The Choir Director

Series: The Choir Director, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

©2011 Carl Weber (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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Mega Church intrigue

This was laugh out loud ,heart breaking and serious .I was at the edge of my listening seat
Loved the narration style of several voices made this book come alive

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Good read, but a little far fetched at times

I really liked this book but at times I felt it was a little far fetched. I don't believe that a First Lady would do the things she did no matter her intentions. With regard to the ending, someone knows. I can't say too much so's not to give away the story. As always, the narrators did a great job. I really like Carl Weber, but I must say that some of his ideas get old since they are carried over from one book to another. Overall, it's worth the chip and does not disappoint if you like pure fiction.

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Off The Chain!

I absolutely love Carl Weber, this story has so many twist and turns I was shouting and laughing. In order to enjoy this book you would need to know about First Lady and Up to No Good to really enjoy this book since it pulls characters and story lines from both books. I can't wait for the next one!

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INTERESTING

This book held my interest but I think there were a few parts that were ridiculous and definitely not something I'd relate to black women. I don't think a Black christian woman and dedicated First Lady would sleep with a psychotic ex in order to keep her Minister husband out of jail. Real saints don't sell their soul to the Devil for foolishness. And it was definitely a bunch of foolishness going on. However, there were some good parts throughout the book as it did hold my interest.

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As the Negro Turns

Picture this. A soap opera with an all black cast in an all black world. Are you feeling me?

If you have read Carl Weber before then you know what this is all about. Pretty much the same things happen in each book. Usually it goes like this: Girls want man, girls sleep with man, girls get man, girl loses man, girl does stupid sh@@ to get man back, girl loses man to good girl.

This is my fifth Weber book, and I believe they all revolve around this church. These Christians do a lot of sleeping around. Sometimes it is funny, sometimes it is off the chain, lots of times it is just plain silly. One of the subplots I recognized from a 80's porn movie and the movie 300. Yes, back in the 70's and 80's porn had plots. This is not bad enough to be porn, but it comes very close.

To enjoy this throw your common sense out the window and dumb yourself down. I gave this three stars, probably cause this is my fifth Weber. The earlier books, I would have given four stars. That does not mean those books were better, just that I am no longer entertained as much by the same old Weber.

Carl, try writing Science Fiction. Send those beautiful black women into space and colonize some new planets. Try a Zombie book (It's the new craze). Just leave Queens and do something else. How about black pioneers in the wild west.

Anyways if you are lily white like me, you should at least read one Weber book, I really think you will like it. Oh, No you didn't, Oh yes I did.

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Church People Aren't Perfect...

...But these people are a little over the top, in my opinion. If you do not like graphic sex scenes I would not recommend this book. It contains at least 2 very vivid descriptions and lots of casual references about sexual acts throughout the story. If you can tolerate the sex, the rest of the story will contain enough drama to keep interest. This is the first audiobook I've listened to where I have actually talked back to the characters, so I guess that says something about how engaging the story was.

Please note that even though Audible does not identify this as part of the Church Series by Carl Weber, it is. I did not know this until after I purchased the audiobook, and I was so upset because I firmly believe that you have to start with book one, but I gave in and listened. I do not feel like I missed out on anything that might have happened in previous books.

Whether or not I will go back and listen to the rest of the series is undecided... we'll see.

There are characters to love, like Bishop T. K. Wilson and his wife. There are characters to HATE like Simone!!! And some that you start out hating, and then grow on you, like Aaron.

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A Darned Good Yarn

If you could sum up The Choir Director in three words, what would they be?

Fast, Funny, Naughty

What did you like best about this story?

The first thing one hears when listning to this book is something about it being written for an African American audience, and I'm as white as they come. The first thing I learned as I went forward was that this book is for everyone, and it offered me a glimpse into African American life in America without resorting to over-blown stereotypes.Add to that the fact that this book is really well written, and the storyline is tight, and you have all the ingredients for a darned good yarn, be you black, white, or blue!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a great job of differentiating each character with a voice all their own. I've no idea how people can keep track of such things when narrating, but this guy was superb.

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

Life in America

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EXCELLENT STORY TELLING

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would definitely recommend this listen. Its a great book doesn't disappoint keeps u interested and wanting more, Weber is one of my favorite's always good consistent writing.

What other book might you compare The Choir Director to and why?

None that I can think of at the moment.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They are great at bringing Weber's words to life

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

Yes, it made me hold my breath waiting to hear what was going to happen next.

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A GOOD STORY not realistic BUT A GREAT READ

What made the experience of listening to The Choir Director the most enjoyable?

The narrators

What did you like best about this story?

narrator

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes I have and this one is just as good

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

laugh

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book. It had a good story that allowed you to try to figure out who did it and why. I dont look at these books as being "spiritual" so if thats what your looking for go to that section. This is fiction and its good fiction. I enjoyed it...

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This is what an audiobook is supposed to be!

This book held my attention from the very first chapter to the last word spoken. I couldn't put it down! If the characters sounds familiar, it picks up the storyline of Bishop T.K. Wilson and the First Jamaica Ministries congregation from "The First Lady."

Be forewarned: if you can't stand cussing and sinning in a fictional story, then this probably isn't the book for you. But ... if you know that we all fall short and that this is just fiction, be prepared to giggle and gasp at all the treachery these church folks stir up.

Extremely well written and fantastic production. Bravo!!!!!!

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