Leaving Atlanta

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nee on 02-27-17


I was born in 82. This was news to me. My mom grew up in SC and intimately remembers this.

The story is broken up into three segments. Enjoy them all but Octavia's was the best. The narrator for her was excellent.

Tayari gave a realistic glimpse in what it felt like to be a child during that time.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 03-31-16


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Tayari Jones always portrays characters so well. I love to read her books. The topic of this book is especially sad, even more so because it describes something that really happened. So, with the sadness of coming to the end of a good read and the subject of the book, pick this book when you're feeling upbeat. It is a good book. I'm glad to have discovered this good author.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Rich in BCS on 04-03-13

Why does Audible make you answer these questions?

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The best reviews that I read do not answer silly questions like, "If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?" Why does Audible do that?

OK, enough griping.

Leaving Atlanta is a wonderful collection of stories set in a tragic situation. The main characters are all fifth graders and the author deftly draws out the character of each one. They are as rich as a fifth grader can be and marvelously real -- worrying about the superficial things that are so important to a 10 year old, while also worrying that tomorrow that may be killed by a faceless murderer. The author's attention to details make the story all the more real.

I strongly recommend this great piece of fiction surrounded by historical truths.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Carrie Litchfield on 12-29-11

Might be my new favorite author

Where does Leaving Atlanta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow. Tayari Jones is perhaps one of the best modern writers. She brilliantly captures the way a child views the world around her. I was blown away.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Atlanta?

Octavia's part--

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

Audio is my preferred method of

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By amckiereads on 06-22-11

Fantastic book and audio production.

I loved this book, and especially loved it on audio. The book is told in three parts with each part having a different narrator. I loved the way that this was done. The first part was told by Tasha, the second by Rodney, and the third by Octavia. I loved Tasha’s section the best and Rodney’s the least, but even he grew on me until I couldn’t help but really feel for him and care about him and his story. The three lives are intertwined in more ways than they realize at first, and this becomes more clear as the story progresses.

Through the work we learn more about the awful spate of child murders that plagued the black Atlanta community from 1979-1981. Through the murders of the black children Jones is able to explore the racism and injustice that was faced still in the southern states in the 1970′s. Very glad I listened to this one.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Yolanda on 03-07-16


Jones is able to capture the true nature of how Black children speak, think, and play. Excellent book.

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