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  • Black Privilege

  • Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
  • By: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Narrated by: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,969
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,917

Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", co-host of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Awesome

  • By Ashley on 11-22-17

Very insightful!!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I enjoyed the book. It was so good that I even took notes. The little stories provided to drive a theme home were great. I learned so much about Charlemagne that I didn't know before. I admit I am a little biased due to being a fan of his work on the Breakfast Club and Brilliant Idiots but as a fan I can say he practices what he preaches in this book. I connected a lot with certain things like the toy he believed was alive. I had a similar experience with that as well. The only negative thing I would say would be sometimes if felt like we got off track when telling the stories with the name dropping and different asides. It was cool via audiobook because it felt more like a convo but not sure how it would be in actual print!! Great start to your writing career!! Will keep a look out from much more!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

  • The Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy
  • By: L.V. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Marie Hélène
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Keisha Beale, a street-wise Chicago south-sider two years out of DePaul University, is a quarter million dollars in start-up capital away from realizing her dream of owning a recording studio/record store. Tristan White is the devastatingly handsome, 32-year-old CEO of White Enterprises, the firm he built using only the inheritance his mother left him to prove to his father he had the mettle to do it alone. When Keisha and Tristan's worlds collide, sparks fly, and a fever is ignited in them both that they have never experienced before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades with a Twist!

  • By Tracy on 08-21-13

Eventually took on a life of it's own

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever to be better than the print version?

I am not sure I did not read the printed version but I do like audio books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really enjoyed Tristian. He was a more stable version of Christian Gray and not as haunted.This gave us another version of the infamous story, where is was the female character (Keisha) that was in need of the saving.

What does Marie Hélène bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I do like hearing the different voices of the characters. She is really good with the voices from the different ethnicity's showcased in the book.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,470

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Crap minus the Holy

  • By Penny on 05-21-12

I understood what all the hype was about

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say that Fifty Shades of Grey ranks in the top 5 of my audiobook collection. I currently have about 40+ so it definitely left a good impression on me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Christian Grey. There was a deep yearning through out the book of him wanting to be loved and accepted by Anastasia. He was so clear about everything and I thought he was very patient with Anastasia while she over analyzed everything and continued to give mixed messages.

What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

For me she did a good job. I think that I would have preferred a calmer voice. I don;t know if it was Becca's voice or Anastasia's over thinking that made the character some what annoying.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Seduction of the Mind, Body and Soul...

  • Little Black Girl Lost

  • By: Keith Lee Johnson
  • Narrated by: Beresford Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Set in 1950s New Orleans, Little Black Girl Lost is a powerful tale filled with sex, greed, and the explosive political and social climates of an America long gone. Fifteen-year-old beauty Johnnie Wise lives her life devoted to God. But her innocence is shattered when her mother, who has been a prostitute for years, sells Johnnie's body to lecherous insurance man Earl Shamus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Power of the P!

  • By Kelly on 02-09-07

I do love historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What made the experience of listening to Little Black Girl Lost the most enjoyable?

I think that the world that was created was the best part of Little Black Girl lost. The author did an excellent job transporting me to the 1950s New Orleans setting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Black Girl Lost?

The most memorable moment was Johnny's mother sold her virginity. It was just really hard to hear due to it being so detailed but it was needed to really understand what Johnny lost and how she lost it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Like No One Else

  • By: Maureen Smith
  • Narrated by: Christy Clark
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Ballet dancer Tommie Purnell has finally left her troubles behind her. After a devastating scandal derails her dancing career in New York, she flees to Houston for a fresh start. Once her new dance studio takes off, the rest of Tommie's life follows suit. But when a local woman connected to Tommie turns up dead, Tommie is petrified. . .and doesn't know where to turn. When veteran homicide detective Paulo Sanchez walks through her door, Tommie wonders if her troubles have just doubled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book and story DIDN'T LIKE THE NARRATOR!

  • By H. Crawford on 06-19-14

It's not who you expect...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What did you love best about Like No One Else?

I think that I like thed Paulo (Main male character) was not a perfect guy. It goes with the ending where the author talks about redemption. Not only his redemption but also that of Johnnys.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have had Paulo and Johnny experience more together. They reconnecteded, fell in love and got engaged in a matter of a week pretty much from spending time at each others homes. I just wish there was more substance in their relationship to make their love more real.

Which character – as performed by Christy Clark – was your favorite?

Paulo was definetly my favorite. She sounded masculine, smooth and sensual with a thick accent.. It was very believable.

