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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Darnell Arnoult Narrator: Cynthia Darlow Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781440796807
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Author Darnell Arnoult has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and critical acclaim for her debut novel, the story of a woman coming to terms with mental illness. Gracie Hollaman finally decides to follow the voices in her head. She leaves behind her family for the small African-American town of Rockrun to join Mama Toot and Mattie. Together, the three will learn to shed their pasts to begin life anew. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis | 2/7/2014

    " I was a little suspicious when I started this book that it would be too religious for me, but I loved it - I loved the people and the way they changed as their lives changed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/1/2014

    " The story is just not believable, but the smooth, realistic southern dialogue and the no-nonsense wisdom of Mama Toot make this a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 joanna | 1/31/2014

    " I was really disappointed with this book and struggled to finish. None of the characters were likable (except maybe Toot). The story felt disjointed and never really came together for me. I was hoping it was like The Secret Life of Bees, but I saw only one parallel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgie | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed the intertwining of cultures the author creates in this story. Also, going into the schizophrenic mind without harsh judgment. I bought it specifically for this reason as I find the condition to be misunderstood in most every society. The only thing I found this book lacking was a bit more story behind the reunion of Doristeen and her mother, however I really admired Ed's character. It brings readers to know how a spouse is also affected by this illness and the search loved ones go through to try to understand it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lydia M. | 1/30/2014

    " Not a good read at all. I bought the book based on dust jacket comments by other authors. Did I read the same book....???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Gunderson | 1/8/2014

    " I wasn't wild about this one. Almost none of the characters were likeable and much of the action was unbelievable. 5 stars, though, for the way the author disspelled the many ridiculous but widely-held beliefs about mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, neither of which has anything whatsoever to do with "split personality". The writing was decent, and I definitely wanted to hang around to see how it all ended, but I just found it kind of dark and a downer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee Burns | 1/8/2014

    " Could not get into this book - I found it boring and there are just too many good books waiting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy Mckenna | 12/26/2013

    " Darnell Arnoult deals with 'crazy' in a truly hearfelt way when dealing with her character and the family. This is a hearwarming story of family and how they deal with trials and tribulations and come out on the other side with a better understanding of themselves and others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 12/18/2013

    " Very good book. A woman kind of goes crazy, leaves her husband and goes back to the black folks that raised her. Many sub-plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 11/28/2013

    " Sufficient Grace is a different kind of Southern Literature. The setting, the people, and the food definitely have a southern feel, but the storyline has a good bit of psychology involved, and this makes this book unique. I also enjoyed the characters and how the author connected them in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 11/19/2013

    " This book had so many different characters, it was interesting to learn how they all intertwined. I think we all need a Mama Toot in our life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariana | 11/5/2013

    " Good solid story--some characters a little trite, some better written and believed, and some of the tangents started never quite went as deep as I might have preferred, but overall, some very nice writing, an absorbing story, and a satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/16/2013

    " Great fun read, not too heavy, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 5/9/2013

    " This was a surprisingly satisfying story! Sometimes an author can get too many characters and storylines going, but Arnoult did a masterful job of blending them in a seamless way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/14/2013

    " It is a book with interesting interactions between characters. It has a mentally ill mother/wife who is the character that is pivotal to the multiple plot lines. If you are interested in family dynamics, this is an intriguing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tia Jensen | 9/15/2012

    " Happiest book about mental illness (schizophrenia) I've ever read. The author tells a compelling story about loss, love and acceptance. Beautiful images and wonderful dialogue. Loved, loved, loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aly | 6/29/2012

    " I can't put my finger on why, but despite having good characters and a decent story, I'm not bowled over. The components are there, and it's not a bad book, but it's not as good as it could be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissi | 5/4/2012

    " I think this is going to be one at the top of my MOST favorite books. The character development was amazing and the observations about life were the kind that I wanted to underline most of the book and memorize it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 11/9/2011

    " Never reached me, although it was interesting reading about Gracie's schizophrenia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona Finney | 11/9/2011

    " This book was recommended by my friend Ashley and was one of the best books I've ever read. It is my understanding that it was the author's first novel. I want to go live with Mama Toot too!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 5/10/2011

    " Could not get into this book - I found it boring and there are just too many good books waiting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 1/6/2011

    " recommendation from friend... good read! southern lit and a great storyline to boot!
    thanks jo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissi | 11/17/2010

    " I think this is going to be one at the top of my MOST favorite books. The character development was amazing and the observations about life were the kind that I wanted to underline most of the book and memorize it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 3/27/2010

    " Very good book. A woman kind of goes crazy, leaves her husband and goes back to the black folks that raised her. Many sub-plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 3/24/2010

    " Ooops...am still reading this book. "Brain freeze." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis | 3/14/2010

    " I was a little suspicious when I started this book that it would be too religious for me, but I loved it - I loved the people and the way they changed as their lives changed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Shanti | 6/16/2009

    " When I read at the end of the book that the author had a mother with late onset schizophrenia I was even more impressed with this book.
    Her characters are wonderful and I love Mama Toot! "

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About the Narrator

Cynthia Darlow’s unusual voice makes her devotion to the spoken arts a natural fit. As a narrator and veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, film, and television, her characterizations and facility with dialects are unforgettable. Her audiobook narrations have earned her seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), whose mission it is to present concert performances of long-neglected, language-driven plays.