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Publisher's Summary

Franklin is a construction worker who says he's tired of women and their demands. Zora is a struggling singer who also claims to have lost interest in romance. But when these hard-shelled survivors cross paths, the outcome is electric and perplexing. Beyond the joy of sex, Franklin and Zora see the possibility of a solid, lasting relationship; the trouble is, they're far from sure of how to get there.

Disappearing Acts is a different kind of love story: frank and unsentimental, often uproariously funny, and graced throughout with moments of rare, hard-earned wisdom.

©1989 Terry McMillan (P)1993 Penguin HighBridge Audio

Critic Reviews

"If Ntozake Shange, Jane Austen, and Danielle Steel collaborated on a novel of manners, [Disappearing Acts] might be the result." (New Yorker)

"A down-to-earth portrayal of love, yearning, and self-preservation...brimming with energy and the hard facts of life." (Kansas City Star)

"A funny, earthy novel...ribaldly realistic. [Speaks] across class and color lines." (New York Newsday)

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Great Story -Terrible Narration by Terry McMillian

Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks ?

Absolutely not. Not if Terry McMillan is the narrator. I love her stories, but I don't want to hear her speak. She does not represent Zora well AT ALL. I want to emphasize how much I was displeased by this audiobook by stressing that this is my first review of a book on audible.com EVER. That's how strongly I disliked hearing her voice. I had to stop midway through.

What did you like best about this story?

I've always like how the chapters switch off from Franklin to Zora. You get an account/perspective of the same situation from two separate characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terry McMillan's voice is too brash and aggressive. She gives too much attitude to Zora's character. Also, it seemed that only on Zora's part do I hear Terry McMillan moving and shifting around. I LOVE Disappearing Acts and have read it a million times in paperback and was hoping to be more drawn in by the voices and characters by hearing it through an audiobook. But Terry was the wrong choice as narrator. Franklin was fine. Strong yet vulnerable. I suppose I'll just rent the movie if I want to observe Franklin and Zora's interactions on another level.

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

The male character Franklin was fine. And he made sure to keep still and not shift around during his recording.

Any additional comments?

If you ever get Terry McMillian's 'Mama' on audible.com, PLEASE be sure that the author doesn't narrate this time. I'm sure Alfre Woodard or someone else is available.e

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I wish it was unabridged

So much was left out. I wish the story was unabridged. The story felt rushed.

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favorite book

Terry McMillan definitely doesn't need to narrate. she has a monotone dead voice with no life. However the book is my favorite novel. definitely should read the book bc the abridged version gives it no Justice just like the movie.

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Disappointed

The story has been shortened, and I am very disappointed! I've read the book multiple times, watched the movie repeatedly, and there is more to the story than this!

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Great book

Good story & I enjoyed the Narration from a man's & women's perspective. Great listening while I work.

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LOVED IT!!!

Where does Disappearing Acts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read this book years ago when I was a teen and fell in love with it then. Now I am back over 20 years later and this book is still one of my favorites. I love the point of view of each character and the conversational tone of each narrator. I love Zora and Franklin.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Disappearing Acts?

I love when they first met.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene when they first professed their love for one another.

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

Yes I laughed and cried during this book.

Any additional comments?

Great narration.

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Great Read

Terry McMillan never disappoints.
I love this book, and I also love the movie adaptation. For me, Wesley Snipes will always be the sexy “Franklin”!

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Wow!

...it brought back the movie ...the moments

He's the guy you hate to love, and love to hate. Ms. McMillan's and Mr. Brooks' reading was very good. I guess I thought of times when stories on the radio were told with sound effects (War of the Worlds, 🤣) and almost expected that. Suffice it to say, this is the first audiobook in my collection that I actually found/took/made time to listen to! I usually put books on my Kindle and read them. What I did especially appreciate is that it makes one really develop the imagination. Having seen the movie "back in the day" (and actually lived the story), I found it easy to envision the settings, feel the emotions, and enjoy the anticipation of every "next scene". They're simply reading the book, but they're also telling a story. They make it relatable and very easy to identify with the characters on emotional as well as psychological levels! I enjoyed the reading, and appreciate that I was able to do so without eye strain! 🥰💖👍

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Real and relatable

Great voices and personality in the characters. kept it real. loved that. Did not like the ending but had forgotten about the title. Couldnt wait patiently to see what would happen next. such a rollercoaster ride but loved it.

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Great

LOVED it all narrator was a great story teller and I felt like I was part of the story.