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Publisher's Summary

In America, demons wear white hoods.

In 1915, The Birth of a Nation casts a spell across America, swelling the Klan's ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.  

Standing in their way are Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foulmouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan's demons straight to hell. But something awful's brewing in Macon, and the war on hell is about to heat up.  

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?

©2020 P. Djèlí Clark (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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The best story from a master mythmaker

Ring Shout is one of the most gut wrenching stories I've ever experienced, in a good way. One chapter in particular, in which Maryse Boudreaux confronts her deepest pain, tore me apart and put me back together again. This is a story about love, camaraderie, surviving trauma, and the power of righteous anger to remake the world.

P. Djeli Clark has become an autobuy author for me on the strength of his worldbuilding, myth-making, and how he writes fully fleshed-out female characters. At first I wasn't sure all the elements would gel - the history of the KKK, African myth, Lovecraftian monsters, and Gullah magic. But when he pulled everything together, it created something astounding and special. Ring Shout is a fresh take on the old tale of good confronting evil that centers the experiences of people of color. I thought it was his best work yet.

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So disappointed

This is a book that may have been a better read than listen. There were things in the story that I liked-the side characters, the aunties, the Night Doctors. The heroine was the most boring character, in my opinion, and I think the story suffered from her first person point of view.
My biggest problem with this Audible production is the HORRENDOUS narration. If I could give it less than one star I would. I almost gave up on it several times. in fact, it took me about a week to finish a 5 hour book, even though I have about an hour and a half commute each day. I felt like this was read like an audioplay more than an audiobook-every single word was read with over-the-top melodrama. The quiet times were read in the same style as the action times-too much drama! It REALLY distracted me from the story and I often had to just stop the book. I appreciate that she created different voices for different characters but the volume changes and the pitch changes were very jarring.
This narration was a choice but it isn't one I liked. I'm quite disappointed because I really wanted to like this book.

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Wow

I purchased Ring Shout, anticipating a vivid world, populated by fascinating characters, because it's P. Djeli Clark after all. He has this ability to create characters I can both identify with and relate to, no matter how different their world is from mine or they are from myself. I guess that's the mark of a brilliant story teller. I'm always on the look out for anything he publishes and haven't been disappointed yet.

Ring Shout is set post WWI. The feel of the time is beautifully recreated, the social structure, the gravitas of the situation and Clark adds in Lovecraftian supernatural elements that heighten the threat of what's at risk of being enacted - the KKK coming to power in the United States. (I researched Birth of a Nation, chilled by the movie's message and influence on society at the time.) The book also has a bit of a feel like a documentary, with interviews at the start of the chapters from people who participated in a ring shout, that adds validity to the events that unfold in that section. As the story grows there's also a deep attachment to the characters, warts and all.

Great story and Channie Waites' narration is _fantastic_. I especially liked how she perfectly captured the lyrical beauty of a song's description and then illustrated it by staying in character and singing their lines. Wow. Well worth the credit.

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This was phenomenal

I would think anyone who loves Lovecraft Country TV show would absolutely adore this.
This is easily my favorite book of 2020!

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May be better as a read

P. Djeli Clark has a extraordinary imagination that leads to a unique storyline and also interweaves true historical events from the early 1900s that brilliantly illuminate the madness of people’s racist rationales at the time.

I will say, this may be a better read than listen and may take some time to do so myself to see if the experience is a bit better. I felt very lost from the beginning. There did not seem enough backstory to ground the reader. The significance of the sword should have been explained earlier and more thoroughly. It seems Djeli likes a tale that is confusing and doesn’t make sense, i.e. Aunties from another land that aren’t really aunties and monsters; however, I wasn’t able to fully transition with the main character as she jumped all over the place like a rambling mind.

The narrator has a brilliant accent and singing voice that really bring the characters to life. She does lack some reading fluency however which really can pull the listener from the story at times. Overall, intriguing and worth a try reading versus listening for me.

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Amazing.

This is, hands down, the best book I've read this year. There are some interesting parallels between this book and Matt Ruff's LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, which I liked but didn't love. Ultimately, I felt like this book accomplished something similar that Ruff had set out to do in his novel, but P. Djèlí Clark did it better than Ruff. It's possible that the difference is in the authors' lived experiences and racial identities...

The narration for this audiobook is excellent. I'm looking forward to reading more works by Clark and listening to more books read by Chance Waites.

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Creative & Memorable

I really loved this book! The idea was very creative and so was the plot. I liked how the author mixed reality with fantasy. It reminds me a lot of. Lovercraft Country. I didn't like the narrator. But other than that, a good solid read.

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Garbage

This is the worst book I’ve ever listened too! Don’t waste your time on this one. The story is ridiculous and I tried to power thru it but I just couldn’t take any more. I got tricked by the positive reviews and I can’t believe Audible would waste time offering this GARBAGE.

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I love being told a story

The teamwork between the author and the performer makes a perfect case for audiobooks. In no way would I have been able to enjoy this book as intended by reading it on my own. I get cold chills thinking about the many ways the performer just brought a new dimension to so many moments.

I love being told a story means yes, there was a solid structure to the story. But the relationships were the meat of it. The denouement was sweet without indulging.

I'll definitely listen to it again.

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Bad story good narrator

very loose writen tale almost like a child rambling telling a confusing fantasy about monsterous kkkmonsters.

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Fun and Immersive Read

Lovely short and snappy book that is action packed and yet leaves room to think.

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  • 04-19-21

Incredibly Original and Damn Good!

Such a wicked spin on the KKK but done so well and the story is gripping. It delves into fantasy and the supernatural so don’t think it’s just a hack and slash tale, but it’s so well written and told. Channie Waites is AMAZING as the narrator, blows every other performer out of the water. PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS BOOK