• Elbert: The Uncaged Mind

  • The Black Series, Book 2
  • By: Joan Vassar
  • Narrated by: Jakobi Diem
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (444 ratings)

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Elbert: The Uncaged Mind

By: Joan Vassar
Narrated by: Jakobi Diem
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Canada, 1860: While on a mission for Black, Elbert notices the lovely Anna Baker for the first time. Unable to think of much else, he leaves Canada to pursue the beauty who has captured his thoughts.

Anna is unnerved by the man with the lifeless eyes, who is relentless and forward in his approach. She offers nothing of herself to the intimidating stranger, but fate has a different plan.

When Anna is assaulted by slave catchers on the streets of Boston, Elbert finds his manhood tested to the limit. He steps in to help, but the consequences prove devastating, and both are sold into bondage. As Anna learns the horrors of slavery, she comes to understand there is more to the foreboding stranger than meets the eye.

Elbert and Anna manage to escape - with the help of the legendary Black. But freedom is not enough to satisfy Elbert’s bruised ego. He wants the pound of flesh owed, and he will stop at nothing to collect.

The Uncaged Mind is a passionate story of love and healing despite the ugly backdrop of slavery.

Native New Yorker Joan Vassar is an avid storyteller who enjoys weaving a great tale.

©2016 Joan Vassar (P)2020 Joan Vassar

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  • 02-19-21

Must read

riveting and colorful. richl and bold. narration flawless and compelling. this is a must read. well done!

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Elbert

I didn't particularly care for Elbert after book 1. But book 2 showed him in a different light. It was also nice to get to know so many other characters. This entire series is captivating and gets better with each subsequent book. I would highly recommend. The storyline was captivating and the narration was Impeccable.

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Solid follow up to the first book of the series!

I did like the first book better. Still, some of the characters of the first book are back in this one! Be prepared for hard topics like slavery, brutality, and sensual love scenes. Jacobi Diem is one of my favorite narrators. His narration is very high quality and exquisitely done!

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WORTH EVERY SECOND OF LISTENING!

There are a handful of books I’ve read this year that I would place at the top of my all time favorites list and this book is one of them! I enjoyed “Black”, the 1st book in this series, but Elbert took it to another level. I wasn’t even a fan of historical fiction, or atleast I didn’t think i was. However, the story this author tells is so good that you become completely immersed in it. This book is full of characters you love and you become wrapped up in their stories. To briefly describe this book, Elbert comes across a woman he’s enamored with named Anna. While they are out enjoying a regular day, they are both kidnapped and sold to a plantation. They are rescued but the events that come after keep you enthralled when Elbert wants revenge. I highly recommend this story if you’re looking for a good read. The narrator, Jakobi Diem also does a stellar job conveying these characters. I’ll definitely be recommending this to all my friends and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series! Joan Vassar Is becoming one of my favorite authors. Thank You for such a great book!

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So good!!!

The different twists in the book had me screaming with excitement - the intimate encounters between the couples were basically the same (soft porn) and almost boring.

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Excellent

Excellent.. loved everything about the book! I really had a problem with Elbert in Book 1, but he has redeemed himself! Off to book 3…

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Uncaged my view of historical fiction!

This Black Series is everything. 💜Joan Vassar is an amazingly gifted story teller. 🙌🏽 The historical context, the details, character descriptions and characteristics and the storyline captures your imagination, heart, and soul. 👏🏽

Elbert big, bold, and lethal...wrestling with guilt and brokenness but finds his way to his heart 💜 A woman who shows him that he is worthy of love. Anna and Elbert did not disappoint with their harrowing escape from danger and death...(spoiler) neither would have survived being captured.

Black and his men continue their crusade to freedom and prosperity and offering it to anyone willing to board the Underground Railroad 🛤

Jakobi Diem’s stellar performance is the icing on the cake for this delicious recipe of life on the Frontier.

My rating: 🔥⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥
Is not fair 5 stars is not enough for this series!!!

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Absolutely, Beyond a Doubt, Wonderful

.. And Jakobi made it even better. I cannot begin to tell you the emotions you will experience once you decide to read this book and the entire series. You must begin with Black and then experience the journey with Elbert and then like me you will definitely step into the joy that is James!!!
Joan Vassar did such a wonderful retelling and for me even if the story did not go like this I want it to have gone like this. The tribulations of the Black man and woman is heart-rending, but the immense strength of who we are builds us up even more.
I truly and totally enjoyed this one, and I am glad I didn't gobble it down in one bite but that I took my time and savoured it. I am now wondering after James, what will I do. Vassar better be somewhere writing other stuff for us to read!
This was intense and beautifully written and will leave you with a lot of feels, but a sense of proudness will prevail. Proud to be black and proud that black love is AMAZING!

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