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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (428 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Ty Jones Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781436187268
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The author of thirty critically acclaimed works, Walter Mosley has had his novels translated into twenty-three languages. The Tempest Tales, an Essence Book Club Recommended Read, features Tempest Landry, a black man shot down by an over-eager cop. But that’s not the end of the line for Tempest. Unwilling to accept St. Peter’s judgment that he spend eternity in Hell, Tempest is sent back to Harlem—guardian angel in tow-to make things right.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjanette | 2/13/2014

    " Beautiful piece of prose that had me really examining some my unargued ideas about Heaven and Hell. the main characters Tempest and Mr. Angel are an awesome team whose dialect and banter kept me intrigued til the last page....definitely hoping to here from them again. All in all, an great read twice over!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/2/2014

    " He don't want to go to hell, so his fight to saty on earth or go to heaven thats what is going on in tempset landry life. And the fight is on when he gets killed by accident. Very good read "

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

    " The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley was a fast read that leaves you with much to think on. There are strong themes of religion and questioning of it in this book. Tempest Landry is walking home one night when police mistake him for a thief and shoot him. When he dies and stands before St. Peter and hears the list of sins and the pronouncement that he's being sent to hel, however, he denies his sin and that he should go to hell. This actually puts heaven in a predicament because apparently Tempest has the power to destroy heaven with a word. So, they send him back to earth with Joshua Angel, an accounting angel, to try and convince Tempest to accept his sin and be sent to hell. It's not an easy job. This is a fun read with lots of interesting moral quandries to ponder. "

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

    " This months bookclub book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Armstrong | 1/19/2014

    " Book that explores the light and the dark at the same time. Really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Revae | 1/19/2014

    " I bought this book out of the bargain bin at Borders. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Tempest raised quite a few questions that challenged intent for good when comitting not-so good actions. It's described as a collection of tales, but it read like a novel, with each tale being a chapter. I definitely would recommend this book for any book clubs or discussions about good and evil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Lopez | 1/13/2014

    " This was a thought provoking read. It was chosen as the senior summer read at OPRFHS this summer 2010. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vee | 12/25/2013

    " This is an interesting Walter Mosley sketch. That's it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 12/19/2013

    " Usually I prefer Walter Mosley's detective fiction, but this was an interesting change from him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/16/2013

    " This was an interesting book. Not great, not bad. I thought it had a couple interesting reflections on the concept of sin and justifications for what are considered sins. But I felt like race was entered into but not really addressed and was mostly just a distraction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 12/14/2013

    " Just wonderful. Deep and moving. Thought provoking. Other general words of praise. Seriously, just read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/4/2013

    " Walter Mosley takes on St. Peter and Beelzebub on the streets of Harlem - it gives a new twist on the meaning of sin and redemption from Amerika's only living black socialist mystery writer (that I know of anyway). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryane | 11/27/2013

    " I did not like the flow of this book. Maybe I wasn't in tune with the religious "good vs. evil" arguments, but it didn't make any sense to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 9/16/2013

    " A very unsatisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Geisthardt | 9/14/2013

    " An excellent quick read. A wonderful tale that looks at some of life's greatest questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Hamblin | 8/31/2013

    " A great debate of an angel, the devil, and their fight for a flawed man's soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 6/21/2013

    " I really liked this book. I read it in a week. It was really interesting to read how one man beleived that if you have a good reason for doing bad things, he souldn"t be judge for his sins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/22/2013

    " Shaping up to be a very interesting exploration of sin, examining life circumstances and the realities of humanity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 3/16/2013

    " Well-paced with compelling characters and dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sumayyah | 2/24/2013

    " Wow. This book was very thought-provoking. It deals with the gray areas of sin, and why we may not be what we think we are. A MUST read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ME HARDY | 1/5/2013

    " Book was okay. Did not end the way I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacel | 12/17/2012

    " A good find from the warehouse sale! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 7/15/2012

    " At this point Mosley can probably write chicken scratch on a napkin, print it, and sell it to millions of people. However, his story shows amazing imagination, and conjures up the questions of right and wrong, and our concepts of heaven and hell. At least I learned who Beelzebub is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaak Treiman | 6/17/2012

    " St. Peter condemns Tempest, who has been "accidentally" shot by the police, to hell. Tempest refuses. A sometimes humorous exploration of what is "good" and what is "evil" by Walter Mosely, who continues to experiment in different genres. He is one of America's best current writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/19/2012

    " Interesting book and quick read. Battle between heaven and hell by a guy who refuses to accept his sentence at the pearly gates. Debates over what is/isn't sin. I didn't like how it ended but a very different read for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Bowerman | 1/6/2012

    " I had to add the Audio CD version of The Tempest Tales because Ty Jones is an amazing reader with a voice that perfectly captures the power and growing humanity of Joshua Angel, who returns to earth with Tempest in order to convince him of his eternal damnation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/12/2011

    " This was an interesting book. Not great, not bad. I thought it had a couple interesting reflections on the concept of sin and justifications for what are considered sins. But I felt like race was entered into but not really addressed and was mostly just a distraction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Black Pearl | 2/4/2011

    " Enjoyable read. Thought-provoking and witty. I felt like the ending left me hanging but maybe that was the author's intent. Would love to see made into a movie (could see Morgan Freeman in the role of Joshua Angel and Don Cheadle as Tempest Landry). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/27/2010

    " Clever and entertaining. Listened to it on tape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea | 10/1/2010

    " Theologically flawed, but a good read nonetheless, and deeper than most. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/28/2010

    " This book was extremely penetrating. Placing Heaven, Hell, and Earth on the same level, the book kinda forced me to think third thoughts... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 7/20/2010

    " This was a thought provoking read. It was chosen as the senior summer read at OPRFHS this summer 2010. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 3/29/2010

    " This was a fun book to read about a debate between a Black man and an angel about why the guy shouldn't go to hell. I won't say who won. I wish it was longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/11/2010

    " An excellent quick read. A wonderful tale that looks at some of life's greatest questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/2/2010

    " Shaping up to be a very interesting exploration of sin, examining life circumstances and the realities of humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/2/2010

    " This is NOT a religious book. I say that so I can ask you, do you know what sin is? Read this book and you may change your mind. Written as only Walter Mosley could, it's funny and makes you think. Imagine questioning St. Peter at the pearly gates! "

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About the Author
Author Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series, including the national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL’s Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin’ the Dog. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Ty Jones is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.