Joplin's Ghost

  • by Tananarive Due
  • Narrated by Lizan Mitchell
  • 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense. In Joplin's Ghost, 24-year-old R&B phenomenon Phoenix Smalls is on the cusp of fame and fortune. But she is haunted by the spirit of Jazz legend Scott Joplin. After a series of sultry, erotic encounters with the ghost, and with the pressures of stardom closing in on her, Phoenix begins to fear for her life and career.

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What the Critics Say

"The story is also a vehicle for Due's admirable illustration of the musician's dilemma: how to be true to a gift in the face of pressure to create what will sell. Authors face such dilemmas as well; fortunately, Due shows herself true to her own powerful gift." (Publishers Weekly)
"Haunting." (The Washington Post's Book World)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sweeping--a fabulous read

After reading the summary of this book, I almost passed it over; it does rather sound like a book revolving around supernatural sex--not true. The sex is minimal, well-written and contextually relevant; and who is actually having sex with whom is debatable. This story deserves to be judged by more than a few sexual scenes.

The author ties the past to the present, addressing themes of loss, redemption, the value of love and talent, while creating scenes filled with rich, sensory detail. It is this that Due gives to her readers: the sights, smells, tastes, and, above all, sounds of an era that is intense, sometimes dark, but always fascinating.
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- Audrey

Tedium

I loved The Good House but Joplin's Ghost was painful--too long and, quite frankly, too boring. The main character is an irritating twit...save yourself, listen to The Good House and pray that Audible adds her other books which I hear are very good.
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- Kali

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-31-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books