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Disappearing Acts | [Terry McMillan]

Disappearing Acts

Franklin is a construction worker who says he's tired of women and their demands. Zora is a struggling singer who also claims to have lost interest in romance. But when these hard-shelled survivors cross paths, the outcome is electric and perplexing. Beyond the joy of sex, Franklin and Zora see the possibility of a solid, lasting relationship; the trouble is, they're far from sure of how to get there.
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Publisher's Summary

Franklin is a construction worker who says he's tired of women and their demands. Zora is a struggling singer who also claims to have lost interest in romance. But when these hard-shelled survivors cross paths, the outcome is electric and perplexing. Beyond the joy of sex, Franklin and Zora see the possibility of a solid, lasting relationship; the trouble is, they're far from sure of how to get there.

Disappearing Acts is a different kind of love story: frank and unsentimental, often uproariously funny, and graced throughout with moments of rare, hard-earned wisdom.

©1989 Terry McMillan; (P)1993 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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    BEEJAXX Absecon, NJ, United States 10-22-14
    BEEJAXX Absecon, NJ, United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to read! I love many genres.

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    "LOVED IT!!!"
    Where does Disappearing Acts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read this book years ago when I was a teen and fell in love with it then. Now I am back over 20 years later and this book is still one of my favorites. I love the point of view of each character and the conversational tone of each narrator. I love Zora and Franklin.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Disappearing Acts?

    I love when they first met.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when they first professed their love for one another.


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

    Yes I laughed and cried during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration.

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    Felicia Maricopa, AZ, United States 12-05-13
    Felicia Maricopa, AZ, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story -Terrible Narration by Terry McMillian"
    Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks ?

    Absolutely not. Not if Terry McMillan is the narrator. I love her stories, but I don't want to hear her speak. She does not represent Zora well AT ALL. I want to emphasize how much I was displeased by this audiobook by stressing that this is my first review of a book on audible.com EVER. That's how strongly I disliked hearing her voice. I had to stop midway through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always like how the chapters switch off from Franklin to Zora. You get an account/perspective of the same situation from two separate characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terry McMillan's voice is too brash and aggressive. She gives too much attitude to Zora's character. Also, it seemed that only on Zora's part do I hear Terry McMillan moving and shifting around. I LOVE Disappearing Acts and have read it a million times in paperback and was hoping to be more drawn in by the voices and characters by hearing it through an audiobook. But Terry was the wrong choice as narrator. Franklin was fine. Strong yet vulnerable. I suppose I'll just rent the movie if I want to observe Franklin and Zora's interactions on another level.


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

    The male character Franklin was fine. And he made sure to keep still and not shift around during his recording.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever get Terry McMillian's 'Mama' on audible.com, PLEASE be sure that the author doesn't narrate this time. I'm sure Alfre Woodard or someone else is available.e

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-12
    Carol Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Disappearing Acts to be better than the print version?

    No. My learning style prefers audio book over reading. This is a personal preference. Terry McMillian and Avery Brooks are phenominal readers. I am so happy I chose to buy this book. I will definitely listen again and again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Disappearing Acts?

    The idea of loving someones true beauty and strength despite their faults, resonated for me in this story.


    What does Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Talent!!!! you just need to hear them talk.


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

    I laughed a lot and cried real tears.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must listen!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BOSTON, MA, US 07-02-12
    Amazon Customer BOSTON, MA, US 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall very enjoyable!"
    Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks ?

    Yes I love Avery Brooks voice, for that reason I would consider another one of Terry's books.


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

    I had read the book a long time ago and enjoyed it.


    What three words best describe Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks ’s voice?

    It aleay nice to hear an arthur read her own story... What can I say Avery voice is sexy, sexy and sexy!!!!!


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    LaGhana 05-30-12
    LaGhana 05-30-12
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    "GREAT BOOK!!"
    What did you love best about Disappearing Acts?

    It had a good story line and was really a good book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Terry and Avery narrating the story, made you wonder what was coming next and really made for good listening. It also made you feel like you were actually there standing in the room waiting to see how others were going to react to what was going on.


    What does Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their expression and passion in telling the story, it was just hard to put down, I had to read the book 2 times..


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