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  • The Company We Keep

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Patricia Floyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

The Company We Keep follows successful record executive Teri Stewart as she scours L.A. for love. Just when she's ready to give up on men altogether, into her life strolls charming DJ Harrison Starr. He's got it going on - obviously - but he's also hiding a dark secret that could destroy their budding romance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Monroe has great books but this book is awful

  • By ernest on 04-25-19

Wasn't her best

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I almost didn't finish this one, but I was already a few hours in and wanted to know how it ended. This was a slow and anti climactic read. The description was slightly misleading and more interesting than the story itself. Not terrible, but a disappointment coming from this author. I gave it 3 stars because the characters are likable and the narrator did a great job as always.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,442

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

  • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

Good book, the narration made it great

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

This book was Kevin Hart having a conversation with his fans... replaying his journey, what he learned along the way, and why he moves the way he does. It is a good, solid, thorough book that made me think about my own life and the areas I can improve.

  • The Book of Night Women

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680

The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twenty stars

  • By Denise on 09-21-10

5 stars

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Night Women to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but the narration was outstanding. She conveyed the personalities and emotions very well, and the accents and patois were on the money.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters had depth to them and the story was well thought out and perfectly paced. Historical books sometimes tend to be slow, but the author pulled it off perfectly.

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

I had hope for some of the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saint Monkey

  • A Novel
  • By: Jacinda Townsend
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Fourteen-year-old Audrey Martin, with her Poindexter glasses and her head humming the 3/4 meter of gospel music, knows she'll never get out of Kentucky - but when her fingers touch the piano keys, the whole church trembles. Her best friend, Caroline, daydreams about Hollywood stardom, but both girls feel destined to languish in a slow-moving stopover town in Montgomery County. That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this book, but....

  • By Larena on 08-26-14

I wanted to like this book, but....

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

What disappointed you about Saint Monkey?

This book was more or less like listening to two strangers talk to you about other strangers for 12 hours. The story-telling aspect missed the mark for me. I expected much more excitement. The story would go on and on about the most mundane things. Even the dramatic scenes were pretty lackluster.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jacinda Townsend again?

I'm not sure.... I may give her another chance.

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

She did a good job acting out the story and bringing out each character's unique personality.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the characters. The author did an excellent job highlighting their internal conflicts, dreams, and insecurities. Also, it was well written. Perhaps I may have liked this book more if I read the print version instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prada Plan 4

  • Love & War
  • By: Ashley Antoinette
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

The feud between YaYa and Leah has ruined the lives of everyone around them. In The Prada Plan 4, the animosity is alive, and the resentments run deeper than ever. Indie has watched YaYa's past destroy the woman he once knew, and his patience has run thin. After being left at the altar, he is heartbroken and confused. His quests to save YaYa from herself have failed, and he finally decides it's time to let the love of his life go. Her thirst for blood is unquenchable, and like a black hole she sucks the life out of everything around her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why switch narrators?

  • By tia on 11-13-17

Perfect ending to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-13-14

What did you like best about this story?

Ashley Antoinette didn't drag the story line from the first three books on until we got bored with it. I loved that. This book could have stood on it's own really. I liked how i had to second guess how i felt about each character. I couldnt decide if i liked or hated them. Also, I loved this stronger, determined Yaya.

Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?

Ethic

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

When two opposing sides put aside their differences to save a common love.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Family of Lies

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the 16-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!!!!

  • By kemba on 06-12-14

I didn't expect any less from Mary Monroe

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

Reviewed: 07-13-14

What made the experience of listening to Family of Lies the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed how the story unraveled. There were touches of foreshadowing here and there that gave the story a hint of suspense. The characters were very human...sometimes even comical.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

  • A Novel
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore". But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you Debbie!

  • By N. Bradley on 12-30-14

Worth reading at least once

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

Reviewed: 06-21-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I like action in my books, but in this case, too much would have taken the heart out of the story, so no.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I can't say what I expected, but I wasn't blown away. Just ok.

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

She was outstanding. She made me sympathize with Debbie. She brought out her strength and vulnerability at the same time.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Hmmmm...I'd watch it on Netflix.

Any additional comments?

This book has some action, but not much. It's a moderately paced book mostly about Debbie's internal turmoil and personal growth. Overall, it was a solid book. Worth at least one read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Baltimore Chronicles

  • Volumes 1 - 4
  • By: Treasure Hernandez
  • Narrated by: Jules Williamson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

From the same author that brought you the Flint series, comes a new town...a new drama. Treasure Hernandez is back with her second street series chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market. Derek Fuller is the head detective of the Baltimore Narcotics Division. His team has been assigned to take down the biggest drug operation in the city. There's only one problem...the head of the operation is his twin brother, Scar Johnson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 thumbs up

  • By Larena on 04-10-14

2 thumbs up

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

Would you listen to The Baltimore Chronicles again? Why?

Absolutely. Great plot, interesting characters, nicely paced.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. This book was unpedictable without being unrealistic. You want to know what's going to happen to the characters in the end, but the journey there pulls the reader in.

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

He did an awesome job bringing out each character's distinct personality. He didn't just read, he performed.

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

Yes! All 18 hours if I could have.

Any additional comments?

I was hesitant when I didn't see any reviews but Im glad I checked this out. This should be on TV. Really enjoyed this read.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Hustler's Daughter

  • By: Pinky Dior
  • Narrated by: Hillary Hawkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

When Don Carter flies to Santiago de Cuba, his plans are to rendezvous with his new connect, Vicente. He never expected to meet the beautiful and vestal virgin Maria - Vicente's daughter. It was love at first sight, Don and Maria unite romantically, the ultimate betrayal and disrespect to Vicente. A love child Mercedes is born. Mercedes lives the good life until old wounds are rehashed in the form of an informant. The Carter family is under attack. Will Mercedes find out who's behind all of the havoc before it's too late?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is a book for younger readers

  • By Dream on 05-01-14

Enjoyed this listen

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

Reviewed: 04-04-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chino.... He was sweet, loyal, protective, and he had style.

What about Hillary Hawkins’s performance did you like?

I liked how she would match the pace and intensity of her narration based on what was happening. During scenes of action, her voice reflected the excitement and helped to give a better visual.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Price of a father's sins

Any additional comments?

This book was good all of the way through. Most of the characters were likable and you care what is happening with them. There was a good bit of action, and I never questioned the realism while listening. Good book. This would be a great book for Noir fans. I'm looking forward to part 2.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Keeping Secrets

  • By: Niobia Bryant
  • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Monica, a CEO with celebrity clients, loves her life. But when her man loses his high-powered corporate job and pressures her to start a family, Monica finds herself involved with a client who wants to mix business with pleasure - or else…Successful author Keesha is blowing through her money - and cheating on her fiancé. When her new friend, Jeremiah, discovers her deception, Keesha stands to lose everything....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This One is Not Worth It!!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-27-14

Not too shabby

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

What made the experience of listening to Never Keeping Secrets the most enjoyable?

Patricia Floyd did her thing. In fact, I believe her narration enhanced the story. She gave the characters personalities. The bookwas also interesting on it's own.

Would you be willing to try another book from Niobia Bryant? Why or why not?

Yes. The characters were relatable and the story flowed very well. I hope this book has a sequel in the making.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say much without giving anything away, but it would be last scene between one of the ladies and her man. He shows up at her house unexpectedly. It was touching.

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

Definitely. I needed answers.

Any additional comments?

When the big reveal was made, I found it to be a bit unrealistic, but this IS fiction. This is a story that most will enjoy.