• Hughes Views of the Blues

  • Langston Hughes' Simple Stories
  • By: Langston Hughes
  • Narrated by: Nap Turner
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 05-04-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Right on Rhythm
  • 4.8 (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Langston Hughes' character Jesse B. Simple comes to life in 12 great performances by Nap "Don't Forget the Blues" Turner in Hughes Views of the Blues, from Right on Rhythm. This is a release that belongs in every library and in every American literature curriculum.
©1961 Harold Ober Associates (P)2006 Right on Rhythm INC
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By stella on 02-24-12

I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!

Would you listen to Hughes Views of the Blues again? Why?

Yes. And would read it yet again.
I first read about Jess B. Simple nearly forty years ago in the park next to our local library. Out loud, entertaining my babies, I acted out the characters for them. They laughed at me and with me too.

What did you like best about this story?

The simplicity of being authentic and transparent. Truthful and humorous.
Sometimes real life is downright funny. Like a bunion acting up you're when walking the pavements of Harlem.
Humor is a hickey on the head of one who swung first and missed.
There are Jess B. Simples in pubs in Ireland, taverns in England, bars and clubs in every city in America, he can be found sitting on the porches or leaning against a pickup trucks in the deep south.

What about Nap Turner’s performance did you like?

He was quietly effective, curious but not in your face. Asking leading questions, and waiting for an answer.

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

No, I pause it, take care of something serious and come back to it for some relaxing fun time

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, I have e read them all over the years, I own most of them

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By TeeTee on 01-21-18

Wish All of the Storiea were Recorded This Way

The jazz of the era as a backdrop made it an enjoyable way to here these stories.

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