• The Coming

  • By: Daniel Black
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lyrical, poetic, and hypnotizing, The Coming tells the story of a people's capture and sojourn from their homeland across the Middle Passage - a traumatic trip that exposed the strength and resolve of the African spirit. Extreme conditions produce extraordinary insight, and only after being stripped of everything do they discover the unspeakable beauty they once took for granted. This powerful, haunting novel will shake listeners to their very souls.

©2015 Daniel Black (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" The Coming is powerful. And beautiful...This is a work to be proud of." (Charles Johnson, National Book Award winner for Middle Passage)

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A Necessary and Disturbing Read

This story, The Coming, by Daniel Black was disturbing. Mr. Black's ability to create the horrific conditions of the kidnapped African people who were strapped to ships, raped, and mistreated, and mutilated, is brilliant. In the midst of creating that trouble and the impact of the troubling situation he was still able to describe a people of hope.
Many times during the reading I had to pause the playback and rant to the dashboard and seats of my car. I was vexed to the point of tears in some instances and pushed to casting harsh judgement on all the Slave-Trade characters Black placed in the story. At some points I had to stop the reading altogether to allow myself time to process all that had been presented. But, once I got myself together, I'd start listening again. Thankfully, my church conducted a Bible Study on this text and we were able to share all our pent up emotions together once a week.
For those people who want to forget the entire period or to "move-on" from this nadir of humanity's treatment of itself, I say read Daniel Black's The Coming. Why? you may ask....This will help you realize that we cannot forget the journey of these people because their journey is part of who we are whether we are of the African Diaspora or from Europe. For those who proclaim loud and clear the terror and inhumanity of this historical story, you will embrace this book and this author for his ability to describe the rawness and wickedness of the entire Slave-Trade.
The Coming is a Must Read....but be ready for emotions that run deep.

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To walk in their shoes

Brings the unimaginable to life. Allows you to even if for a moment ,walk in their( shoes).

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An interesting view of the Middle Passage

From the eyes of the encaptured Africans, We see what they probably experienced. We see how several hundred captured dwindles down to the one and what each one experiences through their travel aboard ship as well as what they experienced at auction.

This was such an emotional read for me because I am here due to my ancestors going through something as described in this story. God Bless them because the survivors had to be some strong people both mentally, spiritually as well as physically.

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Looking through their eyes

It so vividly expressed the hardships and thought process that a people had to endure just to survive. I was moved to tears on several occasions. Could I have survived? Would I even want to? Daniel Black didn't make this about just one person. It was a portrait swirled together by a group from different tribes who may at one time were enemies, but now share the same fate. Sad sad story but beautifully told.

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Unique

The Middle Passage was told in a story book fashion to keep the interest of the reader The facts and tragedy were relayed quite vividly.
I enjoyed the audible and would recommend it to anyone.

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Narrator put me to sleep

The narrator was so monotone and expressionless, it was a struggle for me to finish this book. I kept imagining it being read by Bahni Turpin and how she could have breathed some life into this grueling content. Poetically written about a very sacred and hard to talk about subject, I appreciated the way in which the story was told by the author, but not by the narrator. Save your money and read the book yourself.

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A Glimpse Into The Middle Passage

Brutally realistic and vivid depiction of the middle passage. If you want to know what it was like....this is literally it. An angle that I never heard.

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Powerful

I loved this book. It is a heavy, yet necessary read. If you do pick it up, don't rush through it. It is written in a way that will allow you to do just that. But resist the urge.

Take your time with this.

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Excellent

Absolutely LOVE this book and the perspective in which the author wrote it. I was completely enraptured from the beginning. So much that I listened to the entire book in one day over the course of about 11 hours. It's truly enlightening and I could visualize the slave ships and the atrocities our ancestors had to endure. A great read, indeed!

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Heavy

This book was really heavy on my spirit. The story was well organized and told as if it was the author personal experience. I didn’t want to finish the book but there are truly life lessons within the story.