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Rosemary Meek

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  • Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Imbolo Mbue
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself; his wife, Neni; and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty - and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay...

  • By LuckyLindsi83 on 09-09-16

Excellent choice Oprah!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Excellent story Not the ending I expected. Characters showed many different viewpoints and many ways to achieve success in life.

  • The Jealous Kind

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

On its surface, life in Houston in the 1950s is as you'd expect: stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Broussard's feet. There's a class war between the "haves" and the "have-nots" as well as a real war, Korea, happening on the other side of the world. It is against this backdrop that Aaron comes of age, trying to understand how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what "traditional America" means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging , well written book , but.....

  • By antonio on 09-12-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

A great story by my favorite author.
Well read and Love the language. Highly recommend.

  • Undocumented

  • A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
  • By: Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  • Narrated by: Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el's father returned home. But Dan-el's courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons. Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit. It also is the perfect cri de coeur for the debate on comprehensive immigration reform.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • this genuine memoir kept my interest

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

I recommend especially during this time when so many are concerned about new immigrants in America.
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