The Prodigal Son

A Reverend Curtis Black Novel
Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
Series: Reverend Curtis Black, Book 11
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (464 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Reverend Curtis Black hasn't spoken to his son, Matthew, in over a year - not since Matthew dropped out of Harvard to marry his girlfriend, Racquel, and be a full-time father to their infant son. Curtis knows that it was he and his wife, Charlotte, who drove Matthew away, but he prays that one day his son will forgive them and come home.

Matthew, however, can't seem to forget the pain his parents caused him and Racquel. Still, he wonders if maybe they'd been right, as fatherhood is not what he expected, and Racquel's behavior has become increasingly erratic. Matthew genuinely wants to be a good husband, though, and swears he'll never repeat his parents' mistakes. But when an old friend expresses her desire for Matthew, the temptation may be too great to resist....

Then, there's Dillon Whitfield - Curtis' long-lost-son - who has settled in as a member of the Black family. Yet the transition has been anything but easy. Charlotte, convinced he's only after Curtis' money, wishes he would move back to where he came from. Dillon, however, has no intention of going anywhere. After a lifetime in the shadows, he's determined to take his rightful place as Curtis's first-born son and heir, and he'll do whatever it takes to win his father's affection - even if it means playing dirty....

As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis' sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold? Or will their family ties be undone once and for all?

©2014 Kimberla Lawson Roby (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Roby writes with high-octane levels of emotion. She pushes her characters hard, spotlighting their flaws, showcasing their weaknesses, drawing in the readers to be more than bystanders." - USA Today
"Roby [deals] with real issues in her novels." - Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel"Love, Honor and Betray is an entertaining read and remains true to Roby's style of creatively telling a story." - The New York Amsterdam News"Kimberla Lawson Roby weaves truth into fiction." - Indianapolis Star"Roby, a bestselling author with a devoted audience, knows well the recipe for success: equal parts heartbreak and romance, with liberal dashes of sexual satisfaction." - San Jose Mercury News"Kimberla Lawson Roby has reached a pinnacle most writers only dream of." - Rockford Register Star"Lively, action packed and full of sassy sensuality, Roby once again has created a story that grabs the reader's attention and holds it until the very end." - Las Vegas Review on A House Divided"Engrossing...the writing is cinematic and the juicy plot moves quickly...Roby has a talent for underscoring the universal challenges of people of faith, and more often than not, that strength carries the story." - Publishers Weekly on THE REVEREND'S WIFE"For those thousands of fans, who can't get enough of the 'good' reverend and his wives, this is a book that should not be missed." - Philly.com on A House Divided"Roby's fiction...[addresses] issues that are important to women today." - Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Great Read!

Couldn't put this one down! Wish all the Curtis Black books were available at Audible.
Very interesting insight into skewed thinking of some characters. Renewed my faith in some major characters~ can 't wait for the next installment!

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Did not like Audio version

Would you try another book from Kimberla Lawson Roby and/or Peter Jay Fernandez?

Yes will read more of books, but the narrator didnt bring life into the characters

What was most disappointing about Kimberla Lawson Roby’s story?

The Raquell storyline was a lil over the top and even though Dylan was psych he was pretty much an outcast the the Black family

How could the performance have been better?

More than one narrator

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prodigal Son?

Racquell not give away but what did to Matt would have written different where her an Matt beat the odds in the end

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Now this was deep

Dillion aggravated my soul but I know people like him. This story had drama, action, suspense and things I could relate.

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Would you try another book from Kimberla Lawson Roby and/or Peter Jay Fernandez?

Yes, I would read another Kimberla Lawson Roby book, however the Dillon Character was too whiny and totally unbelieving. Peter J Fernandes voice was also annoying

What was most disappointing about Kimberla Lawson Roby’s story?

DILLION

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Jay Fernandez’s performances?

NO

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

?????

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Nice Addition to the Series

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character in this book was Matthew. I feel like I have watched him grow up. It was nice to see him as a young man.

Who was the most memorable character of The Prodigal Son and why?

The most memorable character was Matthew's wife. I enjoyed the direction that they went with her being crazy due to post partum depression. Nice twist.

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Awesome Job

Would you consider the audio edition of The Prodigal Son to be better than the print version?

I would. For me, listening to the audio edition tends to bring the book to life.

What did you like best about this story?

the ending

What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first, I didn't care for his voice, however the story line was brilliant and it made bearable to listen to him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Matthew came back home.

Any additional comments?

great book. can't wait for the next one and maybe we will hear more about Dylan Whitfield Black.

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What a Great Listening Drama

Since listening to this series, I can't stop. I listen while at work, cant get enough of the Black family drama. What a great listening drama!!!

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Page turner

absolutely love Curtis Black series keeps me on the edge of my seat. love it

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ProdSonRev

I thought the story was really good and well written. There was a level of mystery, which I have found in all of Roby’s writings. Some things are funny and others I find myself saying, “Lord have mercy!” This almost sounds like the church members and I want to laugh. I’m working on listening to all of her books this year. I think this is five or six. I’m not going in order, but I don’t find that I need to. That’s another good thing. You can follow her stories no matter the order. Great writer!! ❤️❤️

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This started off slow

I'm not use to this series starting so slowly. The story line was good but not great. Because I've been enjoying this series, I had patience for the story to unfold. I enjoyed the narrator.