• The Kid

  • By: Sapphire
  • Narrated by: Sapphire
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • 3.2 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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The Kid

By: Sapphire
Narrated by: Sapphire
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Publisher's Summary

Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.

In The Kid, best-selling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious. A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, The Kid tells of a 21st-century young man's fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul's journey, we are witness to an artist's birth by fire.

©2011 Sapphire (P)2011 Penguin

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The worst book ever!!!

This is an audio credit wasted. I am extremely disappointed. I can typically listen to a book in it's entirety even if it isn't the absolute best. I got to chapter 20 hoping it would improve. Not only is the book a difficult listen/read...the author should have allowed a pro to narrate...she was horrible. Please don't waste your credit.

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Enjoyed it

Its something you would have to listen to your self. This book can go either way. Its just as blunt as "push"......Indescribable

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WORST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What would have made The Kid better?

A well written story with a clear plot

What was most disappointing about Sapphire’s story?

Not knowing if the events were really happening.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No she did the best with she was given

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

NONE A TOTAL WASTE OF A CREDIT

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The Kid

I enjoyed this book (it be nice to b a movie)
the beginning was very heartwarming n sad
I love how he was hearing his mom voice ...which meant she was always with him
this is my second time around - the first time a few years back n now
this book has a lot of up n down n crazy omg times
but to me a so so good read
I enjoy watching him grow up lost (it was like never ending dream) in a whole he truly didn't understand n they really didn't understand him This Was His Life ~ His So Called Life

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Excellent Book...

Where does The Kid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not everyone will understand this book. Unless one has experienced abuse and poverty, this situation is probably hard to believe. However, this is a common story that most of society would rather not know about. Sadly, children like JJ have to survive and save themselves.

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Horrible

this sounded like one run on sentence. most horrible book I've ever purchased. Wish I could get my money back

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poetry

loved it. written beautifully. very poetic and reminds me of sister Soulja and Maya Angelou

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Terrible

Terrible on every level. Disappointing followup. Strange. I would not recommend. Skipped or did not not listen to certain part, just let it play, so that I could finish.

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  • JM
  • 12-05-19

Usually I love Sapphire’s work, but this is a no

Sapphire is generally a good writer. A good narrator, not so much. Some parts of the story she sounds exhausted from reading, other parts full of energy (like when she does animal sounds towards the latter of the book). It’s hard to tell who is speaking because there generally isn’t much change in voice inflection or tone. And it’s difficult to imagine the character as a 6 foot tall 13 year old when his voice is spoken by a woman and sometimes given a high whiny pitch.

I have no idea what’s actually happening and what’s not, characters are introduced, given a story then completely vanish. There’s no redemption, and as much as I tried to like and sympathize and empathize with the main character, it just wasn’t happening.

I didn’t believe the reviews that said not to bother with this book, but I figured this is by Sapphire, it can’t be that bad..... it is that bad.

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just meant for shock and cringe no real substance

it crapped out almost at the end as if the author struggled to finish a story that was to broad taking into account the story was fro. the perspective of a mentally broken young man...the author relied on the shock of some events and put no substance behind the story

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