best about this story?

    how glamorous the couples life was, beautiful children, great girlfriends,love of their faith then BOOM, the real story begins........


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

    excitement, her voice made the story believable, til u get to the end, then BOOM!


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

    THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!


    Any additional comments?

    this was a great book, as a mail carrier walking all day gets kinda boring, (right). the characters, had my lil mind constantly in a state of OMG. walking down the streets damn near talking to myself, rewinding my ipod to see if I heard her rite or did she say what I thought she said??? It took me 3 days to listen to since i only listen to my books when i'm working, makes the day shorter. I was pleased. kudo's to the author, and narrator.











    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Garland, TX, United States 05-05-12
    Jennifer Garland, TX, United States 05-05-12
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    "Interesting Idea"
    What did you like best about The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil? What did you like least?

    I thought the performance and narration were really well done. I like the point that the story made overall about what is important in life and what is fleeting.


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

    I liked how the author showed the day to day reality that today's economy can have on a family. I didn't like the "subtle"clues about Shay Shante's true identity, that definitely made parts of the story very corny. I also didn't like how the story was so drawn out in moments such as the countdown portion, you know what's going to happen so I wanted to get to it. The entire story takes place over a 30 day period so the auditor definitely packed in alot of detail into those days, maybe too much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene at the end of the book, because it was slightly eerie and unusual to hear Shay Shante in that context.


    Could you see The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could definitely see this as a movie because it is very compelling for today's economy. I think a Lynn Whitfield type could definitely play Shay Shante, she is the most compelling character. And it would be really cool to see flashback scenes of the weekend, after it happens.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-28-12
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-28-12

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "For the love of money"
    Where does The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow, this was a good one! Great pacing, good action, funny and just enough passion. It really made me think, too. What does a person sacrifice to


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No spoiler..but by the middle or at least 3/4s of the way in its pretty obvious. But its still fun to see how far down she's gonna take them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one favorite scene. But I could really sympathize with Evia the night she sent Adam to Sasha. That was tough.


    If you could take any character from The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take both Adam and Evia out, to give them both a wake-up smack. lol


    Any additional comments?

    Just get this book. It had a spiritual message without being the least bit preacy. And a great storyline that had me shaking my head and laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Detroit, MI, United States 12-30-11
    Katrina Detroit, MI, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil"

    Wow this book makes you think about your morals. And it really makes you think twice about the people you come in contact with!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendelynn 09-07-14
    Gwendelynn 09-07-14 Member Since 2003
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    "African American version of Indecent Proposal"
    What would have made The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil better?

    If the names were changed...and if they would have not taken the offer.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Love her


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Dayton, OH, United States 01-15-14
    Sherri Dayton, OH, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "AWESOME STORY!!"

    This is a great read for people of faith; or people who THINK they are people of faith. It makes you examine what you truly believe. Belief is easy when life is good; but when thinks go wrong in your life, how strong is your faith then?????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lashawn L. Doss Shawn1964 12-20-13
    Lashawn L. Doss Shawn1964 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and I love to listen to a good story!

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    "Excellent read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the story.


    What other book might you compare The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil to and why?

    Not sure


    Which character – as performed by Susan Spain – was your favorite?

    I liked them all


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

    No extreme reaction, but I was not surprised at the ending.....


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    Taryn R. Maclin Chicago, IL United States 03-04-13
    Taryn R. Maclin Chicago, IL United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mouth Left Wide Open !!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book because it was a very good read. This was my very first audiobook and I am hooked for life.


    What other book might you compare The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil to and why?

    I can't answer this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The twins birthday party.


    If you could take any character from The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Shay Shantay because it would be fun people watching with her and it would be equally interesting to hear her conversation concerning her dislike of other people. She's such a schemer and so sure of herself, it makes me want to slap her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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