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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tayari Jones Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781449803117
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Award-winning novelist Tayari Jones delivers a story based on the 1979-1980 Atlanta child murders. Told from the perspective of three fifth-grade classmates, Leaving Atlanta is a vividly disturbing, but hopeful novel. The convincing characters, voiced by a full cast of narrators, make this a haunting and effective work. 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 Bonnie | 2/19/2014

    " There is so much to like about this book. The subject is gripping, the 3 main characters appealing, the family groups well defined. There is also some really good writing which is, sadly trumped by some incredibly amateurish writing. The constant barage of simile and metaphor is painful. I found myself gritting my teeth preparing for the next "like." Also the metaphors in first person supposedly attributable to 5th graders are ridiculously developmentally inappropriate. I found out after reading this that it was Jones' first novel. It is a promising start. I will definitely check out later work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/18/2014

    " I loved the writing style. The text was so vivid it felt like reading current news. I look forward to reading more by Tayari Jones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/13/2014

    " This book takes you through the lives of three different children in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1970s and the Atlanta Child Murders. Each child comes from a different home life and, while they aren't being freaked out b/c someone is kidnapping and killing kids, they are trying to navigate through the uncertain world of popularity, school, and family. I really liked how all the characters were tied together in some way even though their stories were different. I also liked the use of dialect to really show the kids' personalities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiswana | 2/12/2014

    " Leaving Atlanta captured the mind of a child in such an ingenious way that it left me seriously wanting more. Their thoughts and words were brought to life in this novel, and the description of how each child dealt with the tragedy was perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/10/2014

    " I love true crime and have read/seen many things dealing with the Atlanta child murders. I listened to it as an audiobook and I felt as though I was transported back in time. I became so invested in the lives of the children that were portrayed in this book. It was so interesting to see how each family dealt with the tragedy, how it affected the children, and how the children were connected, yet came from very different situations. I went through a range of emotions from happy, mad, sad.... Mrs. Jones go into my head. I would actually be very interested in reading another book centered on an adult Octavia and how this situation changed the course of her life. I have truly become a fan and can not wait for her new book, Silver Sparrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 1/30/2014

    " Jones, in her best moments, writes about children's lives with scary truth. Leaving Atlanta isn't a book about the serial murders that plagued Atlanta in the '80s, it's a book about the lives of children and how they happened to be affected by the phenomenon of serial murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/24/2014

    " Just finished reading this book and didn't like the way it ended. It was a good story but sad very sad. "

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

    " Setting is Atlanta suburbs around 1980/81 where black children are vanishing and being found dead. Not a heartwarmer, but the prose is heartwarming and fun. About 3/4 way through it-definitely recommend. Learned of the author in an interview in The Believer magazine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel McCarthy James | 1/3/2014

    " Outstanding. Jones' words just glide across the page. Few writers do the same justice to the emotional lives of children. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Star | 11/27/2013

    " This is my second Tayari Jones book, and I realize she really has a great way of telling a tough story from a child's perspective. I can't wait to read the untelling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/25/2013

    " This is my newest book club book. I don't generally like to read about murder on my days off, but this book comes highly recommended. I'll let you know what I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 8/15/2013

    " Every blogger/reader has to have a few authors that they champion, that aren't being read enough by their peers. Tayari Jones is that author for me. Why aren't more people reading her books? Why don't more people know her name? READ Tayari Jones! I can't wait for Silver Sparrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 3/14/2013

    " This was really good. Always fun to read a book that has recognizable references - Monica Kaufman, Mayor Jackson, etc. All the references ring true to someone who grew up in the late 70s/early 80s in Georgia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 1/11/2013

    " I can't even remember what this book was about but I know I read it. It must not have left an impression on me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/30/2012

    " Wonderful! The world of children during a disturbing and well remembered spree of crime in Atlanta! Tayari Jones captures the inner and outer world of children and the families who love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/8/2012

    " I always like a book that teaches me something I never knew without seeming like a history lesson! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pyles | 3/5/2012

    " The section written from the 2nd person point of view is what makes this book. The usage is unsettling and staggering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 1/3/2012

    " I just could not finish this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 10/8/2011

    " A very tough story about the rash of children murdered in Atlanta in the 1980's. It was hard to listen to -- so poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 9/11/2011

    " Compelling story that gives voice to the young people affected by the Atlanta child murders and reminds us that children need to be seen AND heard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisamarie | 3/20/2011

    " Ah! So sad and brilliant. I am almost done reading it. I feel like these kids are real. I think I understand the significance of the title better now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/20/2011

    " This is my newest book club book. I don't generally like to read about murder on my days off, but this book comes highly recommended. I'll let you know what I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 2/9/2011

    " The section written from the 2nd person point of view is what makes this book. The usage is unsettling and staggering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 1/22/2011

    " Every blogger/reader has to have a few authors that they champion, that aren't being read enough by their peers. Tayari Jones is that author for me. Why aren't more people reading her books? Why don't more people know her name? READ Tayari Jones! I can't wait for Silver Sparrow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TheChicBookworm | 1/14/2011

    " Leaving Atlanta captured the mind of a child in such an ingenious way that it left me seriously wanting more. Their thoughts and words were brought to life in this novel, and the description of how each child dealt with the tragedy was perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/4/2010

    " Wonderful! The world of children during a disturbing and well remembered spree of crime in Atlanta! Tayari Jones captures the inner and outer world of children and the families who love them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/10/2010

    " I'm not sure exactly when this book broke my heart, but when my boyfriend knocked at the door I had ten pages left and tears streaming down my face.

    A student said I needed to read this book and she lent me her copy. She was right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art | 2/12/2010

    " There oughta be a shelf for "rereading".... Even on a second encounter, this one still proves a wonder -- and a great book to teach too. "

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About the Author
Author Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the author of Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow. She holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers.