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  • The Book of Harlan

  • By: Bernice McFadden
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan's parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre - affectionately referred to as "the Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians - Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An insightful account of an eventful period

  • By Ezinwanyi on 07-26-16

Never disappointed

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-17-18

I love her storylines and endings that never end leaving room for another skillfully written novel. You can’t go wrong w McFadden novels. They always have a little bit of black pride, a little bit of the struggles, some black history, black love and family all gracefully woven together.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62,446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,003
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56,676

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - from a 54 yo white republican man

  • By Richard Sullivan on 12-22-18

Moving

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

This book did something to me on the inside:it literally moved my soul. Michelle Obama’s account of her life and eight years in the White House caused me to reflect on those years and the many centuries and decades before me...the sacrifices and hopes of generations before me and those to come.
I’m both inspired and disheartened for obvious reasons but I’m grateful that Michelle took the time to share, her life, politics and grace and dignity. A must read.
#obamaexcellence

  • Glorious

  • By: Bernice L. McFadden
  • Narrated by: Alfre Woodard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gruesome violence

  • By Marilyn on 11-22-11

Good read

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Not my favorite of her novels but I love love her work and Alfre Woodard was a FANTASTIC!

  • This Bitter Earth

  • The Story of Sugar Lacey
  • By: Bernice McFadden
  • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Society Award and a national best-selling author, Bernice L. McFadden returns with her sequel to Sugar. Sugar Lacey comes back home to a past she hoped to forget. She must face many obstacles and deal with secret truths about her family. This Bitter Earth is a striking novel about strength and victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Taprn on 10-07-10

Great work

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Reviewed: 09-16-18

I loved Sugar and the sequel, Bitter Earth. Bernice’s use of imagery and the smoothness of her words is captivating. I’m on a mission to listen to all of her books. The way that she weaves the characters is remarkable and the way she flashes back in time to unfold each chapter is captivating. Thumbs up!

  • Loving Donovan

  • By: Bernice L. McFadden, Terry McMillan - introduction
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist Bernice L. McFadden has also been twice honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. One of Library Journal's 25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, this heartbreaking tale follows two damaged but hopeful souls as they struggle to find love despite the ravages of their pasts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful emotional novel

  • By Candace Reynolds on 09-09-16

Left me with my mouth hanging open

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I loved how Bernice weaved the characters together as well as how she touched on the real things, the human things that we have all been, experienced or know someone who is or has. The use of imagery is perfection!