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  • Flirt

  • By: Tracy Brown, K’wan, Angel Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Honey Jones, iiKane, Gabe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

From the biggest names in urban fiction comes a collection of unforgettable stories of urban love and its consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A trio of interesting stories

  • By Dream on 01-10-17

Loved ALL 3 Stories

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

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

I've never done the print version. However, since I prefer to listen to my books, I guess I'd have to say yes!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flirt?

Only read these comments if you have already listened to the book.

First Story - The first story was somewhat predictable, I don't have any real memorable moments except that Chloe's sister Willow had a better sense of judgement than she did when it came to relationships and Chloe was the one that was supposed to be schooling her. Chloe was too busy enjoying material benefits and not taking enough time to understand and realize what she was getting into.

Second Story - My jaws dropped at the end of the story at how Gina's brother reacted to what happened to Jackie at the end of the book. I didn't see that one coming!!!

In the last story, I just could not understand the logic behind the character Chris and why he chose to do what he did. I'm still just so baffled behind that. But, I thought I heard one clue in the story that went over my head that was mentioned about the situation with him and DeJuan, but I dismissed it. Now, looking back, I should have known there was going to be a connection.

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

The narrators bring the characters to life by adding the voice inflection, correct pronunciation of names, places, etc. I generally love audio books because it's like watching a movie without the picture and it takes a lot less time to get through the book because I can be doing my chores while listening or when I'm doing activities during the day that do not allow me to actually sit and read, I can listen to the story.

These stories didn't require a whole lot of concentration because it was not one of those who-dunnit it series that require you to keep track of the details in order to arrive at conclusions later. It was such a good, easy listen and quite frankly, I must admit that I was sad for the stories to end. Things were just getting good and then BAM, it was over. But, it was all good.

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

Not really, I was not sure how the storylines would flow and whether or not they would be interesting enough to devote sitting all at once to listen especially since my time is so limited. Anyway, it was my plan to listen during my 30 minutes to and from work (total round trip an hour a day). However, the book was so interesting, I found myself being plugged in every chance I got because all three stories were so good.

To net it out, I finished the book in two days - obviously the book was good! And that is generally how it is with most fictional novels. If the story is good, you just find the time to listen. And I'm thankful it was a good listen because I was at a point in my life where I needed a good diversion from my daily grind.

Any additional comments?

While the third narrator in the book was not as good as the first two, I can definitely say I've heard worse. In fact, I've done over 300 audio books so I can attest to the fact that I've heard a lot of different narrators and some of them were so bad that I didn't know if I could get through the book. For those reviewing the book that stated the third story was not all that good, I'd say, go back and listen again because in my estimation, that was the best story in the compilation.

The author, Angel Mitchell did a brilliant job plotting the story line. Like I said, I've done over 300 audio books, and none of them carried a story line like the last one. I thought it was a much needed break from the typical, usual thug story or get rich quick heists.

All I can say to Angel Mitchell is "get it girl" you did a good job with your story. I just don't think the narrator did her ANY justice and it is such a shame that he took away from her story. Because as a new author, she should have been given much better representation than that!!! And, on another note, the narrator was not really all that bad!

Sometimes I also realize that when you start listening to a book, it is a good thing to rewind the story and go back to the beginning to listen again. Because when you are trying to get into the story, there are generally details that you need to understand after the story gets going because those details generally do not come up again until much later in the book. And then when you go back and listen again, you are able to understand and connect the dots much better.

  • Games Women Play

  • By: Zaire Crown
  • Narrated by: Dylan Ford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

At 37, Tuesday is eager for a better way of life. That means getting out of the game her gentleman's club has been fronting. Her all-female "business" team has made a fortune using the club to attract, seduce - and rob - wealthy men. But in addition to being squeezed by a corrupt cop, an unfortunate incident has put Tuesday deep in debt to a ruthless gun dealer and is creating dangerous dissent behind the scenes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OH MY WORD...

  • By bmrchik0425 on 01-08-16

OMG - EXCELLENT Book - Well Worth My Credit!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It was a well developed story line with a whole lot of twists and "oh really" "I can't believe it" "say what" "stop it" moments. Just when you THOUGHT you were at the end of whatever was going on, some other ish pops up and jumps off.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the part with Tuesday and her relationship with Marcus.

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

He's one of the best narrators; simply love his voice. He can make a story stand to attention with his ability to use different voices and you actually think it's a different person reading. He has become one of my favorite narrators in which I find my next book just because he's doing the narration although I haven't been able to find that many books that he's narrated.

Dylan has a sexy voice; it's believable; he makes me want to SCREAM!!!!! LOL I love having him talking in my ear!!!!

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

Not really - they were all interesting!!!

Any additional comments?

