• The Love Prison Made and Unmade

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  • By: Ebony Roberts
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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The Love Prison Made and Unmade

By: Ebony Roberts
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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With echoes of Just Mercy and An American Marriage, a remarkable memoir of a woman who falls in love with an incarcerated man - a poignant story of hope and disappointment that lays bare the toll prison takes not only on those behind bars, but on their families and relationships.

Ebony’s parents were high school sweethearts and married young. By the time Ebony was born, the marriage was disintegrating. As a little girl she witnessed her parents’ brutal verbal and physical fights, fueled by her father’s alcoholism. Then her father tried to kill her mother. 

Those experiences drastically affected the way Ebony viewed love and set the pattern for her future romantic relationships. Despite being an educated and strong-minded woman determined not to repeat the mistakes of her parents - she would have a fairytale love - Ebony found herself drawn to bad boys: men who cheated; men who verbally abused her; men who disappointed her. Fed up, she swore to wait for the partner God chose for her.

Then she met Shaka Senghor. Though she felt an intense spiritual connection, Ebony struggled with the idea that this man behind bars for murder could be the good love God had for her. Through letters and visits, she and Shaka fell deeply in love. 

Once Shaka came home, Ebony thought the worst was behind them. But Shaka’s release was the beginning of the end. 

The Love Prison Made and Unmade is heartfelt. It reveals powerful lessons about love, sacrifice, courage, and forgiveness; of living your highest principles and learning not to judge someone by their worst acts. Ultimately, it is a stark reminder of the emotional cost of American justice on human lives - the partners, wives, children, and friends - beyond the prison walls.

©2019 Ebony Roberts (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Uncharted Territory

I just completed and enjoyed Ebony Roberts book “The Love Prison Made and Unmade ...” Memoirs are painful to write and I am grateful she shared her story - the fairytale and the sobering reality. For me, Ebony has answered questions. I have followed Shaka and the saga of her connection to Shaka Senghor, a man who spent almost two decades in prison and rose to gain national attention from his memoir NY Times Bestseller “Writing My Wrongs,” appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s programs and his TED talk. I have wanted to know the woman behind the man. Her book “The Love Prison Made and Unmade ...” has clearly answered many of those questions. Secondly, Ebony has tapped uncharted territory. She has opened the door on a topic most never consider, let alone discuss. There are hundreds of thousands of Black men caged. The mass incarceration of our men is, in my opinion, a continuation of slavery. So how do we engage these men who we need as community assets. How are women to love them? Can women love them? Can women trust them? Can they return to society and truly love us? Ebony has opened the door to a much broader discussion. Bravo Sister!

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Beautiful Memoir!

Lovely and heartbreaking story of life, love, and the prison system. Kudos to the author!

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Wow!

This was a beautiful love story that was wonderfully told. I loved how the author opens up and bares her soul….taking me on a familiar journey of her love and heartbreak.

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Excellent eye-opener

This book gave an excellent, raw, detailed description of all that comes with being in love with a prison inmate. Another plus is that the story was unpredictable. I also liked that the writer, Ebony Roberts, was so relatable that I felt like I was in her world.

Narration was superb. Robin Miles is one of my top 3 Audible narrators.

The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of five is because the book became wordy mid-way.

I salute Ebony Robert’s for doing a great job of sharing her story. Thank you, Ms. Roberts!


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Captivating

This is a very captivating book and hard to put down! The narrator captured

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I feel as if something real was missing

as a woman who is a prison wife herself, I feel a lot was missing from the story. it takes over 13 chapters before it gets to the actual story of being a prison wife. The way the narrator reads the story, it sounds like one big long 60 plus chapter poem. Some parts for me were triggering, especially the traveling to visit her man. Other than that, I felt as if Ebony really kept this story safe. Maybe I'm biased and need to just write my own story since my husband was in for 30 years. She was pretty lucky to only wasted 4 years of her life visiting. Still, I wish she would have dug deeper and really shared more to help stop the future of women who even think about creating a relationship with someone incarcerated. so many women out there are very vulnerable to the fairy tale romance. Incarcerated men are the key toxic ingredient that feed into this fairy tale. I was just really hoping for more authenticity and an epic ending

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I was completely engrossed in this story

I thought this was very well written. Almost poetic at times. I loved the way the author described her journey, how it tied into her childhood, and the spiritual lessons she learned. I couldn't stop listening, and finished the audio book in 2 days. I should add that I personally related to her story, and the way she described her emotional struggles felt like she was in my own head. Hoping she has plans for a Part 2. Would love to know how her story continues.

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All in the title

This story was one heard many times over of prison relationships but we'll written

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Biggest Decision of My Life!!!

Thank GOD for this book! Thank God for Ebony’s willingness to share her highs and lows of what it’s truly like being a noble, criminal justice activist/business partner/manager & publicist “Prison Wife.” This book sheds light on the heartaches of our years of dedication turning into a painful slap in the face, forcing us to rid our minds of the fantasy. My husband served 20yrs. We have a 23yr old daughter who’s sadly in prison now. This book helped me choose me! Whether or not my husband and I end up getting a divorce this book gave me the courage to leave a bad situation and force him to get treatment. Had I not stumbled across The Love Prison Made and Unmade I don’t think I would’ve made this decision on my own. I have no idea what’s in store for my future but I do believe that this book helped change the course of my life! I love how it explained her life story and why she made the choices that she did in relationships. I think this is a wonderful read for anybody regardless of what kind of relationship you have we have to understand what’s broken inside of us before we choose to be with someone. This should be definitely read by women and men everywhere! I truly do believe now that it’s a very selfish thing for any woman to think that a man can come home and be an amazing husband and provider out of prison. Men become emotionally detached due to their treatment in prison and do not want to acknowledge their psychological trauma. I don’t want to tell too much about this book but I promise you this read was life-changing for me! I even sent a copy to my daughter who is in prison so that she can better understand why I made the choice that I did.

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A lesson for women of what not to do....

This woman did everything for love and still didn't receive it from this narcissistic man. Women have some self worth.