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A mixed martial artist has one last fight. To make things right. He just wants to train. Hop an NJ Transit train. Do some work in Newark. Rep his fight team and his fans across the nation. Outlast that international sensation. Then maybe get back with his bae. Make it like back in the day. But he’s feelin the heat. On Jersey’s streets. They docked his dock job. He owes a favor to The Frog. And his teen son T's bein bullied. His plan’s all gettin sullied. Not to mention dealing with issues of class. Race. The mirror's reflecting face. It’s like there’s no escapin ’08. But wait. Let the haters hate. Franco’s goin for great. 

Fightin straight outta Woodbridge. AKA Hoodbridge. The Wood. The Hood. By any name, a town. Too small to be a city. Too broke to be a burb. Too rough to be rural. Just a tough little Turnpike town. Older than America yet representative of today’s America. Connecting north to south. Red to blue. Old to new. Either a perfect alchemy. Or an insane stew. In March of ’08 it was looking like the latter. One that would swallow up Franco and T both. 

All in a novel written lyrical. Nah not a miracle. Just made in the USA. Like jazz. Stand-up. And MMA.

LP Novel: (n.) A novel that is written lyrical. At times. In its usage of wordplay. And rhymes.

©2018 Tom Sheridan (P)2018 Tom Sheridan

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Bad Ass Rhyming-Rapping-Rhythm

My inner warrior was ready to rumble with Franco on the streets of New Jersey in 'The Streets'! The audio performance was super well done and captured the rhythm of the prose with a unique sentence structure abbreviated in an almost rap style at times. The overall story line is filled with cultural and geographical references that engage the brain. :)

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Cool concept and great story

This is a modern day Rocky story told lyrically. I was engaged from the start. The author (and narrator) submerged me into a view of the world very foreign to my own. Loved it.

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Highly entertaining, original audiobook!

This audiobook grabbed my attention from beginning to end. You will not be disappointed listening to the lyrical prose written by Tom Sheridan and performed by Cary Hite. Franco’s troubles come to life and you are captivated by his story. Highly recommend!

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SURPRISINGLY AWESOME!

I admit, I had NO IDEA what I was getting into, but wow what a ride! That was crazy!
Super interesting, never heard anything like that before.

As I'm very new to the genre I don't have much to compare it to, but hey this was nicely done!
Clever, raw, crazy, really had a fun time with this one! :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


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Riveting. A masterpiece.

A modern day Rocky story, told through America’s music and pop cultural history. Beautifully recited through the use of rhyme and rhythm. Highly recommend.

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Great book, great listen

A unique book that translates very well to an audio format due to the writing being rhythmic and almost "sing-songy" at times. If I had to compare it to something else, I'd say it's like the script to "Rocky" and the lyrics of "Livin' on a Prayer" had a baby together. Cary Hite does an excellent job giving each character a voice and the default narration voice fits the atmosphere of the book perfectly.