When I first happened on this book and read the title, I thought oh no, not another one of those crazy books with a bunch of silly broads playing frivolous games! I was just not looking to read a book like that and it took me a minute to decide if I wanted to invest 11+ hours listening to it. In fact, I had already returned several other books because they were moving a bit too slow. But, it took me to about the second chapter to really dive in to this one and see that it had potential. By the third chapter, I was literally hooked. I mean, I went to bed listening to this book and just could not put it down.

Don't get me wrong, there were a bunch of lies and deceit in this book, but, the story line was well developed and the issues were real. After listening to this book I can actually say that there was a lot to learn based on what these characters endured; especially Tuesday's character. Just when you think someone has your back, think again.

I enjoy the learning element that comes from books like this one because it means I don't have to live through it but simply learn not to get involved in the first place!

Many thanks to Zaire for bringing this book to life; would love to see it unfold in a movie.

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  • The Grand Opening

  • A Family Business Novel
  • By: Carl Weber, Eric Pete
  • Narrated by: Jules Williamson, B. Lipton Bennett, Ebony Mendez, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers: Louis, aka Sweet Lou, a lover of ladies and life and a man you did not want to cross; Lawrence, aka Larry, a screw-up as attracted to trouble as it was to him; and Lavernius, better known as LC, the soft-spoken college boy who simply wanted to sell cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where it all begins

  • By Dream on 09-04-15

Carl never disappoints...he scored another one!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

Would you listen to The Grand Opening again? Why?

Yes, because I know I probably missed some pertinent details that I will need to bring to the forefront at my book club meeting because I plan to introduce this book to my club.

Who was your favorite character and why?

LC, he stole the show - had guts, stood his ground, level headed, didn't play games, knew what he wanted, and kept everyone together!

If you could take any character from The Grand Opening out to dinner, who would it be and why?

LC - because I'd like to tap into some of his knowledge and wisdom. LOL

Any additional comments?

I think Carl Weber did an excellent job helping his readers to appreciate the background of the main characters' lives. I must admit that I was quite shocked at Chippy's past but then again quite interested at how LC did not let that affect how he felt about her; he realized that she was a true gem despite her past. And, of course, he got to know the "real" Chippy!

  • Carl Weber Presents: Hood Misfits, Volume 3

  • By: Brick & Storm
  • Narrated by: Jules Williamson, Mercades Gold, Morae Brehon, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

All Enzo aka Shawn Banks, and Bianca "Angel" Smith wanted to do was leave the evidence of their old life behind them, but the past always has a way of coming back to haunt you. When International King Pin, Damien Orlando, was taken down, the streets of Atlanta thought DOA's reign of terror was over, but sometimes even tied up ends can unravel. Step into the underworld of the NFL, where E.N.G.A takes on a whole new meaning, especially for Angel and Enzo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Home Run...Loved it!

  • By C. M. on 09-26-15

Another Home Run...Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

Would you listen to Carl Weber Presents: Hood Misfits, Volume 3 again? Why?

Actually, I'd like to go back and listen to ALL three books in succession because once you listen to a book and then time passes, you forget certain details about the characters. Therefore, if you listen to the books right after the other, you can really get a better feel for all three books as they flow from one to the other.

In this book, there were characters that were casually mentioned in the previous two books and it would be nice to go back to review the books. And there are so many details that can easily escape your notice. Therefore, it would be good to go back and listen again.

What did you like best about this story?

The comradership and how the misfits never cease to come to the aid of their fellow group. I loved how they identified how the African Queen and her group came about. Also, I like how the writers continue to bring in pieces of knowledge to further build on the previous books helping you to appreciate the characters and providing more in depth information about the people in the story line.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

These narrators are new for me with exception of Jules Williamson. So, it took some getting used to. In fact, after listening to the two previous misfits books, with the voice of James Edward Shippy and Paula Parker, I must say I was a bit disappointed with the female narrators in this book because I felt that they were a bit too bland and their performances were a bit weak. However, as usual Jules Williamson did a phenomenal job. Mainly, I felt that the female narrators voices did not have enough presence.

Who was the most memorable character of Carl Weber Presents: Hood Misfits, Volume 3 and why?

Enzo, because he was the main character that I followed and was interested in knowing how he would react to the various incidents unfolding in the book.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised that the writers were able to complete a third book in this series and keep it interesting. No, actually, I should not have to say that because after all, it is a Carl Weber production. Sometimes books can't pull it off and continue delivering good content. I must admit that this book really put the icing on the cake to a lot of the things going on in the previous books as to the origin of the African Queen. I was most intrigued as to how things actually got started. As the book continued to unfold, I kept saying to myself "the writer's are most creative in the way they are bringing this information to the forefront" and I was definitely applauding another great story line.

Excellent job folks!

