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A Rage in Harlem Audiobook

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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    Taufiq East Brunswick, NJ, United States 05-21-12
    Taufiq East Brunswick, NJ, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just okay"

    Wasn't too thrilled about this book. Samuel L. Jackson was good but the story wasn't right for me. It failed to capture my attention.

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    patricia bitker-golan Israel 04-21-12
    patricia bitker-golan Israel 04-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A brilliantly narrated tragi-comedy"
    If you could sum up A Rage in Harlem in three words, what would they be?

    rip-roaring period tale


    Which character ??? as performed by Samuel L. Jackson ??? was your favorite?

    Jackson's voicing of each of the characters was so well-done and spot-on, that one would have thought there is an entire cast performing.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unfamiliar with this author and bought the book because of the actor. Not everyone will find the dialect easy-going, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 04-16-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Gotta Love It!!!"

    Wow, I've never encountered a story by Chester Himes before and it was fast paced. I love Samuel L Jackson as a narrator and actor; he kept up without a hitch and made it so fun. I just felt sorry for our main character, Jackson, as things just kept falling apart in a bad way. It seemed like the poor guy just couldn't catch a break; sure, he put himself in some bad situations, but dang if things just didn't go haywire and he'd get the short end. He was caught up with some really bad guys, that somehow his junkie-brother, "Sister Gabriel" managed to save Jackson from in spite of himself, until the brothers horrible end - that was some of the best dialogue/monologue!! I never really did figure out if Jacksons girl was a user or just clueless. You will have to be the judge of that. I think clueless, just like him to an extent, at least I like to think so.

    There was a lot of meat in this story to cover in a short review, but I had some serious laugh out loud moments, but a lot of I wish I could kick that crooked cops a**. I'm sure some of the story was a little over the top, the humor part mostly, but not the crooked cop bit back in the 50's. I'm not sure what I expected from the story, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I'm into fast action crime novels, and this one never stood still. Another thing I liked was that the "good bad guys" didn't always come out ahead. I hate when that happens, but in a story I like that too because it catches me unaware. The author takes me where I don't expect to go. (contradiction that I like/hate/like that, but it makes for good story telling - which is the reason I read/listen in the first place! Confused yet?)

    This definitely deserved A-list status! Mr Jackson has a super fan in me, because of his talent. I love him in the movies, and when I listen to "Go the F**k to sleep!" I laugh harder every time. His cadence and tone are perfect, which makes the words so familiar to my heart. (snicker) That perfect pitch and rhythm came through in this book with this story too. I hope he reads more. I'll just look for him as narrator and listen, no matter who the author is. He'll make a bad story good and a good story great!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 04-04-12
    Amazon Customer Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 04-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narrator- humorous story."
    Where does A Rage in Harlem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top


    What other book might you compare A Rage in Harlem to and why?

    None


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Engaging..kept you entertained


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

    I made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Liked the story.samuel made me feel like I knew the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    paulette oakland, CA, United States 04-02-12
    paulette oakland, CA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "over the top narration"
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    I felt the narration of this book was way over the top and way too dramatic. It took away from the story. I almost stopped listiening to it because it was so grating and annoying.
    I did perservere and the book was worth while but what I remember most is how annoying the narration was instead of how good the story was.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cronespirit 08-16-12
    Cronespirit 08-16-12 Member Since 2016

    Gloriawms

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    "the story line was so unbelievable ."
    What did you like best about A Rage in Harlem? What did you like least?

    nothing best,least the language


    What was most disappointing about Chester Himes’s story?

    THE WAY HE PORTRAYS BLACK PEOPLE. All of us don't live these lives or know of these people.


    What aspect of Samuel L. Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr. Jackson , I feel is very hard to believe .He reads just like he talks and that is not good. My first time listen to him and my last time.


    Do you think A Rage in Harlem needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish this book it was to differ cult to hear Mr. Jacksons style of reading.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    valerie 07-26-12
    valerie 07-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "an okay story"

    Samuel Jackson did the best he could with this so so story. I really didn't like the story iat all. The main character was pitiful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Snohomish, WA, United States 06-27-12
    Amazon Customer Snohomish, WA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2012

    retired empress

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    "Where is the ending?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, well maybe, but only with a warning. The story doesn't seem to end. It just stops.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anne Perry's "Angels in the Mist"


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

    Mr. Jackson has a wonderful voice. It's the only thing that kept me listening to the book. If I were reading it, I don't think I would have finished it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I doubt it very much.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a real disappointment for me. I love Samuel Jackson as an actor and he has a wonderful very expressive voice. I wish he had chosen a better venue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 06-19-12
    Colleen 06-19-12
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    "Not a waste of time."

    The story was OK but I thought the cop side of the story was under-developed.

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    db2373 06-18-12
    db2373 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good performance, well written, but simple story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the author is very creative and did a very good job is making the story come to life. Unfortunately the story in itself was not worth the time spent. I didn't find one character in this story that I could relate too or care what happen to them. I may give the series with Grave digger another shot as they were not main characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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