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Kevin Ratliff

Austin TX
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  • Speak No Evil

  • A Novel
  • By: Uzodinma Iweala
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, DC, he's a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: He is queer - an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders - and the one person who seems not to judge him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part 2 Let Me Down

  • By pynkskies on 06-09-18

I finished it in 1 day!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a story that needs to be told.

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

The most interesting part of the story is the fighting and coming to terms with Niru's sexuality. Also, the new relationship/romance that Niro finds.

What does Prentice Onayemi and Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Prentice Onayemi has become 1 of my favorite narrators ever. He brings so much to this audio book, with the way he voices the different characters. I kept thinking of other books that I have read that I wish he had narrated. Amazing! I like Julia Whelan's reading as well.

If you could take any character from Speak No Evil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would go to dinner with Niru and just talk to him. Let him no that he is a great person just the way he is.

Any additional comments?

I like this novel, and I think the story is a good story that needed to be told this way. But I wish there were more happy or positive story with black gay males featured in them. Let them win some time. Maybe that would be too boring?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Facing West

  • A Forever Wilde Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I'm shocked out of the steady life I've built for myself running a tattoo shop in San Francisco. The thing is: I don't do babies. And I don't do small towns. Or commitment. And I especially don't do family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Michael Pauley Blew it out of the Water!

  • By Mega Listener on 02-02-18

great story! Great narration!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I love this story! I couldn't put it down! I read it in one day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful