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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sapphire Narrator: Sapphir Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.

In The Kid, best-selling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious. A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, The Kid tells of a 21st-century young man's fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul's journey, we are witness to an artist's birth by fire.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Roberta | 2/20/2014

    " I read Push for a class. While I can't say I would have ever voluntarily picked it up, I lost count of how many times I looked up a passage for the paper I was writing and found myself, yet again, at the end of the book. This, however, I just didn't care for. I picked it up at the library, largely because Sapphire had created such a compelling character in Precious that I really wanted to know what happened next, seeing as how this was the sequel and all. I have to admit that it really bothered me that a woman who had been through so much and took so much time and effort to turn her life around and be the best possible mother for her son, knowing that she had HIV, apparently never gave a thought to what would happen to that son she after she was gone. (I get that grandma wasn't an option - I wouldn't, either - but deliberately dooming a child to a life of foster care bothers me. A lot.) I can't fault her for not sharing her son's history with him (some things are just too much for a 9 year old to handle) but right from the get-go, it's pretty clear that this is not going to end well. I stuck with it, even after deciding I just plain don't like Abdul...or perhaps it's merely the way Sapphire writes from a male perspective. I slogged through Toosie's narrative...and by the time My Lei was telling her story, I realized I was skimming more than actually reading. With Push, I genuinely cared about Precious, and something in her story resonated with me. The Kid was the polar opposite in that I couldn't find a shred of empathy for any of the characters. I found myself longing for the brief snippets of journal entries that Push had offered, or some other storytelling device that would somehow make me care about these characters. Don't even get me started on the fourth part of the book, which was utterly perplexing and left me wondering what on earth I had just read. "Loose ends" is beyond an understatement. I like books that leave me with questions and stick in my head for months afterward. This was a situation where the ending was unresolved, and quite frankly, that pissed me off, since that was the sole reason I'd stuck with it - the hope of some (any!) resolution to some (any!) part of the narrative. Quite frankly, after writing a 10 page paper on Langston Hughes this past semester, I found myself spending more time drawing parallels between Hughes and the various events and characters of The Kid than I did processing or getting emotionally invested in the novel. I would say that perhaps that's the brain training of an English major, save that I don't typically have that issue except with novels I can't engage with. Ultimately, what I was looking for was to find out that Precious had been a good mom (she was), what had happened to the other girls from Each One Teach One (which we only get a tiny glimpse of), and that Abdul had ended up with a better future than his mother (he didn't), and I'm glad to be moving on to something else...which makes me sad, since Push was such a compelling novel, and this simply wasn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jess | 2/16/2014

    " I desperately wanted to like this book. I thought, how bad can it be? I mean Push was good, so this should be good too. It was really difficult to read, the language, the constant graphic language every two seconds, the lack of a closing thought. Some of the pages just went on and on without anything changing. All I know is that Abdul is into dancing and is having some problem with his identity and whether or not he is gay. This book is not nearly as poetic or well written as the last. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nan | 2/16/2014

    " It is seldom that I quit a book. I'm a good soldier and I slog through, but this book was simply too much. The kid is unlikable, his life unceasingly brutal. The voices were ineptly handled. When the kid was 13, he sounded 17. When he was 17, he sounded 13. Sometimes he sounded like a Rhodes Scholar, mostly not. Toosie's narrative, too, was thrust into a corner it didn't belong in. And where was Roman from? France? Italy? Russia? Brooklyn? I never quite understood his manner of speaking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jenn Vito | 2/15/2014

    " I really tried to finish this book, but just couldn't. I have a lot of tolerance but man alive, this book was so graphic and lewd. I made it half way through, barely. Not at all like Push, way disappointing. . . "

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