• Gloria

  • By: Kerry Young
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Gloria

By: Kerry Young
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Publisher's Summary

Jamaica, 1938. Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever. Taking along her younger sister, she flees their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston. But in a capital city awash with change, a black woman is still treated as a second-class citizen. From a room in a boarding house and a job at a supply store, Gloria finds her way to a house of ill repute on the edge of the city, intrigued by the glamorous, financially independent women within.

It is an unlikely place to meet the love of your life, but here she encounters Pao, a Chinatown racketeer and a loyal customer who will become something more.

It is also an unlikely place to gain a passion for social justice, but it is one of the house's proprietors who instills in Gloria new ideas about the rights of women and all humankind, eventually propelling her to Cuba, where even greater change is underway, and where Gloria must choose between the life she has made for herself and the one that might be.Alive with the energy of a country at a crossroads, this is a story of love in many forms, and of Gloria's evolution-from a frightened girl on the run to a woman fully possessed of her own power.

©2013 Kerry Young (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Awesome story! And Robin Miles is a star!!

This is romance...intrigue....history....drama...well done! Robin Miles is wonderful, as always, delivering the story as no one else could.

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A reflection

I couldn't believe how much I saw myself in this character. You would have never guessed a Man wrote this.

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I strongly recommend this book!

If you like books with characters that leave you spellbound then this book is for you. If you like books that transports you through time and a place, where you can see and hear the setting then this book is for you. If you a mystery where you can not anticipate the ending until the end of the book then this book is definitely for you.
Kerry Young is a superior and skillful writer and she certainly knows how to bring people, places and time periods to life. I have read Pao and I was amazed but Gloria has left me dumbstruck.

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Be patient, this book is beautiful!!!!

The beautiful grit of this story will take you across seas, around bends, and through the veins of history not that long ago and still some how almost forgotten.
Half way through this book I was in tears. A woman's struggle set in a time many years back feels so close to our struggles today.
As the daughter of an immigrant born during Jamaica's independence I now understand what my mother's pride and political passion is rooted in.
I thought this story was slow at first, but I am grateful that I was patient.

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Robin Miles gives a masterful Performance

A 5 star rating because of Robin Miles' narration. This story was told in first person in a beautiful Jamaican accent. Robin Miles is the best!

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Bravo great story!

Performance and story will be well worth your time. The writer was able to engage my imagination to the time and place, bravo!

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  • 12-09-17

Great read!!

Absolutely loved this story. Didn't want it to end. A story of the turmoils of youth and how these play into adulthood. You felt one with the character and willed her to succeed

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  • 08-25-16

Superb

Just finished and what an emotional roller coaster. Pau was good but Gloria is superb. My only problem… it finishes too soon in the story.

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  • 07-14-16

A painted picture

my family are from Jamaica and St Vincent and it painted a Jamaica I knew very little about other than facts I have found. This story was all heart and had me laughing and crying with Gloria.