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The Kid

By: Sapphire
Narrated by: Sapphire
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
3 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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awesome

this book was disturbing but the story is told in a phenomenal way. I love it

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poetry

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

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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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Sapphire you know you were wrong

So I read the other reviews and I figured it could not be so bad. Well it is. Not
so much the story but her performance sucks. She needs not to ever ever ever ever
( in my Smoky voice) ever ever ever read her own books. Please Sapphire stick to just writing. There was times i was so confused about who was speaking. Her voice sounded the same for multiple characters that were talking to each other. Then couldn’t
tell when he was dreaming or if he was in real life at times. I wish I rather just read the book instead of listening. What happened with Mongo? This could have been a good book
but the storylines at times was confusing and not really developed and went no where.