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  • Mama's Boy

  • By: ReShonda Tate Billingsley
  • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

When her son is accused of a violent crime, church first lady Gloria Jones finds herself battling his prosecutor - as well as her own inner demons - to save him in this drama-filled novel from best-selling, award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, lot of twist and turns!

  • By Brenda on 10-07-15

Go on ReShonda, this was one of your best!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

If you could sum up Mama's Boy in three words, what would they be?

Held My Attention

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mama's Boy?

SPOILER: When the prosecuting attorney received her own personal wake up call and had to face her own demons with her son that she thought was one of the best and brightest kids because he was raised in a "good home". Don't get me wrong, he was a good kid, but he was not perfect and just like any other, he had his own issues and was crying out for help. In fact, this was one of the predictable story lines in the book. I KNEW she was going to get hers in the end.

Which character – as performed by Myra Lucretia Taylor – was your favorite?

It's been a while that I've listened to a book narrated by Myra Lucretia Taylor and I must say that she did an excellent job. However, I cannot say that any of the characters really stood out that much in the book. It would have been nice to have multiple narrators because it always helps the flow of the story.

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

SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER: Yes, the ending. I was not expecting that outcome at all especially in the society that we live in. The way the judge handled the case showed her concern for ALL parties involved to the point where she was not being one-sided as with all other cases I've seen.

Any additional comments?

This book really held my attention and there are many lessons that can be learned throughout. In fact, it was such a good read, that I'm considering it for my next book club reading. Although we live out this type of story every day in the news, I can honestly say that many moments in the book were not quite that predictable. Just when I was picking myself up off the ground from one revelation another one seemed to crop up. So, the book definitely held my attention and if you are looking for a good, positive, realistic book, this one is it. You will NOT be disappointed! I was so glad that I stumbled across this book.

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  • Drama in the Church Saga

  • By: Dynah Zale
  • Narrated by: Karen Pittman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Tressie faithfully prays every night that God will send her a thug. It isn't long before her prayers are answered, and she meets a handsome ex-convict named Payce Boyd. He is a fine roughneck, everything Tressie imagined and more - that is until Tressie experiences firsthand the reality of being a thug's girl. Seeking solace and comfort in the sanctuary, Tressie soon learns valuable lessons and shocking truths about herself and others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great flow and keeps your interest - I recommend!

  • By Nevada on 06-29-15

I wanted to give it more stars but...

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

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

I think that Dynah could have tightened up the writing in this book because she literally introduces several new characters in the book and they just show up with no warning. She has good writing skills but it seems as if she took a wrong turn in this book and never got back on track. The book just drags on and on. And also, she is trying to build a storyline around four main characters. She really could have almost made this into four books and used each character in their own book. They could have still been supporting characters for each other.

What was most disappointing about Dynah Zale’s story?

There were missing pieces to the story. One minute a little kid was a baby and the next thing you know you've missed a big chunk of their childhood. In some instances there were issues that came up in the book and you never got any closure to the story. And then a new set of folks showed up in the storyline. Well, why not tell me what happened to the other characters instead of bringing in new ones. There was most definitely a disconnect. It's almost as if she had a lot of good experiences she wanted to share but then did not know how to organize them and polish the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Pittman?

This book had way to many characters to only have one narrator especially since she had four main ladies. To make this book more lively it would have been good to have Marc Damon Johnson and Kevin Free as the male narrators and Patricia R. Floyd and Karen Pittman as the female narrators.

What character would you cut from Drama in the Church Saga?

Dean and his grand father

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  • Criminal Minded

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Brown
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Lamin Michaels learned at his mother's knee the importance of chasing paper, so it's no surprise he gets into the drug game when he's just a teenager. When he meets Zion, a product of the New York City foster care and prison systems, Lamin knows he's met the perfect partner in crime. Together they build a huge narcotics empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Finish

  • By IN_Erin on 03-05-16

Great Story Line - Believable

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! It has a nice story line that captures and keeps your attention. The characters are believable and I enjoyed delving into their lives and learning how they dealt with their situations. Tracy did a good job defining and bringing these characters to life.

What other book might you compare Criminal Minded to and why?

White Lines - it's similar in the vein that the drug dealer decides to go legit after being in the business for so long.

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

I really love Nicole's style because she uses her voice in an array of different sounds and you can easily differentiate the males from the females. She's so good that I've considered her as my new favorite narrator. In fact, I've found some of my next books simply looking to find other books that she has narrated.

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

Yes, and I must admit that I finished this book in three days. I went to bed with my ear buds in my ear. Too bad there are only 24 hours in a day.

Any additional comments?

I love ALL of Tracy's books. She has shown herself to be a good writer as she truly breathes life into her characters.

  • Twisted

  • By: Tracy Brown
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Celeste Styles is starting over. After losing her cherished salon in a suspicious fire, she has finally left her adulterous relationship and her drama-filled life in Brooklyn for the peace and tranquility of Atlanta, Georgia. But when Rah-Lo heads down south after deciding to leave his wife Asia, Celeste is floored and isn't quite sure if she wants to rekindle their affair.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ummmmmm...It was tooo SLOW!!

  • By KashMartin on 04-15-15

I'm a Tracy Brown Fan!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

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

I can only say yes because I really don't have time to read books these days.

Would you recommend Twisted to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I really like Tracy Brown and I could not wait until she released another book after her White Lines series. What I liked about this book is the fact that although it was urban literature, it focused more on the relationships of the characters rather than their daily grind of selling drugs, killing, maiming, and all of the other drama that other urban books have. So, if you are looking for a good urban story without all of the extra stuff, this book is for you!

What about Nicole Small’s performance did you like?

I really love Nicole Small because she brings all of the characters to life and you can actually see a remarkable distinction in Nicole's voice when she narrates the different characters.

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

That thought never crossed my mind. But it was one of those story lines that I enjoyed so much that every time I had the opportunity, I was listening to it. With that said, it only took me 3 days to finish. Some books that I listen to can drag on for a week because it is painful. I can honestly say that this book was not like that.

Any additional comments?

I only gave the book three stars because I was not really all that impressed with the character development of Celeste; something was lacking. It was like the book was on point and going along pretty good, but then there is really something missing.

SPOILER: One thing I will say and that is how in the world could Celeste just walk away from a known drug dealer without any drama from her kingpin boyfriend. That just did not seem realistic based on other urban story lines I've listened to.

  • Hood Misfits Volume 1

  • Carl Weber Presents
  • By: Brick and Storm
  • Narrated by: Paula Jai Parker, James Edward Shippy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Sixteen-year-old Diamond "Ray-Ray" Jenkins has it made in the shade, until one wrong move by her parents turns their lives upside down. Their secret of taking from the wrong street King in the Trap, Damien Orlando, has now put her in peril. The death of her parents signals an end to Diamond's semi-perfect life, putting her in the hands of evil. Her only salvation is to learn the game, and to put her trust in a kid wearing a hoodie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hood Misfits - We all have our own agenda

  • By Dream on 11-25-14

One of the Best Urban Books...

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

Reviewed: 12-21-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Learn from others mistakes! Understand what they are going through and count your blessings that you don't have to live in a world like this. It helps you appreciate your own life. The authors took time to define its characters to make them live and come to life. The narrators were especially important to the story because without their voice it would be most difficult to appreciate the character's personality, demeanor, etc.

I was most impressed with the narrator James Edward Shippy. He really played the part of Trigger which made me come to adore the character. Shippy literally brought Trigger to life and made you feel like he was real.

With the exception of Marc Damon Johnson, I can't see any other narrator portraying this character in this manner. Way to Go Shippy - you did your thing!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Trigger! He was so cool, down to earth, kept it real and didn't allow distractions to get in his way. His character is level headed and he shows true respect, empathy and genuine fellow feeling for those he was trying to protect. He was the man that held it down and knew how to navigate danger and used his creative wits to get himself out of hot water when he unexpectedly walked into it!

Which scene was your favorite?

When they took down Damien's empire.

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

SPOILER ALERT: Yes, I was really moved at the end of the book when everyone was reunited and no lives were actually lost.

Any additional comments?

The only reason why I downloaded this book and considered it as an option is because the title reads "Carl Weber presents". Since I've listened to ALL of Carl's audio books, I thought this one had to be good as well. He did not disappoint! Although graphic at times, the book was excellent and it held my attention.

There was NEVER a dull listening moment because just when things seemed to calm down in one scene another quickly cropped up.I can't believe how mean our streets can be. Better to read about it than have to live it. These stories are no doubt teaching moments for our youngsters on how NOT to get caught up in this lifestyle.

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  • The Family Business 2

  • By: Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Diane Luke, Lisa Smith, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

Momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read but.....

  • By Ronald on 10-06-13

Weber Rides Again

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it has an interesting story which continues from the first book, so I'd definitely recommend reading the Family Business prior to this one to ensure you understand the characters. I thoroughly enjoy reading/listening to books that have a history of past characters. You feel right at home to continue on with the saga and enjoy finding out what is happening in your favorite characters lives. This book held my attention from start to finish. It keeps you in suspense and hanging on from one scene to the next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Business 2?

I enjoyed the situation that was brewing between Ruby and Orlando.

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

The narrators bring the story to life especially when there are multiple narrators because it helps you to transition from the characters and easily follow the script. When the narrators are interesting (as were all of the ones in this story) it really makes you feel as if you are sitting in front of the big screen at the theater, but without the screen. It helps me appreciate what it must have been like before TV when people listened to stories via radio. The narrators are simply entertaining.

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

No, I did not have an extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to the other books that follow!

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