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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.
©2014 Dwayne Alexander Smith (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By ilike2smize on 04-02-16

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Will on 07-24-14

Deep Dark and Disturbing Bizarro world.

Where does Forty Acres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks high, It's in my top 3.

What did you like best about this story?

the messages, the history, the irony, and the plot.

What about Andre Blake’s performance did you like?

He did a great job of giving each character a unique identity. Carver especially.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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