The Man in My Basement

  • by Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by Ernie Hudson
  • 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles' basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why.The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome.
But Charles Blakey is black, and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice.
Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very peculiar requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. Charles' summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity.
Walter Mosely pierces long-hidden views of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature. Original and compelling, The Man in My Basement is a literary feat from "one of the country's best writers." (Denver Post)

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What the Critics Say



Audie Award Finalist, Mystery Fiction, 2005
"The book's timeliness is irrevocably established. This is fine, provocative writing from the prolific [Walter] Mosley, whose gifts extend well beyond his excellent mysteries." (Booklist)

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Well, it's different

The premise of the story intrigued me. Now that I've finished it I'm left wondering, "Now, why did I read this again?" I never did understand why the man in the basement felt the need to do what he did down there.

Some of the characters really didn't move the story along. They simply served as a means of filling the gaps between when the main character and the man in the basement would meet, and that didn't happen until half way through the story!

And yes, there was a lot of X-rated content which had no place in this story line...just something to throw in there.

Pass this one by.
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- Ken

Makes you think

This is classic Mosely after his dectective genre. Mosely is the type of author that makes one think and deals with real issues in an interesting way. This book deals with the ideas of slavery, heritage, right versus wrong, and some other issues. It held my attention but I probably would have liked the print format better. No a bad listen because the narrator is excellent, just have to pay attention.
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- Heather

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2004
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio