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A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel | [Chester Himes]

A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

A Rage in Harlem is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.


©1957 Chester Himes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    WILLIAM LONGBOAT KEY, FL, United States 06-11-12
    WILLIAM LONGBOAT KEY, FL, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great performance by Samuel L. Jackson."
    If you could sum up A Rage in Harlem in three words, what would they be?

    The story was fun and fast paced from a different era. Samuel L. Jackson makes the book come to life with great infections.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe st. petersburg, FL, USA 04-30-12
    Joe st. petersburg, FL, USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A great match"
    Where does A Rage in Harlem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very close to the top of my audio book list


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Not all that sparkles is gold.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-13-12
    LINDA WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Hold Package - It has Everything"
    What made the experience of listening to A Rage in Harlem the most enjoyable?

    Jackson's portrayal of each character was so realistic; his naration put you there in Harlem.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rage in Harlem?

    Finding out the sister of Mercy was his brother on dope and in drag.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 08-24-13
    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "a beautiful surprise"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 07-02-13
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 07-02-13 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Amazing Narration fit Perfectly with this Story"

    Mr. Himes is the artist and Samuel Jackson makes it all come alive. This offbeat poetic cool story brought me to Harlem and I didn't want to leave. I really liked this book, because of or in spite of that fact that it is very different than the usual read/listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Irvington, NJ, United States 06-19-13
    Denise Irvington, NJ, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rage in Harlem to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print book, but Samuel L. Jackson was superb. The story was fun, action, and thoroughly enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Kingston, PA, United States 03-26-13
    Joseph Kingston, PA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Good Stuff"
    If you could sum up A Rage in Harlem in three words, what would they be?

    Bad A**d M***f**r


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Noblesville, IN, United States 08-10-12
    David Noblesville, IN, United States 08-10-12
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    ""Whachu talkin' 'bout Bruzzz..." WOW!!"
    What did you love best about A Rage in Harlem?

    Samuel L. Jackson. Period. Sam brought these characters to visceral, warm-blooded life. The best narration I have ever heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength and development of the characters.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


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

    "A tale of hustlers, con-men, pimps and thieves during the Harlem Renaissance."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim United States 07-29-12
    Kim United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    andrew Bountiful, UT, United States 07-14-12
    andrew Bountiful, UT, United States 07-14-12
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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