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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gloria Naylor Narrator: Augustus Williamson, Medwin Johnson, Cedric Ward, Cheryl La Mar, Bonita Harvey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Welcome to Bailey's Café, the most mythically real diner you've ever walked into. Presided over by Bailey and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that draws a wide variety of the colored people of 1948, each with a story to tell. Bailey tells us about his love for his strong, quiet wife, and shares his haunting memories of World War II.

Then, one by one, we hear from the café's regulars. There is Sadie, whose addiction to alcohol is second only to her mania for cleanliness; the oddly maternal Eve, whose bordello accepts only fresh flowers as legal tender; Sweet Esther, who takes nothing but white roses for her particular favors; Peaches, whose badly mutilated face is a sharp contrast to her beautiful body; Jesse Bell, who cannot overcome her lust for heroin; Miss Maple (whose real name is Stanley); and Mariam, the Ethiopian child who may be the bearer of a miracle.

Gloria Naylor, author of Women of Brewster Place and Mama Day, has created perhaps her finest work in Bailey's Café. Her wonderful chorus of characters tell tales of woe and fortitude, prejudice and pride. Naylor has transformed the trials of these outcasts into timeless truths about the strengths of people everywhere.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 2/8/2014

    " I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was confusing but it really sucks you in... I need someone else to read this so that I have someone to discuss it with! LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed it at the surface level, but I feel like there might be more going on that I don't really understand. Over all though interesting stories, short, and easy read. Will probably read it again at some point in time to see if I get a different reading out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla Glenn | 1/31/2014

    " A fabulous writer/storyteller. I was amazed to be able to read such an intense work w/o having more insomnia than I did. Her characters are remarkable, as is her brevity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/28/2014

    " A beautifully written book, with amazing tales of desperation. I found it hard to follow because it was really a collection of short stories, each with its own narrator. A very sad book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne Stapleton | 1/26/2014

    " Naylor's book has so many different characters representing so many ways of looking at women or the Feminine aspect of humankind. An approachable book with a weighty message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Stoddard Rowan | 1/21/2014

    " I did not understand this book . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip | 1/14/2014

    " Gloria Naylor is a great story teller. What she presents in Bailey's Cafe is a collection of individual experiences that are at times poignant and at times painful, so much so that they can be difficult to read. But there is beauty and humanity and strength rooted in each character she has created. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna | 1/14/2014

    " Told through a very creative lens - weaving together character's stories and time and rhythms of life and music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Reck | 1/4/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deez | 12/13/2013

    " I feel Gloria Naylor is underated. I love her since I read Mama Day in high school. Not as famous as The Women of Brewster Place, but another one that should be checked out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 9/30/2013

    " Lots of great characters, one of which is a straight man who wears a dress because it is cooler in the heat--genious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Falbs | 9/26/2013

    " I'm still disturbed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathryn | 7/11/2013

    " Just re-read this - she is such a good writer. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Kulaga | 6/8/2013

    " horribly depressing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/25/2013

    " I read this a million years ago, but I remember liking it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 10/19/2012

    " Painful but beautiful in a heartbreaking way. Really tackles some pertinent issues of gender and race. However, I didn't like it as well as Mama Day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 4/20/2012

    " A little modern magical realism all set in a cafe where the lives of the patrons are explored. Great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Efundunke | 3/31/2012

    " The only part I remember is the end. Miss Maples was interesting. All the stories about women seemed dumped to the trash with his story and the Jewish man's story. Maples was the most interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/21/2012

    " A wonderful, contemporary companion to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 India | 11/16/2011

    " I love this author. Her use of language is beautiful and she creates really interesting characters. She deals with pretty serious topics which can be overwhelming at times. However, people actually do experience tragedy those sorts of tragedies. She gives a voice to the sadness and traumas in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Rapport | 10/15/2011

    " Totally awesome. Subtle, lyrical, human - Flannery O'Connor meets Nelson Algren. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Kretzmann | 7/27/2011

    " You love every character that comes into the cafe no matter how heart breaking their story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 4/19/2011

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammie | 2/27/2011

    " I did not like this book. The stories were disjointed. It was a book about mini stories about the same unhappy theme. But the stories did not flow together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna | 1/8/2011

    " Told through a very creative lens - weaving together character's stories and time and rhythms of life and music. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 11/7/2010

    " A little modern magical realism all set in a cafe where the lives of the patrons are explored. Great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Efundunke | 10/30/2010

    " The only part I remember is the end. Miss Maples was interesting. All the stories about women seemed dumped to the trash with his story and the Jewish man's story. Maples was the most interesting to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 7/5/2010

    " I enjoyed it at the surface level, but I feel like there might be more going on that I don't really understand. Over all though interesting stories, short, and easy read. Will probably read it again at some point in time to see if I get a different reading out of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 6/16/2010

    " Found it offensive and couldn't finish it. Hoping Mama Day stands up to the standards I remember it being. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Hill | 5/16/2010

    " I recently re-read this book. It is well written but doesn't keep me intersted although there are serveral stories woven together. There is so much description of what the characters are doing or feeling that my interest was lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/15/2010

    " A beautifully written book, with amazing tales of desperation. I found it hard to follow because it was really a collection of short stories, each with its own narrator. A very sad book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RK | 8/22/2009

    " read this before you do anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathryn | 4/18/2009

    " Just re-read this - she is such a good writer. Great read. "

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