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Living in St. Jude, a 110-year-old dying city on the edge of the Mississippi, is tough. But when a letter informs 14-year-old Cinque Williams of the passing of the father he never met, he is faced with an incomplete past and an uncertain future. A curse meant for his father condemns Cinque to a slow death even as it opens his eyes to the strange otherworld around him. With help from the ghost Willy T, an enigmatic White Woman named Iku, an African Loa, and a devious shape-shifter, Cinque gathers the tools to confront the ghost of his dead father. But he will learn that sometimes too much knowledge can be dangerous - and the people he trusts most are those poised to betray him.

©2011 Tone Milazzo (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Ok for the price

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. It gave me a look into a different culture's mythologies.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was ok. The author could have taken it out a little further. There were some questions left unanswered.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brandon Massey?

I don't know, since I am new to audio books.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, the narrator was very good while "in character". However, when reading the general parts of the book, he sounded like a middle school student who was uncomfortable reading aloud to the rest of the class.

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  • Natalie
  • CANTON, MI, United States
  • 01-07-14

Not what I expected

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I bought this book because it received 5 stars form everyone else that rated it, but I hated it, and listened to it on FF so I could get through it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tone Milazzo again?

Probably not

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First time I couldn't finish

Would you ever listen to anything by Tone Milazzo again?

Doubt it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very flat. I had just finished listening to "Mother Night", which had the best narrative performance so far, so perhaps my expectations were high.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

First time I've contemplated a refund.

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  • JC
  • 11-09-15

Racist, and written for YA.... Just sad.

Racist, and written for YA.... Just sad. I tried. I kept hoping it would get better. Really just broke my heart that the target audience is children.

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