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  • 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 1,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

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
  • Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring

  • By Kim on 07-02-10

OUTSTANDING!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING THROUGH HELL IN YOUR LIFE AND ARE COMPLAINING. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK AND PREPARE YOURSELF TO BE UPLIFTED AND YOUR WINING TO STOP. THIS WOMANS LIFE FROM AGE 11 WAS HORRIBLE. SOME OF THE THINGS SHE HAD TO ENDUR WAS HEARTBREAKING AND HARD TO LISTEN TOO, BUT WITH TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY FACE I KEPT LISTENING, MY GOD THE THINGS SHE WENT THRU! THIS BOOK IS SO GUT WRENCHINGLY REAL! AND SO FULL OF GODS GRACE AND MERCY. IM CRYING WHILE TYPING THIS. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED! NARRATOR BANI TURPIN U ARE SPECTACULAR. CUPCAKE BROWN I LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US!

  • Home to Cedar Branch

  • Quaker Cafe, Book 2
  • By: Brenda Bevan Remmes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

After a betrayal ends in tragedy, Katy seeks refuge from her abusive husband, Hank, in her quiet hometown of Cedar Branch, North Carolina. Taking up residence on the old family farm and landing a job at the local Quaker Café, she hopes to leave her troubled past behind. At the café, Katy finds allies, kind people willing to protect her and offer advice. There's the gracious owner who insists that manners prevail, the no-nonsense cook who tackles life with a cast iron frying pan, a Yankee transplant who doesn't bow to convention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WANT MORE MORE MORE

  • By brenda transon on 02-05-19

I WANT MORE MORE MORE

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I LOVED THIS BOOK SOOOO MUCH. IT JUST LIKE THE FIRST ONE WAS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. Please tell me ur writing more please! Buy the first book first u won’t be disappointed omgOmg omg! Lol

  • The Quaker Café

  • By: Brenda Bevan Remmes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she's falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misses The Mark For Me

  • By Sara on 11-25-15

JUST WONDERFUL....LIZ AND BILLIE ARE MY HEROS!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

THIS BOOK TOUCHED MY HEART SO PROFOUNDLY. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I CRIED AND LAUGHED SMILED AND FROWNED. THIS BOOM FILLED ME EMOTIONALLY. PLEASE BUY THIS ONE U WONT REGRET IT!

  • A Tyranny of Petticoats

  • 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
  • By: Jessica Spotswood - editor
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Criss-cross America - on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains - from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today's most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Ass Girls!

  • By Tammy j on 12-09-16

Love the narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

The only reason I completed this is becuz of Bani Turpin she is the best narrator. A lot of these stories are short and make no sense. But I still like it.

  • Belle

  • By: Beverly Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Belle Palmer is finally free! Separated from her father on the harrowing escape, Belle is lost and alone until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she's ever known. For the first time in her 16 years, Belle can speak her mind - except for her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man - The Beau. Educated and handsome, at 18, Daniel Best is engaged to the prettiest girl around. So when the bedraggled girl his parents take under their wing suddenly turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her is a complete - and complicated - surprise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Story, Weak Narration

  • By dem on 10-17-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This book is just wonderful. A love story of sorts. I was smiling all the way thru it. Just beautiful!

  • Sugar

  • By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

For Sugar, life is anything but sweet.

Ten-year-old Sugar lives on River Road Plantation along the banks of the Mississippi River. Slavery is over, but working in the sugarcane fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar knows how to make her own fun, telling stories, climbing trees, and playing with forbidden friend Billy, the plantation owner’s son. Then a group of Chinese workers arrives to help harvest the cane. Sugar wants to know everything about them - she loves the way they dress, their unfamiliar language, and, best of all, the stories they tell of dragons and emperors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • by 9 year old girl

  • By Holly Ann on 11-23-15

JUST WONDERFUL SWEET AND A LITTLE SAD ALL AT ONCE

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

THAT LIL SUGAR IS A SWEET HOT MESS. I haven’t smile so much listening to a book in a long while. This story is beautiful just beautiful! Bani’s narrative as always is spectacular. Please order this book u won’t be disappointed.

  • The Bondwoman's Narrative

  • By: Hannah Crafts, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Narrated by: Anna Deavere Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. A work recently uncovered by renowned scholar and professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is a stirring tale of "passing" and the adventures of a young slave as she makes her way to freedom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading of an important book

  • By Hilary on 11-15-04

I REALLY CANT SAY WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT FOR REAL

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The tongue that was used in this book makes it very hard to follow. From the beginning the narrator spoke way to fast. The over use of ‘big’ words makes this book very unbelievable. Truthfully it made absolutely no sense! Unless u are prepared to hear a story read in a Shakespearean tone please don’t waste ur money. I still don’t know how I finished it or what I listened too for that matter.

  • Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Margaret Walker
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family's oral history with 30 years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting!

  • By purp on 12-14-16

WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL beautiful narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This book held so much emotion for me. The story line though hard to handle sometimes was deep and so spiritual. Vyry’s strength was unlike anything I’ve ever read about. Her and Enos went through soooo much that it nearly wiped me out with exhaustion. But I just couldn’t stop listening. I finished this book in 2 days! The way that she told her story towards the end brought me to tears and had me saying praise God before I realize it. You will not be disappointed.

  • An Extraordinary Union

  • By: Alyssa Cole
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South - to spy for the Union Army. Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he's facing his deadliest mission yet - risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a good story...A Great Story

  • By Anonymous User on 05-08-17

HISTORICAL TO A FAULT BUT OMG SOOOO FREAKIN SEXY I LOVE IT

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

THIS BOOK DID SOMETHING TO ME THAT I AM TOO EMBARRASSED TO TYPE...lol. IT IS AWESOME ADVENTUROUS AND SOOO DAMN SEXY DAMN IT! ELLE AND MALCOM ARE AWESOME. THAT MAN WORKED HARD TO GET THAT WOMAN AND WHEN HE DID HELL I EVEN FELT EVERY STROKE...lmao! I HAD NO IDEA THERE IS ANOTHER BOOK TO THIS ONE AND I HOPE IT IS JUST AS STIMULATING. THE NARRATOR DID AN AWESOME JOB. SHE BROUGHT THIS BOOK TO LIFE FOR ME IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. PLEASE ORDER IT U WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!

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  • A Hope Divided

  • By: Alyssa Cole
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother's traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her - until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie's home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good... But..

  • By Tuty on 12-12-17

JUST AWESOME

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

FIRST LET ME SAY THE NARRATOR IS MAGNIFICENT. THIS BOOK WAS SOOO ROMANTIC AND HISTORICAL. I DIDNT WANT IT TO END. THE CHAPTER WERE THE TWO LOVEBIRDS GAVE THEMSELVES FOR THE FIRST TIME TO EACH OTHER WAS THE SWEETEST AND SEXIST THING IVE EVER LISTENED TOO. LIKE A FEW OTHERS COMMENTS I WANTED MORE TOO. I TRULY HOPE ANOTHER INSTALLMENT IS COMING. IT WOULD BE A DISHONOR TO STOP THIS TRILOGY HERE. I THOUGHT THIS BOOK TO BE SOOOO STIMULATING. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. I PROMISE!

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