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  • 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 6,816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,118

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

This is Everything

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

Okay... I got to get the hard copy of Jenifer Lewis, Mother of Black Hollywood! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ She made me laugh, feel scared, feel proud, love, get mad and then cry... OMG! #This #Everything #JeniferLewis #MotherofBlackHollywood 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Gideon

  • By: Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

As a hit man from the time he was very young, money, women, and danger have always ruled Gideon's life; but for the first time, the job is taking its toll. Neither Gideon nor the city of Buenos Aires has recovered from the mayhem caused during Gideon's last job. But before the dust has settled and the bodies have been buried, Gideon calls in backup - including the lovely Hawks, with whom Gideon has heated memories - to launch his biggest act of revenge yet...one he believes will destroy his adversary, Midnight, once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #Gideon

  • By Mr. Ponder on 04-19-17

The Best One Yet!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

All I can say is... Good Lord! Adrenaline never stops flowing. My mouth was left hung open in shock and awe. Bravo Eric! Bravo! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Lines

  • By: Tracy Brown
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling story

  • By Dornetta on 12-25-11

White Lines

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

The story was great. I loved how Tracy Brown was very thorough in fully telling each characters story and did not keep you guessing. I liked it's honesty and transparency.

The narrator was okay. She missed the mark on the NY accents. Sounded more like NC accents which kind of took away from the experience. But it was still good.

  • 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 5,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947

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
  • RIVETING!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-13-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

The performance on Audible. The story made me believe that it is okay to love with your whole heart.

  • Hold Me in Contempt

  • A Romance
  • By: Wendy Williams
  • Narrated by: Rasha Jay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she's finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible accident threatens to throw her carefully laid plans off course. Now Kim's hiding a huge secret…one that could threaten everything. Enter King. A perfect mix of Justin Timberlake and David Beckham, the man oozes sex and has more swagger than anyone Kim's ever met. Their chemistry is off the charts. But after passion-filled nights, the intensity of their emotions takes both of them by surprise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-16-14

Oh to be Queen.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Where does Hold Me in Contempt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was ok. I enjoyed it for what it was. I was say about 12 or 13.

What other book might you compare Hold Me in Contempt to and why?

It was compared to 50 Shades and I guess on a romance, fantasy level it could be that but it was not as erotic as the description made it out to be. I don't read romance novels so it doesn't compare to what I've read in the past except for 50 Shades.

Which scene was your favorite?

When King was giving it to her from behind while she looked on in a full lenght mirror... Now that was hot!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Royals in the hood...

  • Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

  • A Novel
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 219

In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore". But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you Debbie!

  • By N. Bradley on 12-30-14

I Liked It...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Where does Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks pretty high; probably in the bottom 10.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Debbie, of course. Debbie was so deep; more than what people prbably would think of a porn star. She had a genuine heart and very kind spirit.

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

Life. Character. She gave Debbie a voice and color. It made me seem to know her on a personal level.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Debbie doesn't do it anymore... Perfect title.

Any additional comments?

To follow someone through their thought process of ending it all was an interesting journey for me, especially since suicide hit so closely to me recently. I felt her numbness and understood her need to be free.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Whoreson

  • The Story of a Ghetto Pimp
  • By: Donald Goines
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

From one of the most revolutionary writers of the twentieth century comes the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today's street lit and hip-hop culture. After my ninth birthday, I began to really understand the meaning of my name. I began to understand just what my mother was doing for a living. There was nothing I could do about it, but even had I been able to, I wouldn't have changed it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best authors

  • By black_boi11 on 01-29-15

Not for the faint at heart...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-14

What disappointed you about Whoreson?

The abuse... This was my first time reading this author after seeing him featured on a TV one evening. I was not prepared for the explicit violence against the women. I guess that was dumb on my part for thinking a story of a "Ghetto Pimp" would be any different.

Would you ever listen to anything by Donald Goines again?

No, I don't think so.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Kenerly?

