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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl Cleage Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307914507
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Atlanta’s West End district has always been a haven and home to a coterie of unique characters—artists and thinkers, dreamers and doers. Folks here know one another’s names, keep their doors unlocked, and look out for their neighbors. Anyone planning to sell drugs, vandalize, or rob a little old lady should think twice before hitting this part of town. And Blue Hamilton, West End’s unofficial mayor and longtime protector, will see to it that you do. Blue wears many hats here, including adored husband to Regina, dear nephew to Abbey, and doting father to Sweetie and another little one on the way.

Blue is also the man you pay your respects to if you’re looking to set up shop in this urban enclave—just ask Serena Mayflower, whom Blue sees striding down Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard wearing skin-tight black leather pants, thigh-high boots, and bright red lipstick. This tall, slender, ethereally beautiful woman and her four equally striking sisters make up the Too Fine Five, a quintet of international supermodels who have arrived in town for an Essence magazine photo shoot.

But Blue’s gut tells him that there’s more to these Mayflower mademoiselles than their affection for full moons and Bloody Marys. With the help of his beloved Regina and their close friends and relations in West End, Blue vows to uncover the women’s secret intentions—and prove once and for all that there is no greater force on earth than the power of love.

A mesmerizing slice of not-so-everyday life, brimming with wicked wit and spiced with a few supernatural surprises, Just Wanna Testify showcases Pearl Cleage’s masterly storytelling at its soulful and satisfying finest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moments of kick butt fun…fans will be pleased.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Streetraker | 2/13/2014

    " Vampires? Pearl, c'mon now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/12/2014

    " The audio versions of this series is the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lena Carter | 2/11/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book as much as her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 2/7/2014

    " Well, once again I have learned the old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover," is true. I expected a suspenseful courtroom drama, something like John Grisham's A Time to Kill. It is rare that I find myself enjoying books about vampires. Just Want to Testify was well written and at times enjoyable. For vampire fans, I think this would be just the thing, and I will recommend it to them (I already have).It just was not a good fit for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/11/2014

    " Surprisingly enough I ended up loving this. I say that not because of the author, because I've loved all of her books. I'm saying it because when I read what the premise of this storyline was, I was taken aback. I don't love the very end, but I'm giving it 5 stars anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/4/2014

    " After seeing several plays written by Pearl Cleage, I was looking forward to reading her book. I have to say that I prefer her plays. Just Wanna Testify is a novel which uses vampires (magic realism) to tell an allegory about the chasm in the relationships between African-American women and men. There is a lot that Pearl Cleage can say about this subject which is obviously very close to her heart. I just wish that she had chosen another avenue in which to explore it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelina | 1/3/2014

    " This one wasn't my cup of tea. I really wanted to like it because I love Pearl Cleage and I love vampires. But I just found this one kind of ...corny, for lack of a better word. I didn't connect with any characters, and didn't "feel" anything for this one - maybe that was the point? In any case, at least it was a fast read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jewell | 12/29/2013

    " I couldn't get into this book so it had to go back to the library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 12/21/2013

    " I love Cleage, but I think her mind went on vacation when she wrote this one. Vampires,that only want men for sex and then kill them before they can cause problems. Then it's the "Dallas" cop out of "it was only a dream"? Come on! "

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

    " "Just Wanna Testify" was awesome. Having read the other books about the West End characters, I was wondering how vampires would fit into the mix. I was pleasantly surprised. What a beautiful story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tasula | 11/7/2013

    " I just didn't like this- it was non-eventful. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/31/2013

    " Very enjoyable Pearl Cleage! Very interesting conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 8/19/2013

    " a first read wins- and a winner from cleage. great characters and a story that pulled me in right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 4/23/2013

    " This book was funny, a vamp book which I do like........well written, funny characters, well some funny ones....lol an enjoyable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Singleton | 8/18/2012

    " reading this book left a smile on my face. it is a testament to the power of love and the author's ability to tell a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 6/28/2012

    " Well this one was just OK. I wasn't really feeling the whole vampire thing and plot. Kinda lame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Diamond | 12/11/2011

    " Pearl Cleage has done it again...never would I have put together vamps in Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina..but the question is what do they want...Cleage is so entertaining and I love Blue, Regina, Abbie, Aretha and Peachie...Great read.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shervon Hogsett | 5/30/2011

    " Not her best work. The themes were larger than the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 5/4/2011

    " Cute, easy read. Good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 4/7/2011

    " This book was funny, a vamp book which I do like........well written, funny characters, well some funny ones....lol an enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 4/7/2011

    " Cute, easy read. Good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 3/30/2011

    " Funny, witty, great characters and great southern hospitality!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 3/30/2011

    " Firstreads giveaway-thank you.

    Fun characters and storyline. Enjoyed the dialogue! "

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