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Publisher's Summary

During the 1970s, Verdi’s relationship with street-smart Johnson leads her to heroin and the brink of destruction. Rescued by a conservative professor willing to give up everything for her, she lives a quiet, comfortable life for 20 years--until Johnson returns to re-ignite old passions. Pulled uncontrollably toward the reckless appetites of her youth, Verdi struggles to understand her desires and to decide where she wants life to take her next. Best-selling author Diane McKinney-Whetstone fills this lush, lyrical novel with the steamy intensity of great jazz music. Myra Lucretia Taylor adds a rich, rhythmic voice to Verdi’s dangerous, intoxicating, and utterly unforgettable dance of self-discovery.

©1999 Diane McKinney-Whetstone (P)2001 Recorded Books

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Infatuation to struggle to Love

This was a very good book. It was difficult seeing characters that have captured your heart go down such a destructive way path, but what a brilliant path. Ms. McKinney-Whetstone did an amazing job of getting into the head of young drug addicts. It felt very real, and thus, very heartbreaking. The main protagonist, Verdi, was almost a little too naive -both as a nineteen year old and a forty year old - which was a little infuriating, but the story was still well told. The love that Verdi and Johnson had was palpable and almost tangible. I also loved the affection that Verdi’s aunt and cousin had for both Johnson and Verdi. Johnson sitting on Bug’s couch and slipping deeper into the drug hole nearly broke me. So very well done. And as always, Ms. Taylor’s narration was off the hook. Bravo.

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Entertaining

Where does Blues Dancing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best nor the worse. Different, interesting...

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

Pretty riviting, i liked the fact that i could not predict evrything that was going to happen. I am a romantic, so I liked the fact that true love prevailed!

What about Myra Lucretia Taylor’s performance did you like?

Her inflections and vocal variety assisted in the level of entertainment.

Who was the most memorable character of Blues Dancing and why?

Verdi, because of her turmoil and how she dealt with it all and overcame.

Any additional comments?

A different kind of book, varying elements, well written.

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Amazing!!

This book was amazing!!! The storyline and writing style were superb. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an excellent read.

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Moving....enough said!

This story was absolutely moving. So illustrating... illuminating.....reaching the dark places and allowed room for reflection and revelation. Great building of each and every character. So many stars to celebrate. Awesome read!

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The book was a warm read..Felt like something was missing. I will listen/read to more of this Author's work

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A powerful love story

I loved it. The story was so moving and full. And the storytelling made the story even richer. I love a book that leaves you feeling like you personally know each character.

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Loved this book, very relatable on so many levels in regards to finding your strength and growing up and most of all LOVE, narrator was on point.

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Wonderfully written. My heart was exposed on every line.

I worried for the characters. It took me back to my college years (minus the drug use in the book). We all know a person like those characters. You loved them all by the end with their flaws and all.

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Highly Recommended & will keep you engaged.

I could not put the book down and the characters come to life as you feel their pain and want them to win in the end. I was pleased with the outcome of the book.

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One of my fav books!!!

The details, vivid descriptions of love and emotions is stunning!! One of the most insightful and lovely books I've ever read!