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  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.9 Stars

  • By j phillips on 01-09-18

Very somber read

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Jesmyn crafts a beautifully poetic story that puts you directly in her characters world. Although the only characters I was drawn to were Ma, and Pa. the story was intricate and was layered with complex issues which affected all the characters differently. I did find some parts of the story boring with really no forward momentum and I don't if that was because certain dialogue or certain events that unfolded. The biggest thing for me was the lack of growth/depth from Jojo. At no point in the story does it feel like he learns or discovers anything tangible; I just feel like he was uninteresting as a main. Overall the story was good.


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  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,686

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

My favorite book of all!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Ralph Ellison has motivated me to fully press as hard as I can to master the art of writing, and writing about issues of race, status, and character. He is my favorite author even though he has only published one major novel (one more posthumously), Invisible Man is an all time great work. I have listened to it more than 9 times now and I get the same feeling of awe whenever I reread it. It's an amazing book by an amazing writer.

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,185

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Wow! Ta Nehisi Coates really opened my mind to a lot of truth: The way he describes the reality of life as a black man is profound. I will be listening to this one quite a few times!

  • The Bluest Eye

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but not an easy story.

  • By MerryJovialL on 10-01-12

Complexed

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

This is my first time reading any book from Toni Morrison so I didn't know what to expect: But upon reading it I was moved, the story is very disturbing and it makes me wonder if life in the old times was really like this. I know you had absent/abusive fathers and mothers but was that really often? This is not the first novel I've read when a black dad rapes his daughter, I don't can't believe that events like that were that common. Overall the dialogue was superb and very rich which made this such a excellent novel I just wish that the good was mixed in with the bad to give the feel of a real life, I can't imagine anyone who has no spots of love and connection with the ones in which they live with.