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Constance R Bailey

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  • Akata Witch

  • Akata Witch Series, Book 1
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing - she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • imaginative!

  • By A^3 on 04-26-18

unique coming of age tale

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

unique albino protagonist and her crew ood friends are wildly entertaining from beginning to end!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Sky

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,023

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This review is for the entire series

  • By Jesslyn H on 09-05-17

Satisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Great ending to a powerful series. I especially appreciate that the ending was not a traditional "happy" ending.

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,704
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,094

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

great sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

sequel might be better than the first, can't give spoilers but the book was great!

  • Joplin's Ghost

  • By: Tananarive Due
  • Narrated by: Lizan Mitchell
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense.

In Joplin's Ghost, 24-year-old R&B phenomenon Phoenix Smalls is on the cusp of fame and fortune. But she is haunted by the spirit of Jazz legend Scott Joplin. After a series of sultry, erotic encounters with the ghost, and with the pressures of stardom closing in on her, Phoenix begins to fear for her life and career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweeping--a fabulous read

  • By Audrey on 12-24-06

Due never disappoints!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Riveting tale and much more nuanced and developed than the typical "ghost story." The historical sections are great. the contemporary ones feel a little forced, almost as if they are trying to hard to form a parallel with music industry stories of the day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

  • By: Ernest J. Gaines
  • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman has sold over a million copies nationwide since its publication in 1971, making the fictional character of Miss Jane so real many people don’t know she exists only in the imagination of Louisiana-born author Ernest J. Gaines. Miss Jane is 100 years old when she is interviewed by an area high school teacher looking to teach his students more about plantation society in the Deep South. Her story is not only a vivid picture of the South before the dawn of the civil rights era, but also a story of one woman’s survival against overwhelming odds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Civil War to Civil Rights

  • By Jean on 02-14-15

good listen, even though it's frustrating at times

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Compelling narrative although at times Jane's lack of agency is extremely frustrating; however, by the end of the story she has developed some sense of autonomy which is somewhat redeeming.