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  • John Crow’s Devil

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Novelist Marlon James had his first book nominated as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and his second book named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. In this, his third novel, a failing preacher in 1957 Jamaica is ousted by a fiery newcomer who sends the congregation into a frenzy of spiritual awakening—and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Culturally Suspenseful

  • By Valandra on 01-11-15

Happy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-19

It low start but the book was beautiful! The performance was excellent! I loved it

  • Here Comes the Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!

  • By FirstLowell on 09-03-16

Absolutely Splendid!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

The author did a great job! The story was well written and mirrors the reality of the exploitation of women in the tiny paradise called Jamaica. Poverty and need brings desperation. I am patient awaiting part 2.

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

exceptional! beyond anything I've ever experienced

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I really wished this experience didn't have to come to an end. This author blew me away, completely I must say! I would get to the next chapter and think this can't top the previous one and I was wrong each time. The skill and talent exemplified by this author is beyond exceptional. The book read like a collection of short stories....but they were all connected. I am patiently waiting for her next book. Akwaba!

  • Secret Slave

  • By: Anna Ruston
  • Narrated by: Faye Adele
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade. Held captive by a sadistic pedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies.... each one stolen away from Anna at birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thirteen years in hell

  • By Juanita on 04-15-19

If you can get through the very graphic abuse

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

After the first chapter, I turned the volume down each time the main character was being raped or abused. It was too much for me. I can't understand how anyone can be so cruel and it made me very angry.
This story captures the tragic life of a vulnerable young girl who is abducted by a sadistic predator who preys on her because she is alone. Being a mere child, she does everything in order to survive and nothing to escape while given many chances. No matter what she endures, rapes, abuse, being a baby making factory . After 13 years she finally escapes, burdened for her it seems, with the trauma of what happened to her.

  • You Can't Touch My Hair

  • And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
  • By: Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams - foreword
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson, John Hodgman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: She's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend", as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn't that...white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. The. Time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phoebe, You Rock

  • By Kate on 12-02-16

Super Talented Pheobe Robinson

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

This book was intellectual, humorous, honest, and entertaining. I has so many LOL moments. I'm hoping for a sequel