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Bad Men and Wicked Women audiobook cover art

Too much unnecessary dialogue!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

The title of this review pretty much says it all! The only reason I hung in there is because of Deon Graham and his amazing vocal performance. He could read me the white and yellow pages of a phone book (if they still made them) and I would sit through it all. The author on the other hand, I can say his latest offerings haven’t been as up to par. This one I struggled through. Between the political diatribe and the nonsensical run-on conversations in unrealistic situations, I was happy for the skip forward button more than a few times and I’m a die-hard EJD reader. Oh well, maybe better luck with the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Perfect Peace audiobook cover art

Perfection, no pun intended

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

While beautifully written, I had hoped the ending would be brought more resolution for Emma Jean Peace and was disappointed but I can’t deny the power of this beautiful story.

Homegoing audiobook cover art

Inspirational!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

One of the best books I've ever read on the African and African-American experience. A story of a family history come full circle that touches the soul.

Here Comes the Sun audiobook cover art

What a story!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

An amazing tale of generational curses and a cycle of broken dreams. Heartbreakingly beautiful. I highly recommend it.

Waiting for Jules audiobook cover art

Long, drawn out and unnecessary

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I thought the story itself was good but I felt like the author took a long time to get to the point and some of the chapters felt like "fluff." I found myself losing interest at various points of the story and it wasn't until the final 4 or 5 chapters that I found myself riveted until the end.

Other than that, my biggest issue was with the narrator. This is may seem like a petty point to make but the main character, Jules, is a woman in her early 30's and I felt like the narrator sounded like an older woman which made it hard for me to picture the character. In addition, her faux English accent was distracting because she'd go in and out of the accent while speaking as Jules and I found myself more irritated than anything. If there's an abridged version I'd recommend that.

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Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Robin Miles did great with the narration. The story was very emotional and I found myself tearing up a few times. At the heart of it, "Claire" looks at what it means to be a parent, a child and to sacrifice and who benefits or hurts from that sacrifice the most. Overall, I recommend it but I agree with some of the other reviews on here that the ending was rather anti-climatic. I was waiting for a wrap up or a point to it all but in the end, I was left with just a beautiful story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Boy, Snow, Bird audiobook cover art

Read the book, skip the audio version

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

My recommendation would be to read this book by the page as opposed to an audiobook. I had a hard time following the story once it branched off in the middle section in interactions between Bird and Snow. Overall, I believe the theme is that family secrets are dangerous and can destroy healthy relationships but I wish the author had gotten to the point sooner because I felt the story just dragged on and on.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Ghana Must Go audiobook cover art

Good read but left some things to be desired...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Overall I thought the actor's performance was great. She can sound "nasally" when speaking in an American accent but that wasn't too distracting. I liked the story overall but it lagged and stretch out in some parts that made it difficult to keep up with. Normally it takes me a week at the most to finish a good audiobook, this took me three weeks to finish as I found myself being easily distracted by Selasi's attempts at being overly poetic. In my opinion, this book is probably better read than listened to. The ending was beautiful and tied up a lot of loose ends found in the beginning. Overall, this is a book I'd recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Purple Hibiscus audiobook cover art

Great story, OK performance

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Anything Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes is like gold from Heaven to me but I found Lisette Lecat's performance wanting. It's not that she doesn't narrate well but she tends to take long pauses in breaks between narration that become distracting because you don't know whether she's pausing to start a new chapter or simply continuing the paragraph. Plus you can't hear her breathing and mouth sounds so clearly it's a bit distracting. This is less about her performance and more so the sound quality engineering in the studio. Overall this didn't deter me from enjoying this spellbinding and moving story.

Americanah audiobook cover art

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

This book met all of my expectations and then some. An awesome read for anyone who loves a great love story!