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The Fire Next Time
4.32
Written almost 50 years ago during the Civil Rights era, these two works (a letter and an essay) afford the 21st Century reader a solid no-holds barre...more
Jun 16, 2012
Feb 22, 2010
 
Slumdog Millionaire: Originally Published As Q&A
3.96
My review is based on the audiobook read by Christopher Simpson, who is absolutely outstanding given his vast array of accents and vocal gymnastics. H...more
May 31, 2011
Apr 02, 2010
 
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
4.00
The folktales are wonderful narrative representations from many African countries including South Africa. The prize however is the audiobook loaded wi...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
 
Nat Turner
3.86
Oh man, can we talk?

This graphic novel was a very intense and worthwhile read. I was into comics as a kid, but graphic novels in the 21st century are...more
Jan 13, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
 
The Surrogates
3.69
I just didn't want to finish the book. Cause that's all folks.

Man, I haven't read a graphic novel this well written in a while. I was a dedicated com...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
Going to Meet the Man
4.30
These eight short stories will leave you hungry for more writing my Baldwin. They are all powerful and each one a different perspective on the issue o...more
Feb 07, 2013
May 17, 2010
 
The Killer, Volume One
3.92
A startling surprise this was; flows like a nightmare; the drawing matches that flow as well. I find it amazing how the human psyche tries to justify...more
Sep 14, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
 
My Father, Maker of the Trees: How I Survived the Rwandan Genocide (Audiobook)
3.85
**spoiler alert** A heart felt rendering of the atrocities committed in Ruwanda as heard through the author’s personal accounting of the often difficu...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Cross Country (Alex Cross, #14)
3.80
Many readers think that the Alex Cross character was unbelievably out of place in Africa. Why? Someone’s gotta go. Isn’t he Alex Cross? Isn’t this a f...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
 
Black Boy
3.96
**spoiler alert** The book starts off with bang and keeps the excitement high for some time. I hadn't know when I first read this book in grade school...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
 
The Skin I'm In
4.09
This was a pretty powerful coming of age piece set in the urban jungle of a city near you. Maleeka, a young dark skinned African American, has to cont...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
The Help
4.44
I had intended to bypass this book because of all the hype around it, but I listened to a five-minute excerpt of it and was instantly transported to M...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
Holy Bible: Inspired By The Bible Experience: New Testament
4.71
Good work overall, but singing was a distraction"

I got this because I wanted to HEAR the spoken word of God. Now there were some solid narrators enlis...more
Mar 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health
3.98
I read this book about 10 years ago and I can honestly say that I was yet pleasantly surprised how much this book opened the eyes of my understanding....more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
Wild Child and Other Stories
3.69
**spoiler alert** You don't have to know much about the author's life or background to realize how much aspects of his character and experiences shine...more
May 17, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
Say You're One of Them
3.41
Although I wanted to give this book of five horrific tales of life on the African continent more stars, the laborious writing and heavy use of patois...more
May 25, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
4.07
This was a very good read—a romp in the amusement park, as it were. It rekindled the love of poetry (and the writing thereof) that I had as a kid. The...more
Apr 22, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
 
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
3.65
Lalani’s first novel reads like a free flowing expose of the lives of four desperate people who attempt to leave their plight in the cities of Morocco...more
May 21, 2010
May 17, 2010
 
With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together
4.10
They share a unique story: a long last marriage together with successful careers and well nourished children. They lived full lives within the frailti...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
The Most Dangerous Game
3.90
Wow! What a great read. This by far beats out any movie adaptation I’ve seen to date. This short story can be read in less than 30 minutes or so (depe...more
Mar 04, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
 
Shantaram
4.23
(Note: this review is based on both the hardcover and the audiobook). This is the epic drama of an Australian prison escapee who flees to New Zealand...more
Jun 04, 2010
May 10, 2010
 
Go the Fuck to Sleep
4.23
This book is a prime example of why some people should not have children and should be miles away from any others. You really don’t have to be high on...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
 
The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone
3.62
Spectacular prequel to The Surrogates. Most of the original storyline nuances explained and a new society has its genesis in Georgia of all places (su...more
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
Drown
4.02
Ten short stories of mindnumbing intensity all fitting together as a collective; all necessary parts of the same puzzle; brutal and brazen, bold and b...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
 
Stories I Only Tell My Friends
3.71
I received this as a free audiobook, so I gave it a listen and I got to hear a lot of the author's intent, personality and even his impersonations thr...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
The Wild Things (Audiobook)
3.46
**spoiler alert** After a tediously slow start, by a third of the way through this story of Max and his subjects slowly unravels. (I'm glad I was able...more
Feb 11, 2010
Nov 03, 2009
 
What is the What
4.15
**spoiler alert** Longest audiobook I've listened to to date. A lot of great moments... just too long. Excellent reading by Dion Graham I must say. Th...more
Dec 21, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
The Angel Experiment
4.09
It really took an act of faith to get through this one. The dialogue seemed to be straight out of the pages of a graphic novel or comic book, which I...more
Feb 11, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.78
I have to admit that I enjoyed this youth’s view of life in Antebellum South with its proliferation of country rednecks and negro slaves. Some refer t...more
Dec 21, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
 
The Road
3.94
**spoiler alert** The Road is a well-written page turning journey down the road of a post nuclear USA. It’s bleak. It’s morose. It’s brutal and the st...more
Jun 14, 2011
May 17, 2010
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