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Publisher's Summary

Sparky Sweets, PhD, and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series Thug Notes. In this audiobook you'll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of 16 of literature's most beloved classics, including: The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, The Color Purple, Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, and more!

Thug Notes has been featured on BET, PBS, and NPR and has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. Whether you're a student, teacher, or straight-up literary gangster like Dr. Sweets, Thug Notes has got you covered. You'll certainly never look at literature the same way again.

©2015 Sparky Sweets (P)2015 Random House Audio

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" Thug Notes is taking wonderful literature and making it understandable, embraceable and making it usable." (Tavis Smiley)

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Awesome performance!

This is one of the books that is a must-listen! Hilarious, insightful, educational, engaging and entertaining throughout! Greg Edwards does a phenomenal job! Looking forward to the next book by Dr. Sweets 😘 😉

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Best notes EVER!!!

Never has paraphrasing been so hilarious and informative. Where was this, when I was younger???
Great book.

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Love it!

Highly recommend it! It's fun, humorous and very educational. Greg Edwards / Sparky Sweets, PhD translates classical works into modern times without losing their meaning and message.

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Exelent, but lacks a conclusion.

The book was really fun to listen to but was missing a clear ending. it just dropped off. would be better if it had a summary/conclusion.

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An intelligent analysis of literature: FO' ERRBODY

Would you listen to Thug Notes again? Why?

It has been often said that those who truly know their subject matter can simply and clearly explain it to ANYONE. Sparky Sweets PhD is therefore a highly knowledgeable and learned authority of literature. Moreno than any other I've heard.
He can explain classical literature to anyone, keeping the listerner/reader engaged all the while, and he proves it in this book.

If I were a teacher in collegiat classic literature, I would present this to my class as a powerful learning aid. A wonderful perspective to aid in understanding the subject AND keep my class engaged while they read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously, the narrator was my favorite speaker. I eagerly await his next project!

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THIS

it's everything I hoped it would be: Brash, vulgar, hilarious, and brilliant. if you enjoy Sparky sweets five minute video reviews of great works of literature, you'll love his 20-plus minute discussions of some of those same works.

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great for any lit nerd, and anyone else really

As a librarian, I am very picky when it comes to book summaries and analysis. Thug Notes is something I have been following for years! Well worth the read/listen.

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Wonderfully Helpful.

Very interesting and clarifying in the case of literary works that are less easy to comprehend upon first reading. Still I abstained from from listening to the Crime and Punishment analysis since I haven't finished the book itself yet. The performance is great, feels as if I'm listening to a crazy long episode of thug notes. I only wish it could be longer and more detailed about each classic it covers, since sometimes it does feel like it was rushing through. Definitely worth the money, and I'm glad I didn't listen to the Crime and Punishment section yet since now I have more to look forward to!

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worth 2 credits

I thoroughly enjoyed everything in Thug Notes. I also can't wait for the sequel 2 Thugs 2 Notesiest!

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Worst Audible Book I’ve Listened To

Not that the content is awful, but it’s too sarcastic and the screaming “gangster” narrator is awful. A simple “Cliffs Notes” would have been fine. I didn’t even finish it.

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