The Man in 3B

  • by Carl Weber
  • Narrated by Mike Ray, Shay Moore, King Parker, A. Jai Simone, D. Michelle
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet Darryl Graham, or as his new neighbors call him, The Man in 3B.
Darryl's new to the Jamaica, Queens building, but from day one he's made quite an impression on his neighbors. He has made it very clear he greatly values his privacy, but he is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be, so inquiring minds want to know. Unfortunately, in Darryl's world, what you know can hurt you. And when he winds up dead, those inquiring minds become the prime suspects.
Darryl has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his down-to-earth personality to his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Darryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.
Darryl is quickly welcomed into the building and immediately becomes a part of each of the tenants' lives. Connie, an overweight and unhappy wife, turns to Darryl for help losing weight, hoping to try and fix her crumbling marriage. But when Darryl starts making Connie feel beautiful again, she questions whether or not her marriage is worth saving. Benny, a spoiled teenager, looks up to Darryl as a role model. When an unexpected event occurs, Benny is left questioning everything he's ever known. Krystal, Darryl's first love, wants to make things work with her current boyfriend. Yet having Darryl back in her life sends her happy home spiraling out of control. And, last but not least, Avery, Connie's husband, doesn't care about anyone or anything when a financial opportunity comes his way - that is, until he notices how much time his wife is spending with their new neighbor.
Everything seems to be going well, until someone is murdered, and everyone becomes a prime suspect.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Epilogue brings the story together

I was waiting for Carl Weber to drop a new book and I wasn't at all disappointed with this mystery. I like how Carl Weber let us meet the characters and the situations in their life that help you connect to the charcter. You even get the opportunity to meet the man in 3b and learn a lil about him before his death. I don't want to give anything away but I did like the narrators and the story was put together very well. It wasn't one of the best books I have read by Carl Weber but it kept my interest. Pretty good book Carl.
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- Dream "LIFE just happens that way sometimes!"

Pedestrian and Stereotypical

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I couldn't listen long enough to comment on the entire plot, because the writing was so stereotypical and pedestrian. I am sick and tired of black women being portrayed as desperate whores and sexual animals. When the first character encountered women on the stoop of her complex, they sounded like B in heat. What made it worse is that they were married. Then the married woman climbs stairs, cannot catch her breath, but perseverates on and on about this guy being so attractive and sexy that she was willing to entertain sexual fantasies about him, without knowing him, and go on and on about what she wanted to do with and to him. In the middle of respiratory failure, this guy asks her if she's all-right, and her mind leaves her physical distress as she lusts after some stranger? Please. give me something with plot twists and depth, and dialog between human beings and not people ready to jump into bed with people less familiar than even strangers. How far the mighty have fallen.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Weber again?

Not at all.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

There were no favorites, at all. No insight, predictable, and formulaic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing. The narrators are accomplished actors and voice-over-greats.

Any additional comments?

It seems like some non-black wrote the book, or some black person who has joined the band-wagon of portraying black women as lust-ridden-animals, abandoning all logical thoughts or action in order to think or act on endless lust. I could not finish the book-junk in, junk out. I am longing to read meaningful stories by substantive black authors, but I suppose such books could never pass the muster of the system of you-know-what, in the West. If you portray all black men as criminals, all black women as sex crazed whores, then I guess you have a best seller. Also, in most black books, black people have miserable lives, etc,, which is why I rarely buy fiction books written by modern black authors. This is my opinion. I have found, with rare exceptions, that nothing in any form of media, save the occasional honest documentary, or actual lectures on YouTube, remotely reflects the real lives and characters of actual black people, who are the most diverse group on earth, Give me something where they aren't criminals, or downtrodden by racism, or sex-crazed-dogs, or on drugs. I guess that's what sells, but I'm not buying.

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- ddsharper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio