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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ravi Howard Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781622316076
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A daring novel that explores race and class in 1950s America through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary. "Velvety smooth fictional memoir... [His] prose goes down like the top-shelf whiskey that Weary favors."<#151>Publishers W Download and start listening now!


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  • “A moving tale about bigotry and the power of friendship.”


  • “Ravi Howard tells a thoroughly convincing story about the singing star Nat King Cole’s best friend…[A] warmly enveloping book…Appealing.”

    New York Times

  • “By following Howard’s characters, we are allowed a sidelong but penetrating glimpse into one of the most important events in American history…Howard bends history…proving that the past can be best felt through refracted light rather than under the harsh glare of historical fact.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Howard brings readers back in time to postwar Alabama, in this velvety smooth fictional memoir…[His] prose goes down like the top-shelf whiskey that Weary favors, making for a heady reading experience.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Powerful…A personal, poignant portrayal of how the lives of African Americans could be so easily derailed by racial inequality.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Through unfussy language and well-formed characters, Howard takes readers of all races, ages, and classes into the world of pre-civil rights-era black people, offering insight on and understanding of one of our country’s most tumultuous periods.”


  • “Alternating between the cities and Weary’s past and present, Howard explores race relations in the pre–civil rights era and the strong ties forged between two extraordinary men.”


  • “Narrator Adam Lazarre-White perfectly conveys the two very opposite voices of 1950s African-American singer Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary…Lazarre-White inhabits Weary as he serves time in a tough Southern prison and then portrays his changed life when he works for Cole. Listeners will feel as if they’re privy to conversations in pre-civil rights America, a period when buses were boycotted and Cole had to sponsor his own fifteen-minute program. Most impressive is Lazarre-White’s rendering of Cole’s lovely, mellow speaking voice.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2015
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