• by Donald Goines
  • Narrated by Kevin Kenerly
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From one of the most revolutionary writers of the twentieth century comes the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today's street lit and hip-hop culture.
After my ninth birthday, I began to really understand the meaning of my name. I began to understand just what my mother was doing for a living. There was nothing I could do about it, but even had I been able to, I wouldn't have changed it.
Whoreson Jones is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. As a child, he's looked after by his neighborhood's imposing matriarch, Big Mama, while his mother works. At age twelve, his street education begins when a man named Fast Black schools him in trickology. By thirteen, Whoreson's a cardsharp. By sixteen, his childhood abruptly ends, and he is a full-fledged pimp, cold-blooded and ruthless, battling to understand and live up to his mother's words: "First be a man, then be a pimp."


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not for the faint at heart...

What disappointed you about Whoreson?

The abuse... This was my first time reading this author after seeing him featured on a TV one evening. I was not prepared for the explicit violence against the women. I guess that was dumb on my part for thinking a story of a "Ghetto Pimp" would be any different.

Would you ever listen to anything by Donald Goines again?

No, I don't think so.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Kenerly?

I'm not sure. I believe Kevin Kenerly did a good job at making the story come to life. It was too real for me, though.

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

Anger and sadness... I did not finish the book so I'm not sure if those feelings would have changed into something else. I felt bad for Whoreson who seemed to not know any better but I felt sorry for the women for not knowing their own value.

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- Anrica

Raw and Gritty, but good!!!

This was a great book. I listened to it in one setting. I loved it!
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- DeAndrea

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.