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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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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 07-26-12
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!

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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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    Ila Snohomish, WA, United States 06-27-12
    Ila Snohomish, WA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2012

    retired empress

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    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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    Rubin 04-09-12
    Rubin 04-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Samuel L. as always ddoes a great job. OK story."
    What did you like best about A Rage in Harlem? What did you like least?

    The story was just ok. I'm not sure about the factuality of the era or not but it was a hard life kind of story and not my normal read (listen). Other will most doubtfully enjoy it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 03-28-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Guess I'm not an urban crime drama kind of girl"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think it is a fine book, for it's genre, just not my 'cup of tea'. I might like it better as a movie but as a book it was well-written, narration was right-on, and it held my interest.

    I suppose if I was asking for a re-write for me (alone), I would ask for a bit of paranormal activity in the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chester Himes before, how does this one compare?

    I have not read anything by Chester Himes before.


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

    Samuel L. Jackson did a great job of narrating. He did a superb job of the dialect and he did each voice distinctly.


    Could you see A Rage in Harlem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be a very good movie. I would cast Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    janell 03-16-12
    janell 03-16-12
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    "Not worth the credit"
    What disappointed you about A Rage in Harlem?

    The story was not even interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chester Himes again?

    No


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

    Jackson


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was good.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to Jackson at first but by the end of the book, Amabell's voice was on my last nerve.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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