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Here Comes the Sun

A Novel
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (538 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas.

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman - fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves - must confront long-hidden scars.

From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

©2016 Nicole Dennis-Benn (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Wow!!!

Oftentimes the best way to tell the truth is through fiction. There are many truths about the real Jamaica in this brilliantly written novel. I couldn't put this book down and bought both the eBook and the Audiobook to ensure continuity. Like many audiobooks narrated by non-Jamaicans, the narrator stumbled on a quite a few nuanced pronunciations that provided context to the story. The narration was otherwise quite good. The publishers and authors should insist on giving their works an authentic accent going forward as other Jamaican audiobooks are similarly flawed. Overall a fascinating story and a great read read.

41 of 41 people found this review helpful

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Great story...accent could be better

As a native Jamaican, I found the accent to be off with the narrator. This really bothered me initially and I had to set those thoughts aside to enjoy what was a great story. There were specific examples of emphasis on certain syllables not being as "sharp" as needed. Jamaican Patois is not as soft as other West Indian dialects.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Meh!

The story is an interesting one. As a Jamaican and a dark skin Jamaican I can relate to the colorism and color-prejudice of Jamaicans. So this story is a bit relatable. The author does a decent job of allowing her audience to connect with the characters a little but not enough. Maybe my connection wasn't there because I'm a man and this book was written from a female perspective but a writer is a writer and their job is to make the audience connect with the characters.

As far as the story, I think it as good. Not the worst I have read. It had its interesting parts. I just didn't like the transitions of the chapters and the left hanging feeing I was left with after each section. The deeper I got into the book the less connections
I had Worth he characters. I understand the author cannot tell everyone's story but the wrap up for each character seems so much like an after thought. Not sure if it was done on purpose or through editing but sometimes you can edit your book so much that it looses it luster.

I liked this book but I don't love this book. It did nothing for me. I bought it so my wife, whom is not Jamaican, could actually read someone a bit more realistic and understand what some women face in Jamaica and by extension the men as well.

I don't hate this book and will read another from the author. I think this author is probably growing and developing. I will chalk. This one up as one of her books on her way to a great novel. This one though left me feeling a bit, Meh...

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Good book...decent story

As a Jamaican, I was excited to listen to this book. The struggles, the politics I can understand and in some ways relate to. However, I felt that too much time was spent developing the story only for it to end so abruptly. I thought more would happen. Also, the narration was pretty bad. I understand the need to reach a wide audience but the narrator's mispronunciations were insufferable. Robin Miles would have made for more convincing narration.

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This was a most informative

This was a most informative and entertaining read. It brought to light undergirding truths that enlightens as well as unsettles. I look forward to reading d learning more from this author.

In regards to the narrator, the talent and passion for the craft ring through as she brings voice to the weaving tale. Still, some most important words and terms were mispronounced. As a Jamacian listener, I am left wondering if there might not have been a native narrator that might have been more authentic to the characters’ voice.

...just a point I felt compelled to relay.

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I feel empty...

Now that this book is finished! It is a very raw and uncensored image of post colonial Jamaica. There are so many layers to this story and the characters; I never knew what would happen next. Great read! Very well read by Bahni as well

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not bad storyline but too much sex

is all the sexual detail necessary? maybe. it does cover a variety of sexual issues faced by poor and struggling women in jamaica. it is not about sex and love but about sex and survival for most of the story. love peeks in but is overwhelmed by the commodity sex can become when that is the fastest or only way out for a woman trying to survive in a man's world, and in a world of judgment that squelches true love.

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Absolutely Splendid!

The author did a great job! The story was well written and mirrors the reality of the exploitation of women in the tiny paradise called Jamaica. Poverty and need brings desperation. I am patient awaiting part 2.

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More!

Awesome narration! Good story. I wanted MORE!! I don't know what will keep me as satisfied as this book!

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Good plot, great characters, excellent narrator

And in that order :) I enjoyed this book. Excellent character development. I really became attached to their stories, so the plot had me at the edge of my seat lol. It was a little outside of my typical genre, and at first I was afraid I had stumbled into an "urban romance" type book, but I was mistaken. Although the author is not as "poetic" as my go-to authors, her style is a perfect match for the characters and their interwoven plots- sometimes lyrical, sometimes edgy, at times flamboyant, but with a sense of restraint. This book is worth a read, and I will be reading it again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful