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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tananarive Due Narrator: Lizan Mitchell Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781449803100
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From the award-winning writer of The Good House, The Living Blood, and more, Joplin's Ghost is a chilling tale of a star-in-the-making whose life goes haywire as she is haunted by the ghost of a long-dead music legend. When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents' jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now twenty-four, Phoenix is launching a career as an R & B singer. She's living the life young artists envy and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. The music of Scott Joplin is strange enough to the ears of the hip-hop generation, but the idea that these antique sounds are being channeled by the protegee of rap superstar G-Ronn is nothing short of ludicrous. With growing violence in G-Ronn's inner circle and a ghost bent on living forever through her, Phoenix's life suddenly hangs in the balance," writes Tananarive Due. Can the power of her own inner song and the love of a music writer who believes in her give Phoenix the strength to fight to live out her own future? Or will she be trapped forever in Scott Joplin's doomed, tragic past? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " An excellent read combining the paranormal with romance, jazz and hip hop music, and history. It's never boring. "

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

    " Great book, but a little lengthy. Good character development. Really enjoyed the relationship between Phoenix and Carlos, as well as the one with her father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey Y Smith | 1/4/2014

    " I think this was an ambitious undertaking to link the spirit of Scott Joplin and his unfulfilled dreams to a young, 21st century R&B singer. I love reading about history so I loved the way the story moves from Joplin's time to current day. But overall, I did not understand it. One of my bookclub members had to explain certain parts to me. There is a scene where the main character is making love to her boyfriend and somehow Joplin's ghost gets involved in this encounter. That was too confusing for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 12/9/2013

    " I am a longtime Scott Joplin fan, and enjoyed this spooky look at what it might be like to have been touched (if only for a moment) by his genius and his pain. Solid writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodye | 12/3/2013

    " As a vocalist and music lover, I have a great appreciation for the story line in this novel. Due tells a colorful story of love. From the love of musical performance to the undying love between soul mates. It is also rich with actual historical facts about Joplin! A good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 11/18/2013

    " Do not remember what happen in this book. It has been a long time since I read it. However, the note I wrote in the book said that it was good. Therefore, I guess I will rate it as so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 11/2/2013

    " I loved this book. Haunting, chilling ghost story, romantic love story and rich musical history details. First few pages went slower for me, but I was enraptured by it. Look forward to reading it again. (Gift from my friend Mike, thanks, Mike!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yashica Bent | 10/17/2013

    " This book is fantastic! It scared the living day lights out of me though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 10/16/2013

    " Love, love, love this book! I do admit that I was uneducated when it came to Scott Joplin, but I feel that I have learned so much of his history as well as enjoyed a wonderfully written story. I had to listen to Joplin's music after reading this! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maurice | 10/15/2013

    " Storyline was interesting, but the dour inflections toward black history and culture made me sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naptasticdiva | 10/6/2013

    " She has the nack for rumbling in her books, that is the reason for the 4 stars. But I really enjoy her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanisa Bernard | 10/6/2013

    " Very, very good...plus phoebe returns in the blood colony series, DELIGHTFUL! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 9/11/2013

    " Love it!!! My favorite book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 8/16/2013

    " Rich in history!! This story weaves the life of Scott Joplin with the life of a contemporary R&B artist called Pheonix. This story will keep history buffs, romantics, and suspense seekers reading. Tananarive Due consistently keeps my mind open as a reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 10/15/2012

    " Loved it. More to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Hobbs | 7/21/2012

    " Amazing! I could sing Ms. Due's praises all day and all night. She is a phenomenal writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kindra | 5/20/2012

    " Due's The Good House and The Living Blood were much better in my opinion, but she is an excellent writer so I was equally absorbed by the parallel stories in this novel. What sticks in my mind the most is the scene in the opium den...whoa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camelia Pierre | 10/24/2011

    " This book was interesting, somewhat fiction somewhat truth. It actually introduced me to a new genre of music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Stephens | 5/11/2011

    " I was scared. But was a very good read and historic facts were excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyqd | 12/15/2010

    " I enjoy this author. She weaves a great spooky tale. Read it. It's good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 10/9/2010

    " heheh, a sexy encounter with the ghost of Scott Joplin.... what the???? and how did I come to read this? I forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 12/15/2009

    " Love, love, love this book! I do admit that I was uneducated when it came to Scott Joplin, but I feel that I have learned so much of his history as well as enjoyed a wonderfully written story. I had to listen to Joplin's music after reading this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 10/4/2009

    " I was scared. But was a very good read and historic facts were excellent "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maurice | 7/31/2009

    " Storyline was interesting, but the dour inflections toward black history and culture made me sick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mish | 7/30/2009

    " Such a great writer much fun to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/29/2009

    " An excellent read combining the paranormal with romance, jazz and hip hop music, and history. It's never boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/25/2009

    " Amazing! I could sing Ms. Due's praises all day and all night. She is a phenomenal writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murvin | 2/19/2009

    " I enjoyed reading this book but I found it to be very slow
    in building up to the plot. I enjoyed how the author was able to weave two different musical genres into a situation that was prove to be entertaining and educational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodye | 1/12/2009

    " As a vocalist and music lover, I have a great appreciation for the story line in this novel. Due tells a colorful story of love. From the love of musical performance to the undying love between soul mates. It is also rich with actual historical facts about Joplin! A good read "

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About the Narrator

Lizan Mitchell has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration as well as eight Earphones Awards. She appears frequently on episodic television and more recently in the feature film The Human Stain.