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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Herz Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469243382
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A young couple seeking a fresh start moves into a fourth floor walk-up in Sugar Hill, Harlem—where kids run through hydrants and music blares from stereos plugged into lampposts. When the husband notices trash marring the streets, he finds his cause. However, his best intentions go awry when his clean-up efforts bring media coverage that sets off a rash of evictions and ushers in an influx of new and affluent tenants.

His fight to clean up the block evolves into a quest to cleanse his soul, but the choices he makes cannot change the past and the secrets that haunt him. What exists beneath the surface can't be held down for long. On the last block in Harlem, accomplishment and love will clash, but which force is strong enough to win?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2014

    " A well-written and engaging story. Couldn't put it down. I like novels that make you think about how people interract with each other and the effect they have on the world around them. We all want to make a difference. We'd like the world to be a little more perfect - the way we think it should be. Christopher Herz does an excellent job of portraying the life of a very self-focused man who wants to do just that. But, sometimes, when we try to solve other people's problems, we make more problems for them and ourselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie | 2/13/2014

    " It was just OK...there was room to make it more interesting--but it never played out. "

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

    " A young man and his wife return to his roots, a block in Harlem where he writes and she goes to work as an architect. Yuppies, not in their own mind. When he sees the neighborhood is "trashy" he goes to work, sweeping it up. But his good intentions get caught up with ambitions to change Harlem to an area of affluency and he becomes a part of it -- for a while. Once he and the people on the block realize what's happening, they try to turn things around with one unintended result - the accidental death of his wife. His despair and what happens to him and his neighbors is the "suspense" part of the book -- totally unexpected ending. Great characters and I really got involved in what happens to the last block in harlem, rooting that it survives its roots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Cline | 2/7/2014

    " Liked it. Didn't love it. But it's always cool to read things about your own neighborhood regardless of the differing ideologies that the author and I have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Jamieson | 2/6/2014

    " EXCELLENT MESSAGE! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 1/26/2014

    " Um,some brief great writing and thoughts about cleaning up a block in Harlem, NYC. The story was lacked direction, always vering off somewhere usually not that interesting. Ending was bizarre. Ok, but could not recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasa Cotugno | 1/24/2014

    " Reminiscent of Adam Langer's Ellington Boulevard, one of my favorite books of last year, The Last Block in Harlem concerns the continuing inevitable gentrification of New York. Whereas the former book made a character out of the building in question, this novel casts a wider net employing the block itself. There is a central story of love and pathos and loss and misplaced choices, but is well written and compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/18/2014

    " What would you do if you felt like your job wasn't making a difference? That the words you poured out of yourself were a lie? One man's journey in Harlem and how he picked up a broom and found stories in his neighborhood while trying to find himself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/16/2014

    " Just plain weird...I don't recommend it and I'm a little nervous about my upcoming book club whe the author is sky ping in with us...not sure what to say to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hadley | 1/13/2014

    " I loved the first half, wonderful writing. In the second half, it became so plot-driven that the writing was sacrificed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillya Nashanchik | 1/6/2014

    " Touching and believable story with a morbid ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 12/28/2013

    " I think I was way too shallow for this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Wann | 12/20/2013

    " When I first began reading this book, I was under the impression it was a memoir. I was mistaken. It is fictional story that seemed plotless to me, for the most part, and the ending was downright strange. Maybe I missed something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Corcoran | 12/16/2013

    " Great short book, reminded me of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Does a good job mixing the real and the surreal. Not the best written book I've ever read, but very engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Velda Dedeaux | 12/5/2013

    " Not very impressed with this book. It's what I consider a short book, but it took forever to read (almost two weeks)! Not what I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis | 11/18/2013

    " This book was just...odd. I don't know. It told a story but it was so all over the place. I didn't really care for the main character. I really just didn't get his point and the ending was just bizarre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/12/2013

    " weird but good book. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beatríz | 6/24/2013

    " I really believed in the main character even as he was making major mistakes. I didn't enjoy the book because I was so disappointed in the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/29/2013

    " Can one man make a difference? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Fitzjarrald | 2/28/2013

    " Good Idea and Start. The end completely ruined it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The message was one that will truly make you think about what have you done with your life to make a difference. The characters we easily identifiable. This is one of those hard to put down books so it was easily finished in just a day and half by me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Henschel | 1/3/2013

    " I tried to get into this book, I really did. But I never liked the narrator, thought many parts of the narration were forced or fake, and completely HATED the ending. I was just disappointed all around. I feel like the concept of the story was good, but it wasn't handled in the best way possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 12/13/2012

    " I was hopeful. But the action was so ambiguous and confusing in the way it was presented that I would stop and be like--did that just happen? And the ending ... Forget it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kj | 11/5/2012

    " I loved this book! Made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Corral | 10/12/2012

    " i just love all things new york... "

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About the Author

Christopher Herz went after his dream of writing novels after working in the New York advertising world and seeing the possibilities social media and the digital revolution held for writers. He took to selling copies of his first book, The Last Block in Harlem, on the streets of New York. His unorthodox efforts and fresh contemporary prose garnered the attention of media outlets everywhere, earning him an early spot on the AmazonEncore roster. AmazonEncore then republished the book to critical acclaim, and Herz’s novel Pharmacology was released a year later. He is a graduate of the San Francisco State University creative writing program and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, where he writes extensively on art and culture. Born in New York City, Herz grew up in California.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.