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  • Assata

  • By: Assata Shakur, Angela Davis - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sirena Riley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 579

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted list. Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white State Trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By The Black Awareness Book Club (On Facebook) on 10-06-17

Everything!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I knew I would enjoy this book but I put off reading it for so long. I’m so glad I came back and read it ! I needed to read this !!!

  • God Don't Like Ugly

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Denise Burse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

In God Don't Like Ugly, she weaves a powerful tale of devastating abuse, the strength of friendship, and the burden of terrible secrets. Shy, overweight Annette Goode is only seven years old when Mr. Boatwright, a boarder in her house, begins sexually abusing her. She keeps this information to herself for years, until gorgeous, self-assured Rhoda Nelson becomes her new friend. Annette confides in Rhoda and finds the strength and courage to survive to adulthood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Tamela on 12-29-12

Love!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I’m glad I finally listened to this book. I looked at it and hesitated a few times but I’m so glad I did !!! The story felt somewhat personal. It also gives you an understanding about things people really go through and why they are the way they are! The send half was my favorite part of the book.

  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,436

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I have never been big on reading books about famous people. I am so glad I read this book ! So many lessons and honesty. This is awesome!

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,030

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

Lessons!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

This was a pretty good read. I have heard about the book numerous times and finally got around to listen to it. It was definitely worth the read!! I learned a thing or two!!!

  • Queen Sugar

  • A Novel
  • By: Natalie Baszile
  • Narrated by: Miriam Hyman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151

Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would like it but I loved it 😊

  • By Colette M. Cummings on 12-05-16

Good read !

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Too bad I happen to read the book after watching the tv show. The other way around may have been more fulfilling. So many things changed when speaking of the book and tv show. The show was definitely more interesting. Good read though.

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,368

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dee is amazing

  • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

I love this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I saw the movie numerous times so to go back and read the book excited me. This is a beautiful read and I don’t think I have ever said that before.

  • Dopefiend

  • By: Donald Goines
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Trapped in the festering sore of a major American ghetto, a young man and his girlfriend - both attractive, talented, and full of promise - are inexorably pulled into the living death of the hardcore junkie. It is a horrifying world where addicts will do anything to get their next fix. For 23 years of his young life, Donald Goines lived in the dark, despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea and ended with his murder in his late 30s. He had worked up to a hundred-dollars-a-day habit - and out of the agonizing hell came Dopefiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • raw truth

  • By shelby on 12-28-15

Eye opener

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

This book was a real eye opener to the reality of drug users. Detailed and honest. The only issue is the narrator does not seem suitable for this story. I️t is a great book to listen to though

  • The Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Petry
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved best seller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book. Superb narrator. Tacky sound effects

  • By Chiwiz on 11-13-17

Needed read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

This book was a real eye opener. Touched on a lot of things people still go through in poverty.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kindred

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,483

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Octavia is awesome!!

  • By Kirsten on 01-30-08

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This is my 2nd book by Octavia Butler and I am in awe. The story is honest, touching, and at times heartbreaking but definitely a great book. The what ifs were endless to me while reading. Probably one of the best audiobooks I have ever purchased.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Parable of the Sower

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129

God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman's diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs - and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy. Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Mark

  • By Noah Paul on 11-05-09

Wow !!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

I love this book. The main character reminds me a lot of myself and my beliefs.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful