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  • The Healing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Odell
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a “slave disease.” Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In the remembering this book brought me to tears

  • By Marjo on 04-09-13

Brilliant and Captivating!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

When will we remember who we really are? This keeps echoing loudly within me! Loved this book immensely!

  • She Would Be King

  • A Novel
  • By: Wayétu Moore
  • Narrated by: Wayétu Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story All Should Hear

  • By Avid Reader on 02-01-19

A Story All Should Hear

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Tears, sadness, joy, boldness and pride surfaced within me as I heard the story unfold through the author! Brilliant, captivating and at times overwhelming! Didn't want the story to end!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Full Circle

  • By: Ayana Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Carin Douglas is a fearless young girl, thrust into the role of a stickup kid alongside Brooklyn's most notorious thugs. She learns to fight, to survive, and to shine through a series of events that take her from a young girl on the verge to a designer-clad diva with a hot car, an even hotter man, and a million skeletons in her closet. When Carin meets Monty, aka "Money Monty", he sweeps her off her feet with one romantic gesture after another. Their urban fairytale soon erupts into passionate sex, bold power moves, and, eventually, devastating physical violence between them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A trainwreck of Dumb and Dumber (spoiler)

  • By KweenBie on 01-21-19

Kept me constantly on edge!!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

This is normally not the type of book I read. At first, I was going to request a refund. However, the first chapter had me hooked. This story brought out emotions that had me all over the place. I truly loved this book!! So many life lessons contained in it. Well done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stay with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Powerful!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 08-28-17

Riveting and Spectacular

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I enjoyed everything about this novel! It felt like a movie playing in my head as the narrator read the beautiful story! Will look for more novels by this author!

  • When Twilight Comes

  • By: Gwynne Forster
  • Narrated by: Caroline Clay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Nationally best-selling author Gwynne Forster is a storyteller of rare power and grace. When Twilight Comes is the story of Marge Hairston and her three loving children. After Marge's husband dies, she is left to raise the children on her own. Marge perseveres and goes on to bring The Woodmore Times notoriety as North Carolina's premier African American newspaper. But when she becomes seriously ill, her children must take over the newspaper and their mother's legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patience and Love was a beautiful story

  • By Dee on 10-16-09

Fantastic and heartwarming!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This was such a heartwarming story! Great lessons gleaned from this novel! Reminded me of the importance of nurturing relationships!

  • Temptation

  • By: Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Narrated by: Caroline Clay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

For 16 years, Kyla and Jefferson have enjoyed a seemingly perfect marriage. They share a wonderful daughter, a passionate love for each other, and a deep spirituality. But their happiness is shattered when Kyla finds Jefferson in bed with another woman - a woman who happens to be her childhood friend. If there’s any hope to repair their broken marriage, they will have to trust their faith like never before. Temptation is a moving story of contemporary people struggling through one of life’s most difficult obstacles - and trusting in God to steer the way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 11 hour bible study

  • By ILoveMyAudibleKindle on 06-20-17

Didn't want it to end!!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Captivating! Emotional! inspiring! Ready for the story to continue in the next book! Great narrator!

  • Envy

  • Seven Deadly Sins Series, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Gabrielle Wilson has the perfect life: a Beverly Hills mansion, a loving family, and a massively successful PR firm. When her father admits that an affair he had years before resulted in a daughter, Gabrielle is shocked, but is actually happy. Could this be the sister she has been praying for all her life? Keisha Jones' life is a struggle. Her late mother worked on the streets, and school was its own nightmare. When Gabrielle offers to fly Keisha out of Arkansas to meet the family, Keisha instantly agrees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No words 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  • By Jonnelle on 10-01-18

Fantastic Read!!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This story was gripping and at times heart wrenching! The flashbacks were so vivid and caused my heart to thump out of my chest. At moments I found my eyes filling up with tears! The narrator is the cherry on the top! Superb!