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

Not really. I must say Zane had parts and jokes that did make me laugh. And some of the endearing thoughts between Paulo and Johnny did put a smile on my face.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Lines II: Sunny

  • By: Tracy Brown
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

On the surface, it appears that Sunny has got it all: looks, money, a beautiful home, a healthy daughter, and friends who love her. But Sunny has a secret—something she hasn’t even told her best friend. The truth is Sunny is unhappy. She still misses her beloved Dorian and worries that no other man will ever captivate her the way he did. She’s dated some very powerful and successful men since Dorian’s death, but will she ever find love again?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read, But...

  • By Sheba on 04-25-12

You Can't Run Away From the Effects

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

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

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it shows how drugs can effect your past, future and present but the only way to navigate through it is to dig deep and find a strength that can not be broken. I think both ladies in the next book are going to need that strength.

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Lines II: Sunny?

I think the most memorable moment was when Mercedes told Sunny about how she was so proud of her mother for no longer being on drugs even though Sunny knew she was using. This situation did not make her stop using but made her feel so bad that she wanted to use more. This was the same issue that Jada had in the first book where her guilt of her lies made her want to cover it up with drugs. I think that this scene shows how powerful an addiction can be. I was hoping that Mercedes love and belief in her mother would have stopped Sunny from continuing but in the end it wasn't enough.

Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the first White Lines Novel and I think she did way better and was more settled in the characters where they sounded more distinct.

If you could take any character from White Lines II: Sunny out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I think it would be Born. He sound like a wonderful man and I think he loves Jada but I can see where he is struggling to understand and be there for her. I would like to provide unbiased perspective on the situation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Family Business

  • By: Carl Weber, Eric Pete
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story unfolds

  • By Dream on 03-26-12

Good Cliff Hanger

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Where does The Family Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has a middle ranking.It was not amazing but it was pretty interesting and the cliff hanger at the end had me prepared to move on to the second book.

What other book might you compare The Family Business to and why?

Do not have another book to compare besides the second installment.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Some of them I really liked, like the ones who played Orlando and LC. But others annoyed me like the ones who played London and Paris.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment that moved me was when Paris was fighting off the people for her brother Rio. Its like this is the moment when she finally made sense.

  • The Family Business 2

  • By: Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Diane Luke, Lisa Smith, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read but.....

  • By Ronald on 10-06-13

I WANT IN THAT FAMILY

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

What did you love best about The Family Business 2?

I think that the best part about The Family Business 2 is that you really see how Bad Ass the entire family is, including the Mom and the Cousin.

What other book might you compare The Family Business 2 to and why?

I actually have not read a book that I can think of like the Family Business 2 besides the Family Business 1. I can not wait until the 3rd book because I have a lot of questions that I need answers for.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when Sasha and Paris work together to take down the people who broke into their house.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The family that gives a new meaning to "Ride or Die".

Any additional comments?

I like how this audiobook had different people play different voices. I must admit that Ruby's voice and Paris's voice was annoying a little bit. There just not enough real in it. My favorite narrator is in this book which is Diana Luke who played Sasha.

  • White Lines

  • By: Tracy Brown
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling story

  • By Dornetta on 12-25-11

Life Is What You Make It

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of White Lines to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version of White Lines

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Lines?

I think the most memorable moment of White Lines was when Born finally caught Jada getting high. I just felt his heartbrake and I just imagined Jada so lost and confused.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Allyson Johnson?

I like Allyson Johnson for some characters. If it is a book that is more set in the south possibly because I heard a southern accent but for a novel set in New York she kinda put me off.

If you could rename White Lines, what would you call it?

The Rocks we Carry

Any additional comments?

I think that the novel was a bit longer than it had to be. The author kept resaying thoughts and feelings over and over. Also I wish we could have received a better ending for Jada and Born. Its just that in the novel we spent so much time with them as a couple, its not that they had to be intimate physically but I wish there was just a little more from Born to Jada about his feelings and wanting to rekindle.

  • Deadly Pursuit

  • By: Ann Christopher
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Smoldering romance fuels this exciting thriller from popular author Ann Christopher. Posing as a fry cook to avoid drug lord Kareem Gregory, DEA agent Jack Parker keeps defense lawyer Amara Clarke at arm’s length. But when Jack helps Amara thwart a carjacking—and their heroics make the TV news—the pair must go underground to avoid Kareem’s wrath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By artellia on 12-24-16

It was good but could have been better

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

Reviewed: 08-22-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This would not be top on my list of recommendations but if someone was looking for a list of books to read I would add it. The story line was a bit forced. I understand people can fall in love over night but there was no foundation to the love. It was more like they were really attracted to each other and had good sex but there was no real connection beyond that point.

Would you recommend Deadly Pursuit to your friends? Why or why not?

Again would not be on the top of my list.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration matched the pace of the story. The narration of the male characters were good but I did not like the narrator for the female characters. He could not convey all the sass, so it sounded like the main character was more annoying versus a sexy independent woman which the book detailed.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes if more was added to the relationship of the characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful