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What happens to the children the world throws away? They become animals.

Tayshawn Torres is a child born in the slums and cursed by the sins of his parents. His mother is a notorious drug addict and whore who's more concerned with getting her next high than she is with Tayshawn's well-being. His stepfather hates him so much, he literally treats him like an animal, forcing him to sleep in a cage and scavenge for scraps of food wherever he can find them. Because of his squalid appearance, he is also an object of ridicule by all of the neighborhood kids, who have given him a nickname: Animal.

The only person ever to show him even the slightest bit of kindness is his older brother, Justice. And when Justice is taken from his life, Tayshawn finds himself alone in the streets. His guardian angel gone, he is now at the mercy of the world from which his brother tried to protect him. Tayshawn quickly learns that if he is to survive the jungle, he will have to adapt. Love and companionship constantly elude him, but death and heartache cling to him like a second skin. Gradually the layers of the frightened child he had once been are stripped away until there is nothing left--nothing but Animal.

©2014 Black Dawn Publishing (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

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  • Almond KD
  • Arlington, TX, United States
  • 06-23-15

Love all of KWAN books

This too like all the other animal books were great ! Looks like I read them out of order though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Beginning

Loved it! This book explained how it all began....Animal!!!! Awesome book - series, keeps you listening.

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This book is so live!!

I thought it was a very good book. I had to get use to the narrator but after that I have nothing but positive things to say. On to Animal 2....

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Great book made me restart the whole series

Great book made me restart the whole series cant wait for the next book in the series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

Kwan, you did it again, please keep up with the good writing on your work and God Bless and Keep you!!!

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great from start to finish!!!

Now all the pieces fit together!!! love animal story... kept me intrigued, and emotionally involved! wish thr were more to read...

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  • Monique
  • Radcliff, KY, United States
  • 02-25-15

Fan of K'WAN

Where does Ghetto Bastard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in my top 20.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how it takes you back so you can see where Animal got his name and why he is the way he is.

Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?

I LOVE Cary Hite's narrations he does and excellent job as all the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I believe I finished it in a day or two.

Any additional comments?

Really good book, I enjoyed it.

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

I was glad to hear how Animal became Animal. It was a much needed background story & I am forever in live with Animal as I now feel as though I know him inside & out. Cary Hite did a fantastic job, as usual, drawing me into the story.

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Ghetto Bastard

I would read😅 this book to more times.I enjoyed a lot u should read iy

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  • 11-04-17

CAPTIVATING... I NEED MORE!!!!!

WELL WRITTEN AND WELL NARRATED!!! AWESOME!!!!! THIS SERIES IS AMAZINGLY CAPTIVATING!!! BRAVO!!! I AM STUCK ON THIS!!!!