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Just Above My Head

Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni's Room, and to the political fire that inflames his nonfiction work.

Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Montana and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses - and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land.

©1978, 1979 James Baldwin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lithonia, Gabon
  • 12-02-18

Wonderful poignant story

The story of Arthur Montana is heartbreaking because of the world in which he finds himself, a world that rejects his black and gay self. Baldwin is a master at revealing the workings of the human heart. As a gospel singer, Arthur travels the world and no where does he face hatred and violence such as that confronted in the Deep South, the Bible Belt.
Baldwin’s love scenes are explicit and not for the faint of heart.
I read the novel back in the 70s but enjoyed listening to it EXCEPT when the reader tried to imitate a woman’s voice . His rendition was excruciating. Why not have an actual woman read those parts ?

41 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Riveting love story and the evolution of self.

I think this love story really spoke to self awareness. The homosexuality peace was almost just a backdrop. James Baldwin's Vivid accounting made you feel like you were there in Harlem or Paris

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Novel & Performance: AMAZING

Both Performance and Novel are stunning. Author's genius is complemented to perfection by reader's impressive talent. Bravo

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Excellent

This is the best book on Audible. And trust me I have listened to close to 1,000 and I hardly ever review.

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Riveting!<br />

Everything about this book was relevant to contemporary times. James Baldwin's storytelling is beautiful and rich. The actor was amazing as well.

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Excellent !

This is a brilliant book written by a gifted artist! James Baldwin is inspirational to me.

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Fantastic! Love Kevin Kenerlys voice!

I have always been a fan of James Baldwin. Loved this storyline very much. Thanks

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I am not sure book critic but

Zero story line. A book of adjectives. I can not finish and that is very unlike me. . When I pay for a book I do my best to get through it. I truly dislike giving poor ratings.

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Excellent!!!

Not what I expected....but so much more!
The narrator was excellent. His performance was flawless.

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  • Glenn
  • Blacksburg, SC, United States
  • 02-13-19

THIS BOOK IS PURE TRASH!!

my brain is full of words I can't forget. trash,,ugly book!! you should have read it before you printed it!

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