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Franklin is a construction worker who says he's tired of women and their demands. Zora is a struggling singer who also claims to have lost interest in romance. But when these hard-shelled survivors cross paths, the outcome is electric and perplexing. Beyond the joy of sex, Franklin and Zora see the possibility of a solid, lasting relationship; the trouble is, they're far from sure of how to get there.

Disappearing Acts is a different kind of love story: frank and unsentimental, often uproariously funny, and graced throughout with moments of rare, hard-earned wisdom.

©1989 Terry McMillan; (P)1993 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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Great book

Good story & I enjoyed the Narration from a man's & women's perspective. Great listening while I work.

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  • Felicia
  • Maricopa, AZ, United States
  • 12-05-13

Great Story -Terrible Narration by Terry McMillian

Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks ?

Absolutely not. Not if Terry McMillan is the narrator. I love her stories, but I don't want to hear her speak. She does not represent Zora well AT ALL. I want to emphasize how much I was displeased by this audiobook by stressing that this is my first review of a book on audible.com EVER. That's how strongly I disliked hearing her voice. I had to stop midway through.

What did you like best about this story?

I've always like how the chapters switch off from Franklin to Zora. You get an account/perspective of the same situation from two separate characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terry McMillan's voice is too brash and aggressive. She gives too much attitude to Zora's character. Also, it seemed that only on Zora's part do I hear Terry McMillan moving and shifting around. I LOVE Disappearing Acts and have read it a million times in paperback and was hoping to be more drawn in by the voices and characters by hearing it through an audiobook. But Terry was the wrong choice as narrator. Franklin was fine. Strong yet vulnerable. I suppose I'll just rent the movie if I want to observe Franklin and Zora's interactions on another level.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The male character Franklin was fine. And he made sure to keep still and not shift around during his recording.

Any additional comments?

If you ever get Terry McMillian's 'Mama' on audible.com, PLEASE be sure that the author doesn't narrate this time. I'm sure Alfre Woodard or someone else is available.e

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  • Tamara
  • WICHITA, KANSAS, United States
  • 10-11-17

Disappointed

The story has been shortened, and I am very disappointed! I've read the book multiple times, watched the movie repeatedly, and there is more to the story than this!

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listening to my grandmother

I normally dont get into this type of book a talked me into it. the story was decent but the female character sounded like I was listening to my grandmother. GROSS!!

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I wish it was unabridged

So much was left out. I wish the story was unabridged. The story felt rushed.

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Uhhhhh

This book was kinda redundant and it was the longest 2 hours (or however long it was) EVER! The story wasn't developed. I guess I'm used to Eric Jerome Dickey and Carl Weber. The narrator was annoying. I mean it wasn't horrible but not good as I thought it would be.

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You can't help who you love

I love this book just like all of Terry Mcmillian books.Franklin finally got it together.Was the highlight for me.

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Avery Brooks was awesome.

One of my favorites by T. McMillan. I love this couple because the seems so authentic . there is very little humor in this novel but the story is so real that you have to laugh out loud at some of the irony. McMillan does an admirable job of laying out a black male's reasoning. at least I felt empathy for the brother.

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  • BEEJAXX
  • Absecon, NJ, United States
  • 10-22-14

LOVED IT!!!

Where does Disappearing Acts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read this book years ago when I was a teen and fell in love with it then. Now I am back over 20 years later and this book is still one of my favorites. I love the point of view of each character and the conversational tone of each narrator. I love Zora and Franklin.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Disappearing Acts?

I love when they first met.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene when they first professed their love for one another.

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

Yes I laughed and cried during this book.

Any additional comments?

Great narration.

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  • Carol
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-11-12

I love this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Disappearing Acts to be better than the print version?

No. My learning style prefers audio book over reading. This is a personal preference. Terry McMillian and Avery Brooks are phenominal readers. I am so happy I chose to buy this book. I will definitely listen again and again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Disappearing Acts?

The idea of loving someones true beauty and strength despite their faults, resonated for me in this story.

What does Terry McMillan and Avery Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Talent!!!! you just need to hear them talk.

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

I laughed a lot and cried real tears.

Any additional comments?

This book is a must listen!!!!!