Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013
Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.
Himes, described by The Sunday Times as “the greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler”, was no stranger to the world of crime: in his late teens and early 20s, he served 7 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery, the confession to which was beaten out of him by the police. He delivers the tale of his hopelessly naïve hero suddenly finding himself on the run from a hypocritical and far-from-heroic police force with lurid violence and brutal humor. There is no voice better than Mr. Jackson’s to narrate this hardboiled story of love and crime, set in a richly imagined, mid-20th century Harlem.
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The story was fun and fast paced from a different era. Samuel L. Jackson makes the book come to life with great infections.
Very close to the top of my audio book list
Chester Himes has always been one of my favorite authors since a writer friend of mine introduced his books to me in the 90s. All of his Grave Digger and Coffin Ed stories are exellant and filled with a diverse cast of characters and places.
Mr. Jackson is a perfect foil to bring to life the myriad of voices in this story. His range and skills are perfectly matched to this style of story.
Not all that sparkles is gold.
Jackson's portrayal of each character was so realistic; his naration put you there in Harlem.
Finding out the sister of Mercy was his brother on dope and in drag.
The conversation between him and his lady's sister when he first attempted to find out where she had gone. The way he imitated the sister had me in stiches; I was laughing so hard.
I was sadden by the murder of his brother that was dress as a sister of mercy and stuffed in the back of the hearse.
This was so good; it deserves a do over. I have to listen again and maybe this time I can come away remembering all of the characters name.Also I must find more books written by Chester Himes and hope I can find more books narrated by Samuel L Jackson. Chester Himes is great author and Samuel L Jackson is a great narrator and together they were FANTASTIC!!
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
That voice, that voice, that voice... Samuel L. Jackson makes A Rage in Harlem come alive with a memorable performance that rivals any he has ever given in a movie. Jackson handles women's voices as credibly as he does men's voices. This is one of the major problems in audio books, but no character suffers an identity crisis with Jackson's narration. He adds color and a rich texture to the many layers of this Chester Himes detective novel. HIs voice switches effortlessly from tension to humor driving the point home on how important it is to have a great narrator for an audio book. A Rage in Harlem and Kate Chopin's The Awakening narrated by Kim Basinger are the two best books I've listened to on Audible because of the narration.
I didn't think I'd like this book. I chose it because it's on the Audible Essentials list, and Collin Firth has a wonderful voice, and it's a classic. It was almost a duty listen. but the more it went on the deeper and better it got, and from a bitter little story of jealousy and anger it became so beautiful that by the end I felt really moved.
Never read the print book, but Samuel L. Jackson was superb. The story was fun, action, and thoroughly enjoyable.
All the scenes where Jackson kept saying that his woman was innocent and she wouldn't do anything like this, and everyone kept referring to him as a square. Jackson is great character.
It's amazing how things can spiral out of control so quickly. I couldn't believe where Jackson started and where he ended up. Great book. Highly recommended.
Bad A**d M***f**r
If you want to complain, you can tell Samuel L. Jackson is working to be Samuel L. Jackson, and you can see Chester Himes just learning to be Chester Himes. But those are both good things, and this one just flies by.
Samuel L. Jackson. Period. Sam brought these characters to visceral, warm-blooded life. The best narration I have ever heard.
The strength and development of the characters.
The imagery of the characters. Through Sam's voice alone, each and every character has a soul. Each character has an identity that materializes from Sam's voice. It's almost like he is reading a screen play!
"A tale of hustlers, con-men, pimps and thieves during the Harlem Renaissance."
By far the best performance from a narrator in the history of audio literature. The bar has been set by Sam Jackson and it may never be reset.
I really enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson as narrators. I hope to hear more stories with him. the story was a bit weak though. For a time period story I didn't really feel like I was in the moment. i would reccommend for anyone intersted in a light read or hearinf Samuel. L Jackson.
The action starts literally immediately and never lets up. Sam Jackson is great and an absolute stunning narrator of audio books. I have not read others in the series so cannot say how this stacks up. I may or may not. It was a good book on the whole, but more entertainment than substance. More sizzle than steak, as they say. The characters the series is named for were rather cheesy, but I think meant to be? This is all done with a fan's kind of smirking, let's not get too serious kind of fun attitude.
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