Forty Acres

  • by Dwayne Alexander Smith
  • Narrated by Andre Blake
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this pause-resisting and provocative new audiobook.
Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.
Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery - but this time around, the black men are called "Master." Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.
A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man's desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

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Most Helpful

poorly researched and poorly written

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like hearing about a main character who likes slapping his wife's ass in the shower and who know nothing about the horrors of African slavery and the real worthwhile efforts Black people have made to seek reparations


Would you ever listen to anything by Dwayne Alexander Smith again?

No, he needs to finish that schooling he dropped out of and learn a thing or two before writing again


Would you be willing to try another one of Andre Blake’s performances?

The narrarator was fine


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was appalled to listen to the author villianize Black men who were trying to figure out reparations ( the author should look that word up) by casting them as sociopaths. The dumbest thing about the book is that he had so called business men wasting their time and money to run a mine that produced little to nothing, If your characters were businessmen, they would have run a prrofitable business down there, making clothes, shoes, African history memorabilia, something! No believable businessmen would pay to run a business that yielded no profit. Also the sexism is disgusting, why isnt Anna getting aroused and dry humping someone? The heroine is virtuous and the men get their freak on like the ass slapping main character, Worst of all the author disgraces the names of Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, Temir Rice, Sandra Bland and the Charleston Nine by making their story a backdrop to his heroic rescue of a beautiful blond white girl. If he ever wrties again - he should stick to books about ass slapping and fucking hard. That is this authors only believable area of expertise. What this author knows about Black history and the struggle for justice clearly indicates that he left school too soon.


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- honestcritic

Absolutely Dreadful

I wanted to like this book so badly because I thought the concept was interesting. I particularly liked the idea of 'black noise', but it seems like a poorly repackaged version of what Joy DeGruy calls post traumatic slave syndrome. The writing is elementary at best. It reads like a 10 year got his hands on a thesaurus. This writing lacked any and all sophistication, nuance and depth. The story was predictable and ridiculous and the real lack of character development made you not care one single iota about any of the characters. The elementary writing coupled with the highly melodramatic narration made me cringe through the entire book. The narrator sounded like he took lessons from Mexican telenovela actors. There were far too many moments when I would let out huge sighs, scream "BS!!" or just look away with an extreme side-eye. But for whatever reason, I felt obligated to finish the book - reminded me of watching a train wreck...I couldn't stop listening even though it was PAINFUL. The fact that the ending was left open makes me cringe at the thought that there may be a sequel. I wish I could give this zero stars. I wonder if there is any way to get a refund.........
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- ilike2smize

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio