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The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

Narrated by: Susan Spain
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (293 ratings)

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Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.

©2011 Victoria Christopher Murray (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Nevada
  • Alexandria,VA by D.C.
  • 12-10-11

The Girl is GUUUUUD - {{{{VCM}}} - MUST READ!

If you don’t get this book you are truly missing out. First of all, how in the world are you going to proposition me about mine - The audacity. In life there are choices and stands you have to make, this work of fiction takes your mind places where on the outside looking in you know exactly what your response would be to these things, but not so much if you are in the mix. This book is awesome. JUST GET IT and thank me later.

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Great Story!

I loved the story about Adam & Evia which I found out their names had a symbolic meaning. Although Evia's actions really started grating my nerves after a while...the old saying "be careful what you wish for" definitely applies. I also enjoyed the way the author "snuck in" a moral to the story - very clever. It would be nice if there was a continuation or part 2.

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  • Leslie
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 03-28-12

For the love of money

Where does The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow, this was a good one! Great pacing, good action, funny and just enough passion. It really made me think, too. What does a person sacrifice to

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

No spoiler..but by the middle or at least 3/4s of the way in its pretty obvious. But its still fun to see how far down she's gonna take them.

Which scene was your favorite?

No one favorite scene. But I could really sympathize with Evia the night she sent Adam to Sasha. That was tough.

If you could take any character from The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take both Adam and Evia out, to give them both a wake-up smack. lol

Any additional comments?

Just get this book. It had a spiritual message without being the least bit preacy. And a great storyline that had me shaking my head and laughing out loud.

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  • Jennifer
  • Garland, TX, United States
  • 05-05-12

Interesting Idea

What did you like best about The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil? What did you like least?

I thought the performance and narration were really well done. I like the point that the story made overall about what is important in life and what is fleeting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked how the author showed the day to day reality that today's economy can have on a family. I didn't like the "subtle"clues about Shay Shante's true identity, that definitely made parts of the story very corny. I also didn't like how the story was so drawn out in moments such as the countdown portion, you know what's going to happen so I wanted to get to it. The entire story takes place over a 30 day period so the auditor definitely packed in alot of detail into those days, maybe too much.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the scene at the end of the book, because it was slightly eerie and unusual to hear Shay Shante in that context.

Could you see The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could definitely see this as a movie because it is very compelling for today's economy. I think a Lynn Whitfield type could definitely play Shay Shante, she is the most compelling character. And it would be really cool to see flashback scenes of the weekend, after it happens.

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surprised!

What did you love best about The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil?

the end of the story was VERY surprising, without giving to much info, I really did not expect one of the main female characters to be who she was. who the heck would have thought of such an ending!

What did you like best about this story?

how glamorous the couples life was, beautiful children, great girlfriends,love of their faith then BOOM, the real story begins........

What does Susan Spain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

excitement, her voice made the story believable, til u get to the end, then BOOM!

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

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!

Any additional comments?

this was a great book, as a mail carrier walking all day gets kinda boring, (right). the characters, had my lil mind constantly in a state of OMG. walking down the streets damn near talking to myself, rewinding my ipod to see if I heard her rite or did she say what I thought she said??? It took me 3 days to listen to since i only listen to my books when i'm working, makes the day shorter. I was pleased. kudo's to the author, and narrator.











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The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

Wow this book makes you think about your morals. And it really makes you think twice about the people you come in contact with!

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One of My Favorites

I adore this book. I listened to it on cd several years ago, and I've never forgotten it, so it was with pleasure that I used a credit to own it. It's so well-written and such a wonderfully different Christian story. I wish it had ended a bit differently, but that's not to say that the ending was poorly done. That's just me, wanting the story to end in a different way. I don't think Victoria Christopher Murray got enough kudos for this book. It's layered in a way that I realize after listening to it again that I missed some things the first time I "read" it. It's a truly excellent read, and a cautionary tale worth heeding.
My only critique is that there is no sequel that's sort of hinted at in the end!

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What happened to our faith in God!

This was a great story that shows how money can ruin our lives. When we put material things ahead of God and never come back and pray and ask him for guidance and forgiveness,we will not get the blessings we can receive from Him.

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A bit predictable, but still entertaining

The storyline was one that we have heard before, but there were some interesting twists and turns that kept it fresh.

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WOW AMAZING!!!

CHILLLD, This book is so good! I could not put this book down. It was fantastic just goes to show money is the root to evil!