• The Awkward Black Man

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  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects 17 of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories - heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is", a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. 

"Pet Fly", previously published in the New Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company - a solitary job for which he is overqualified - and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

©2020 Walter Mosley (P)2020 Tantor

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Don't just listen, think.

I enjoyed listening to stories about black people, not people being black. There's a difference.

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a world we live in but have not seen in this way

Walter Moseley walks with us through an interior space populated by women and men examining their experiences thoughtfully and passionately. Each story seduced me: unique episodes in lives That don’t quite succeed, have relationships or fears of them that are don’t quite satisfy emotionally. There is a space between men and women that can’t happily be navigated in ways that expose difference inherent in their biology and psychology. I hungered for the next story yet I did not want the current one to end. The voice actor has a perfect tone and rhythm, intriguing quirks of enunciation and moved easily between genders. Mosely’s dialogue could not possibly be real yet it is still perfect, and his insights to human thought and behavior remarkable.

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Definitely Worthwhile It!

it is definitely worth checking out. However, as a Walter Mosley fan, it is not on the level of some of my favorites, but in general, top notch!

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So much fun!

What a range of stories, characters, and insights into the characters' lives! The best narration I've heard in a long time- like going to a play. Some of the stories do have humor, some of it sarcastic, and some of it just the way life is. I'll reread several of them for fun.

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It's okay

After being so engaged into Tempest Tales as my first Mosley novel, I wasn't a big fan of this one. As one review says all the stories were not too engaging but some were insightful. Will continue to dive into his novels.

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Love the stories disliked narrator’s voice.

The stories were great, but with narrator trying to talk with southern accent was painful to hear. He was putting extra emotions at times throughout this book and just doing too much. I would recommend this book only if somebody else narrated it.

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🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Loved this series of short stories. Walter Mosley does not disappoint. This was a demonstration of his ability beyond Leonid McGill & Easy Rawlins

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Mr Mosley has done it again

I always enjoy Mr. Mosley’s books. In this book, each story not was extremely engaging but sometimes eye opening n thought provoking.
Looking forward to reading many more.
Thanks again!!!

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Left Me Hanging

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A Great Read(or Listen)

I loved this book. it was full of surprises, laughs and uncomfortable moments. I look forward to Mosley 's other works.