The Bond

  • by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt
  • Narrated by Richard Allen
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Three Doctors, Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, discovered early in their friendship that they shared one disturbing trait: as children, they had to navigate life in inner-city Newark without a father's support and guidance. While each young man dealt with the turmoil caused by an absent father, with no male role model to turn to for advice, each veered dangerously close to a life of delinquency, drugs, and crime. But despite great odds, the three overcame the statistics. In high school, they formed the Pact, a promise to one another that they would become doctors, and it kept them dedicated to one another and to their dream, and helped to put them on the road to successful careers as physicians. In The Bond, the Three Doctors plumb their own tough childhoods to explore the national epidemic of fatherlessness. But rather than clinging to any bitterness or pain they may have felt as children about their fathers' inability to be in their lives, as adults Davis, Jenkins, and Hunt sought out their fathers and worked to reconnect with them. In the doctors' own words, and their fathers', they describe the crucial lessons they learned, identifying ways to stem the tide of fatherlessness that's sweeping through communities across the country. Honest, brave, and poignant, The Bond is a book for every family, every father, and every man.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Not having had fathers left “gaping holes” in the lives of three African-American doctors whose personal and professional triumphs are movingly told in this exceptional audio. The production is organized in segments that combine each man’s story with that of his father. In addition, the authors remind us of the rewards and responsibilities of deep friendship with a wife and children. Richard Allen’s narration of this important memoir couldn’t be more sensitive, warm, and connected to the book’s redemptive underpinnings. He wisely understates the narrative’s pathos, and his clear, consistent baritone is deeply satisfying from start to finish.

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What the Critics Say

"This is a book that every father and every family should read and take to heart. It's honest and brave and true." (Queen Latifah)
"Every parent should read The Bond because it highlights the power of forgiveness and drives home the fact that it's never too late to be a family." (Bill Cosby)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio