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JoAnna Adams

Cleveland, Ohio, US
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  • The Last Firefly

  • By: Kimberly A LaGrone-DeMarco
  • Narrated by: Arnetta Ellinwood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

You may leave home, but home never really leaves you. Summoned by an old family friend, Private Investigator Camille Sheridan returns to her hometown. She soon finds herself drawn to the past and lured into the murky depths of a murderous conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By JoAnna Adams on 11-12-18

Great Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

It was a page turner. Many twist and turns. The ending made me smile with glee.

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  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Walter Mosley's latest book

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

A page turner couldn't put it down. Listen to it twice. Loved it. Great read

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  • Conspiracy

  • By: De'Nesha Diamond
  • Narrated by: Shari Peele
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Best-selling author De'nesha Diamond brings her dynamic storytelling talent to DC's treacherous corridors of power - where scandal is merely the first move in a high-stakes game that makes its own rules. It's an offer too tempting to refuse: One night as an elite escort will give Abrianna Parker the fresh start she's been searching for and put the pain and costly missteps of the past behind her for good. But getting framed for a high-profile murder isn't what the coolheaded beauty signed up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!

  • By Tuty on 02-22-17

OUT STANDING !!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

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

Loved the audio version from begining to end. Very well performed. Shari Peel woderful orator.

What other book might you compare Conspiracy to and why?

Right up there with Carl Weber's series.

Which character – as performed by Shari Peele – was your favorite?

Without a doubt. Arbrianna.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would listen to over and over again, just to review something that I may have missed

Any additional comments?

I hope that there is a book 2. I need to know how Arbianna and Kadir bring down the conspiricy. Woderful book.

  • The Plot Against Hip Hop

  • The D Hunter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Nelson George
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hard-core fans suspect. This rewrite of hip-hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story

  • By tilanderson on 02-18-16

wonderful in sight into the Hip Hop

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Where does The Plot Against Hip Hop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great read. Has a ring of truth. remind you of unsung heores int eh hip hop world. I had to keep rewinding and listening closer to the story. Great read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Plot Against Hip Hop?

Memories of Tupac, Biggie and and East and West Coast beef/

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

The sound effects/ and the Voice inflections made you feel like you were there right in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I re listened and returned to different parts didn't want to miss a beat.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend that people read the whole D Hunter series. I'm hooked.

  • Echoes of a Distant Summer

  • By: Guy Johnson
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 32 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

The son of Maya Angelou, Guy Johnson is a critically acclaimed author and poet in his own right. Echoes of a Distant Summer is the story of Jackson St. Clair Tremain, a San Francisco civil servant who thought he had left his old life far behind. In 1982, Jackson is summoned to Mexico to confer with his dying grandfather, the brutal hustler King Tremain. When King dies, Jackson inherits $50 million - and the unwanted attentions of a malevolent bayou crime lord named Pug DuMont.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Echoes of a Distant Summer

  • By Wilhelmina on 05-18-10

This Book was outstanding.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Where does Echoes of a Distant Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best book out of the 23 that I've listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

King of course.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know about the scene but my favorite phrase was "Better say Joe cause you show don't know"

Who was the most memorable character of Echoes of a Distant Summer and why?

King's wife Serena

Any additional comments?

He should write a book 3

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  • Losing Hope

  • Sienna St. James, Book 1
  • By: Leslie J. Sherrod
  • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Having earned starred reviews and a fervent following for her urban Christian fiction, Leslie J. Sherrod delivers the first in a riveting new series. In Losing Hope, Sienna St. James thinks she’s finally close to getting over her long-lost, globetrotting husband. Or so she thinks. One Tuesday, everything begins to come apart when a succession of strange events - including the mystery surrounding a girl named Hope - brings her past, present, and future into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story from start to finish

  • By shainne on 08-08-16

Wonderful touching story.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

If you could sum up Losing Hope in three words, what would they be?

There's always hope.

What other book might you compare Losing Hope to and why?

Maybe a Valerie I. Westly book.

What about Patricia R. Floyd’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to.

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

There were parts that made you want to cry. I was happy to know that there is hope.

  • The Cutting Season

  • A Novel
  • By: Attica Locke
  • Narrated by: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 531

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!

  • By Carole T. on 09-20-12

Great! Could not stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Would you listen to The Cutting Season again? Why?

Yes I really enjoyed it.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

You just could not anticipate what would happen next.

What about Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s performance did you like?

Love the voice inflections and changes.

  • Buying Time

  • Angela Evans Series No. 1
  • By: Pamela Samuels Young
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems. In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars - including a hefty broker's fee for himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • crazyness

  • By Cynthia on 12-07-13

Story could have been longer.I needed more.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Buying Time to be better than the print version?

It hard to tell it was so short.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was the best.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Very well read

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

I can't recall

1 of 1 people found this review helpful