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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikki Grimes Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780310555711
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“Both lyrical and powerful, Grimes’ unusual novel is mediation on faith and father-son relationships … Grimes’ commanding metaphors, authoritative style and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review “The elemental connections and the hope (“You made it / in the end / and so will I’) will speak to a wide audience.”—Booklist, starred review A guy whose father ripped his heart out too. Me and you, Ishmael, we’re brothers, two dark sons. Betrayed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys—modern-day Sam and biblical Ishmael—unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 2/14/2014

    " Short novel in poetry form. I really liked this one. Looks at the biblical story of Ishmael and pairs it with a contemporary character who is facing a parallel situation--losing a father to another woman and son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/6/2014

    " This book brought me to tears. It touched my soul. Abraham's son, Ishmael, and Sam, an African American living in modern day, take turns narrating the story. They have quite a bit in common. They are both rejected by their fathers, and then learn to continue with life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 1/7/2014

    " Dark Sons is the story of two young men, one during biblical times and one during modern times. They are both facing the fact that their father has chosen another family, another child, over them and how they feel about it. The relationship the two men have with God is tested as they try to come to terms with the direction their life is taking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It tells the story of two boys trying to make peace with both their god, as well as with the challenging circumstances they've been dealt. The poetic flow yields an easy read. Before using this in a classroom, I would have to supplement some background information of the relevant biblical story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar but it would still be an enjoyable read without it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 1/1/2014

    " Poetic recounting of Sam (and Ishamel) whose fathers abandon their mothers. New insights can be gained on the Biblical story of Abraham's son Ishmael and the modern sons of divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Hiskes | 12/9/2013

    " A novel of two intertwining stories told through verse -- Ishmael of Abraham's clan and another rejected first-born in modern-day Brooklyn. Grimes does a little too much telling for fiction, but the prose is readable and unpretentious. Cool experiment in format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R | 11/16/2013

    " I liked Ishmael's story more than Sam's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/3/2013

    " parallels between biblical and contemporary sons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/10/2013

    " Fantastic book. I read it in one evening. It compares Ishmael (Abraham's son) to a present day son. Well written and though provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 4/14/2013

    " Written in alternating poems comparing and contrasting the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam, a modern teenager in New York City. Interesting concept and well-written, but it didn't totally come together for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/6/2012

    " I love this book because it feels like your in the book. He talks about his hardship about losing his mother and I find it awesome how he let's out his emotions, because alot of the guys I know really wouldn't do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 7/10/2012

    " This book parallels the story of ishmael from the bible and a teen in the present and how they both dealt with being castaway from their fathers. Powerful imagery loved the poem form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 4/6/2012

    " I liked this better than A Girl Called Mister because the allegory was a little more subtle. And I like what she did to humanize the Bible story, which is an interesting one to start with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 10/21/2011

    " I really liked this story that weaves the story of Abraham and Ishmael together with a modern teen trying to deal with his divorced dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 10/13/2011

    " I have no idea how someone can tell two coherent stories entirely in poetry form and have it read like a novel, but Nikki Grimes does it amazingly well. I'm in awe. Definitely recommend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adji | 1/4/2011

    " I THINK THAT THIS BOOK WAS REALLY GRAT. I COULD REALLY RELATE TO THIS BOOK BECAUSE I'M GOING THROUGH WHAT SAM IS GOING THROUGH. HE HAS A REALLY TOUGH TIME DEALING WITH HIS FATHER GONE AND MARRIED WITH ANOTHER WOMAN. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/19/2010

    " This book brought me to tears. It touched my soul. Abraham's son, Ishmael, and Sam, an African American living in modern day, take turns narrating the story. They have quite a bit in common. They are both rejected by their fathers, and then learn to continue with life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 5/5/2009

    " Written in alternating poems comparing and contrasting the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam, a modern teenager in New York City. Interesting concept and well-written, but it didn't totally come together for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/10/2009

    " Fantastic book. I read it in one evening. It compares Ishmael (Abraham's son) to a present day son. Well written and though provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 10/15/2008

    " I really liked this story that weaves the story of Abraham and Ishmael together with a modern teen trying to deal with his divorced dad. "

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About the Author
Author Nikki Grimes

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in California.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.