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A Rage in Harlem Audiobook

A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

Himes, described by The Sunday Times as “the greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler”, was no stranger to the world of crime: in his late teens and early 20s, he served 7 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery, the confession to which was beaten out of him by the police. He delivers the tale of his hopelessly naïve hero suddenly finding himself on the run from a hypocritical and far-from-heroic police force with lurid violence and brutal humor. There is no voice better than Mr. Jackson’s to narrate this hardboiled story of love and crime, set in a richly imagined, mid-20th century Harlem.

A Rage in Harlem is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.

©1957 Chester Himes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    D. Jones 07-17-14
    D. Jones 07-17-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story is complex enough to make you pay attention and light and entertaining enough to make you laugh now and then at the circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is completely outside my comfort zone and outside the familiar arena of my existence and by the end I felt like I had known all the characters all my life.


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Nobody, and I mean NO BODY, can shift gears as quickly as Samuel L. Jackson. From perfect standard English to dialect to drug addled, street smart, slurred speech, all three in the same paragraph! The man is riveting and entertaining. He is the voice of GOD one minute and the tiny voice of an old woman in the next. He is the voice of a hooker trying to get over followed by the righteous voice of an outraged god-fearing landlady. He puts EVERYTHING into his performance.


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

    Laughter...out loud laughter at the circumstances that our "hero" finds himself in. It is a genuine hoot!


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    Oz 06-28-14
    Oz 06-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration, boring story"

    I downloaded this book expecting to enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's narration. He did not disappoint. The range of expressions and voices really gave life to the story.

    Unfortunately, I found myself wishing the story would just end. That, to me, is the ultimate internal tell of whether or not a story is interesting. And this story was not. At least in my mind, the events folded just a bit too slowly, and the characters weren't that interesting.

    My recommendation is to skip this one.

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    ftmgal 04-26-14
    ftmgal 04-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Samuel L Jackson is the Best"

    1950s Harlem wouldn't be every body's cup of tea. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. The characters are so well described and the story, although farfetched and somewhat farcical, kept my interest. But mostly, it's the characters that are so interesting. Although there are a lot of them, I didn't have any trouble keeping track of who was who. Fair amount of violence, but quick and not terribly graphic. And you can't beat Jackson's voice.

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    Max Maryland 04-20-14
    Max Maryland 04-20-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Superb"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jackson is excellent. One of the best narrators I've heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I'm looking for more -- by Himes or narrated by Jackson.

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    Christopher Dallas, TX, United States 12-16-13
    Christopher Dallas, TX, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I came here for Samuel L Jackson."
    Where does A Rage in Harlem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't know that this book ranks all that high on the list of audiobooks Ive listened to, but its a solid piece of work


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jackson's brother. He had the most depth and range.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "The Blow" right at the beginning


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everyone else seems to know not to trust a high yellow woman.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book strictly because Samuel L Jackson was the narrator. Based on his performance, I would get any other book he narrated too.

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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 12-10-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "I am a little on the fence"

    I thought that Jackson did a fantastic job narrating but I feel like the story was a little weak. I appreciate what Himes did with this but I just didn't feel like the story was deep enough. I enjoyed the story but it felt a little juvenile.

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    TSB 09-10-12
    TSB 09-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable but the narration got in the way"

    I generally love Samuel L. Jackson as a narrator but for some reason I found this performance to be below par and a bit unclear in spots. The material was good and I'd still recommend the book.

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    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12
    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Fast Paced Thrill Ride"
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    I thought the book was exceptionally well narrated. S. Jackson really transmits the feeling of the place and the chaos of the life style. The charachters's different personalities are portrayed with caring detail. The story seems light and fast but the performance is well worth the effort. Well Done!

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    Arturo 05-22-12
    Arturo 05-22-12

    I drive an average of about 1.5 hours every day. Since 2009 I've been a huge Audible fan thanks to This Week in Tech (TWiT.tv)

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    "Exceptional performance by Samuel L Jackson"
    What did you love best about A Rage in Harlem?

    It's Samuel L Jackson, enough said. Good story, I'll be listening to the other Harlem books.


    Which character – as performed by Samuel L. Jackson – was your favorite?

    JACKSON!! and a close second was the old fella that owned the wagon.


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    Taufiq East Brunswick, NJ, United States 05-21-12
    Taufiq East Brunswick, NJ, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just okay"

    Wasn't too thrilled about this book. Samuel L. Jackson was good but the story wasn't right for me. It failed to capture my attention.

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