I'm not sure. I believe Kevin Kenerly did a good job at making the story come to life. It was too real for me, though.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and sadness... I did not finish the book so I'm not sure if those feelings would have changed into something else. I felt bad for Whoreson who seemed to not know any better but I felt sorry for the women for not knowing their own value.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Bailey's Café

  • By: Gloria Naylor
  • Narrated by: Augustus Williamson, Medwin Johnson, Cedric Ward, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Welcome to Bailey's Café, the most mythically real diner you've ever walked into. Presided over by Bailey and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that draws a wide variety of the "colored" people of 1948, each with a story to tell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe...Wow!

  • By Sagashus on 12-10-12

Maybe Too Deep for Me

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

What would have made Bailey's Café better?

I can't really say. Maybe I need to read the hardcopy because listening to it was a bit confusing for me and made the story hard to follow. I just didn't get much of what was going on and often found my self wondering how I got where I got in the story and who was being talked about.

What was most disappointing about Gloria Naylor’s story?

Not being able to follow along. I stopped at, who I'm assuming, was the Jewish girl in the story. It just didn't make sense to me.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

I would listen to one narrated by Augustus Williamson, yes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bailey's Café?

The Jewish girl's "No man has ever touched me..." Made absolutely no sense to me. I guess I could have finished listening to find out what that really was about but between the sudden switching to talking about some tribal ritual to present day to not so present day had my head spinning so, I didn't care who touhed her at that point. Then I realized I didn't care what happened to any of the characteres.

Any additional comments?

I'm feeling very shallow right now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • A Novel
  • By: Serita Ann Jakes
  • Narrated by: April Parker-Jones, Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fi re on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It takes courage to face Domestic Violence!

  • By Gwendolyn Moore on 01-17-12

Long Story Made Longer

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stronger characters. Everyone except for the husband and the nurse were so weak emotionally. i totally understand going through a tramatic experience but at what point do you pick yourself up and move forward? No one in this book did that except for the student that became a nurse. Also, the end was the PITS!

What was most disappointing about Serita Ann Jakes’s story?

On top of the emotionally weak characters, the ending made me want to through my iPod across the room. My thoughts, "I went through all of that and this is what happens?" UGH!

What aspect of April Parker-Jones and Ann Marie Lee ’s performance would you have changed?

I thought it was very creative to have the view point of the dying gun shot victim but to have drug that out through the entire book almost drove me insane! Maybe if we would have gotten her point of view at the beginning and then allowed the secrets to unfold throughout the investigation, it would have been better but I found myself saying, "OMG, would you just die already!" That is such a horrible thing to say, but my goodness EVERY CHAPTER? It became like listening to nails on a chalk board.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crossing?

The end... I won't give it away but I would have done that in a whole different way. It was more than sad. Not just because of the events that unfolded but because it didn't make sense. Maybe Lady Jakes should have consulted with a dective or watched a couple more episodes of CSI or something because there were holes in all of what went down.

Any additional comments?

I'm not big on Christian novels and it is because it seems that the characters seem so weak and that is hard for me to relate to. It's like they just allow life to happen instead of creating a life for themselves. The only example of that characteristic in this book was the young nurse. She was my favorite and I wish she would have rubbed off on her peers.

  • A Piece of Cake

  • A Memoir
  • By: Cupcake Brown
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Listening !!!!!!!!

  • By RaShaunda Allen on 10-19-09

Truly Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

Where does A Piece of Cake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank this at #2.

What other book might you compare A Piece of Cake to and why?

The Color Purple because it contained tragedy and triumph and depicted the resilience of the human spirit.

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

She made the story come alive. It was not like she was reading but telling you her own story.

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

No, and I only say that because sometime it was just too much to take.

Any additional comments?

I would love to meet Cupcake Brown. She is such an inspiration. After reading this book I realized that I have absolutely no excuse not to excel at EVERYTHING put in front of me. I'm so grateful that she shared her story and I will recommend this book to everyone I know.