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  • The Diamond Empire

  • A Novel
  • By: K'Wan
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

It's about to be an all-out war. While an ambitious rival has taken over Diamonds' crew, Diamonds lies in wait in exile, carefully planning his next move to come back and reclaim his position as king of the streets of New York for good. But when an unexpected enemy from the past one-ups Diamonds and beats him at his own game, Diamonds needs to dig deep into his bag of tricks - and make an unlikely alliance - in order to climb back to the top.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected.

  • By Terri Taylor on 12-14-17

Hmmmm not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This seemed rushed, there were far too many characters. Cary Hite always does a good job narrating, but his LA accent was horrible. I’m sure there is going to be another book in the series, but I hope K’Wan does better as I know that he can.

  • Purple City, Volumes 1-3

  • The Purple City Tales
  • By: K’wan
  • Narrated by: Kim Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

After news of the attempted murder of his estranged fiancée, Gucci, Animal has two things on his mind: love and gunplay. With the help of his mistress, the deadly Red Sonja, Animal manages to elude his captors in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and washes up on the shores of Miami. He's one step closer to home, but it may as well be a world away. Animal is still a wanted fugitive, and getting to New York undetected proves to be trickier than he thought.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By BossyMsV on 03-29-16

The narrator is beyond awful!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

This could have been a good listen, but the narrator just did me in and not in a good way. I couldn’t remember why I didn’t listen to this sooner, but as soon as she started....it all came back to me. I didn’t get past the first 2 minutes of the book.

  • Ms. Etta's Fast House

  • By: Victor McGlothin
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In 1947 St. Louis, Ms. Etta's is the place where a sinner can get all the boozy action he craves - that is until ladies' man Baltimore Floyd rolls into town and falls in the sack with the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Tuty on 03-29-18

GREAT BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narration was on point. At times it seemed a bit comical, but overall all it was a good book.

  • When You Dance with the Devil

  • By: Gwynne Forster
  • Narrated by: Susan Spain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Fannie Johnson has seen darn near all the world has to offer at her Thank the Lord Boarding House. It is home to a variety of interesting people who regard each other as family. One such is Sarah Jolene Tilman, who is ready to strike out on her own. In stark contrast, Richard Peterson has done more than his share of living and is looking for simpler pleasures. Under Fannie's watchful eye, each will embark on a path of self-exploration and find that life is nothing if not a wildly unpredictable journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not want this book to end...

  • By Dee on 06-05-09

Great narrator, storyline... not so much.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

The narrator was great, I thoroughly enjoyed listening. The storyline was blah. It was tiresome listening to a grown women not use common sense AND constantly blamed everything on her mother. I didn’t finish the book. 🙄

  • The Favorite Son

  • By: Tiffany L. Warren
  • Narrated by: Corey Allen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Award-winning author Tiffany L. Warren has been celebrated by ReShonda Tate Billingsley for novels delivering “a riveting story and a faith boost.” In The Favorite Son, handsome brothers Camden and Blaine Drake sing God’s praises in their popular gospel group. But as rumors fly about one brother, a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to destroy the group—and their family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive, Entertaining, and Superb

  • By PB on 06-26-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

The narrator was a little slow at times, but definitely worth listening to. The story was great and has several life lessons along the way.

  • The Perfect Mistress

  • By: ReShonda Tate Billingsley
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Lauren Robinson knows exactly what it takes to be the perfect mistress. She had a front-row seat when she tagged along with her father on all of his extramarital trysts. She loved keeping Daddy's special secrets, but many family members, especially her mother, consider her an accomplice in helping break up their family. This emotional distance and Lauren's early dating experiences lead her to date married men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect depiction of a life lesson

  • By PB on 08-16-16

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

It was good in the beginning, but dragged out in the middle. You can tell how the story was going to end and was predictable. It’s always hot or miss with this author. I stopped listening half way through.

  • Animal

  • By: K’wan
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Three years after narrowly escaping a one way trip to the gas chamber, the fugitive known only as Animal finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime: Harlem. Throughout his entire time in exile, the only thing that kept Animal going was the thought that he would one day be reunited with his soul mate, Gucci - but one bullet changed everything. When his enemies tried to murder Gucci, they crossed the line, so he vowed to cross them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brutal Glimpse into Life in The Hood

  • By Philomena on 01-05-13

LOVE ANIMAL!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I’m so glad Animal has his own series! I was hoping he would do a bit more punishing, but nevertheless it was a good listen.

  • No Shade

  • The Hood Rat Novels, Book 6
  • By: K’wan
  • Narrated by: Kim Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Every little girl dreams of a happy ending to her story - a home, children, and a man who loves her enough to share his life and last name. When Billy's longtime boyfriend, Marcus, finally pops the question, it's one of the happiest moments of her life. Billy calls on her childhood friends, Reese and Yoshi, to stand with her on her special day. Several years have passed since they'd last come together, and unresolved issues have driven a wedge between the women.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why is she still narrating???

  • By Lakayla eady on 10-19-16

UNFAIR REVIEW

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This book may have been good, but because of the narrator I couldn’t finish listening, therefore I can’t give a good review. WHERE IS CARY HITE?!?!?!

  • Welfare Wifeys

  • A Hood Rat Novel
  • By: K'wan
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

In the Frederick Douglass Housing Projects, the name of Jada Butler is synonymous with drama. Malika is a young, single mother trying to make a life in public housing. When she meets Teddy, she has new hope for the future. Gucci’s fiancé is now a rising star in the music industry. She’s thrilled when his tour brings him to New York. But she doesn’t know it’s more than music bringing him back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-28-12

Good book

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Cary stumbled a bit more than what I’m use to, but still a good listen!!

  • Section 8

  • A Hood Rat Novel
  • By: K'wan
  • Narrated by: Napiera Groves
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Taught by her drug-addict mother to get hers by any means necessary, Tionna's heart is cold, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers, her knight in shining armor. But with Dunham behind bars and everything she loves seized, she finds herself starting over in the same neighborhood that she swore she'd never return to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator was the worst!!

  • By Charisse on 06-07-16

BRING CARY BACK!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

The narrator was HORRIBLE! She stumbled on words, took long awkward pauses. My 10 year old could do better. I’ll just skip this book in the series as I can’t finish the book :(