Born of Sin

  • by Pamela Hart Vines
  • Narrated by Dirk Watson
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Conceived out of wedlock and "born of sin," Jacob Dewitt suffers deeply at the hands of his resentful stepfather. In the midst of family chaos, Jacob is shipped off to boarding school. Years later, when the school expels him, he believes he can't go back home.
As a young man alone on the streets of Pittsburgh, Jacob lies about his age and assumes a new identity. Intelligent and ambitious, he soon gets recruited by the city's crime organization. Yearning for acceptance, Jacob embraces his new family that consists of an up-and-coming Madame, his primary mentor, and other drug runners.
He grows up fast. It doesn't take long for the big boss to discover Jacob's quick mind and other talents. Despite his rising status, Jacob yearns for a righteousness the streets can't provide. To fill the void, he attends the local university and uses his gifted knowledge about the Bible to encourage his crew. Word of mouth spreads and miraculous things happen to the people he helps. Unfortunately, Jacob discovers that church and crime are an unholy union.
Alternating between the fictional town of Edgeboro, North Carolina in 1976 and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the early 1980's, Jacob must choose between leaving the street family that embraced him and seeking a legitimate life with the family that disowned him.
Born of Sin follows a complex and layered African American family as each member deals with the universal affects of betrayal, unrequited love, and the desire to have something more.

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Awesome, Intriguing, Riveting, Recommend

Where does Born of Sin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in the top ten. I am on the second listen of the book.


Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was JD, I love how he overcomes and proves that he is capable of what comes his way.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to in one sitting and just restarted listening again.


Any additional comments?

I would certainly recommend. I will listen and looking forward to the second.

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I can't wait for the next book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this audiobook; actually I was recommending it even before I was finished listening. The story is amazing, and I was really intrigued by the main character and his complexities.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Born of Sin?

There were many scenes that stand out, but the scene in which Jacob's mother wonders out of the house into the woods was a scene that stuck with me long after. I supposed it is because I could identify with her.


Have you listened to any of Dirk Watson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other of his narrations. In this performance, he mispronounced several "normal" words, and some phrasing was "off". This was distracting at times.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, indeed.


Any additional comments?

I loved Pamela Vines' writing style. It was easy to follow, and I was pulled into the story right away. Her descriptions of the characters easily allowed me to picture them, and feel connected to them. The pace was just right. At the end of the book, I found myself sad that it was over. I wondered about the characters, and what would happen to them. I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2016
  • Publisher: Troop Public Relations, LLC