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The Man in 3B

By: Carl Weber
Narrated by: Mike Ray,Shay Moore,King Parker,A. Jai Simone,D. Michelle
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Darryl Graham, or as his new neighbors call him, The Man in 3B.

Darryl's new to the Jamaica, Queens building, but from day one he's made quite an impression on his neighbors. He has made it very clear he greatly values his privacy, but he is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be, so inquiring minds want to know. Unfortunately, in Darryl's world, what you know can hurt you. And when he winds up dead, those inquiring minds become the prime suspects.

Darryl has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his down-to-earth personality to his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Darryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.

Darryl is quickly welcomed into the building and immediately becomes a part of each of the tenants' lives. Connie, an overweight and unhappy wife, turns to Darryl for help losing weight, hoping to try and fix her crumbling marriage. But when Darryl starts making Connie feel beautiful again, she questions whether or not her marriage is worth saving. Benny, a spoiled teenager, looks up to Darryl as a role model. When an unexpected event occurs, Benny is left questioning everything he's ever known. Krystal, Darryl's first love, wants to make things work with her current boyfriend. Yet having Darryl back in her life sends her happy home spiraling out of control. And, last but not least, Avery, Connie's husband, doesn't care about anyone or anything when a financial opportunity comes his way - that is, until he notices how much time his wife is spending with their new neighbor.

Everything seems to be going well, until someone is murdered, and everyone becomes a prime suspect.

©2013 Carl Weber (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Epilogue brings the story together

I was waiting for Carl Weber to drop a new book and I wasn't at all disappointed with this mystery. I like how Carl Weber let us meet the characters and the situations in their life that help you connect to the charcter. You even get the opportunity to meet the man in 3b and learn a lil about him before his death. I don't want to give anything away but I did like the narrators and the story was put together very well. It wasn't one of the best books I have read by Carl Weber but it kept my interest. Pretty good book Carl.

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Pedestrian and Stereotypical

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I couldn't listen long enough to comment on the entire plot, because the writing was so stereotypical and pedestrian. I am sick and tired of black women being portrayed as desperate whores and sexual animals. When the first character encountered women on the stoop of her complex, they sounded like B in heat. What made it worse is that they were married. Then the married woman climbs stairs, cannot catch her breath, but perseverates on and on about this guy being so attractive and sexy that she was willing to entertain sexual fantasies about him, without knowing him, and go on and on about what she wanted to do with and to him. In the middle of respiratory failure, this guy asks her if she's all-right, and her mind leaves her physical distress as she lusts after some stranger? Please. give me something with plot twists and depth, and dialog between human beings and not people ready to jump into bed with people less familiar than even strangers. How far the mighty have fallen.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Weber again?

Not at all.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

There were no favorites, at all. No insight, predictable, and formulaic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing. The narrators are accomplished actors and voice-over-greats.

Any additional comments?

It seems like some non-black wrote the book, or some black person who has joined the band-wagon of portraying black women as lust-ridden-animals, abandoning all logical thoughts or action in order to think or act on endless lust. I could not finish the book-junk in, junk out. I am longing to read meaningful stories by substantive black authors, but I suppose such books could never pass the muster of the system of you-know-what, in the West. If you portray all black men as criminals, all black women as sex crazed whores, then I guess you have a best seller. Also, in most black books, black people have miserable lives, etc,, which is why I rarely buy fiction books written by modern black authors. This is my opinion. I have found, with rare exceptions, that nothing in any form of media, save the occasional honest documentary, or actual lectures on YouTube, remotely reflects the real lives and characters of actual black people, who are the most diverse group on earth, Give me something where they aren't criminals, or downtrodden by racism, or sex-crazed-dogs, or on drugs. I guess that's what sells, but I'm not buying.

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DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I got paid to listen to it. I'm talking thousands of dollars

What could Carl Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made it remotely interesting and provided the characters with some depth

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Clearly they have never narrated an audio book before. It was appalling.

What character would you cut from The Man in 3B?

I was considering cutting my own throat after listing to this sh!t, but I'd just cut all the characters and listen to silence.

Any additional comments?

RUBBISH

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Another great one by Weber!!

I love Carl Webers books, and once again he put out a story with lots of drama, fast pace, and entertaining!! My favorite part of the book was the ending, it was so unexpected!!

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Outstanding

If you could sum up The Man in 3B in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, renaissance man, intriguing

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man in 3B?

The end, I don't want to give it away

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never, but I loved it

If you could take any character from The Man in 3B out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Darrell, because I would love to learn more about him

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So-So Read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book to a friend. It was not like the previous works (pre-Business series). Parts of the book were predictable.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not sure. I think the storyline was pretty fair. I was looking forward to a more dynamic story. Perhaps the character of the man in 3B could have been more developed.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Yes

Do you think The Man in 3B needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I think the author already missed the opportunity to develop the man in 3B's character and therefore the book was fairly predictable.

Any additional comments?

I am waiting for the author's next book. I love his earlier works with the guy ensemble series, his Big Girl series, and his church series.

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Twist and Turns

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. If I were a nail bitter I'd have nubs. I like the fact that ending is not what you'd expect. I tried throughout and was happily surprised.

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LOVED IT!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Man in 3B to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print version, but the narrorators MADE the story for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is probably Connie, I liked her because no matter what was going on she always kept her mind on what she needed to be doing. Even when her husband was treating her badly she still was doing everything in her power to try to save her marriage, and she didn't let him break her spirit.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have listened to anything else read by them.

If you could rename The Man in 3B, what would you call it?

I think that title fits the story well.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to another book by Carl Weber which I really disliked, and said I wasn't going to listen to anything else of his. But this book kept coming up in my recommendations so I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I decided to listen to this title, I would say it ranks up there as one of my favorites.

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Wow!! Entertainment! Excitement and Suspense!!

Well written with plenty of drama! Great plot that had me laughing out loud and talking to the characters: "yeah, well, you should know better!" I really liked the end of this story.... I didn't see it coming, but I got my wish for a happy ending. Be ready to suspend your belief when it comes to police procedure, but it works in order to push the story along the path to the ending that is a real surprise. The narrators are wonderful and performs the story well, even tho I didn't particularly like the "valley girl" voice for Crystal but after getting into the story, I begin to feel that the voice was perfect for the character's personality and even started to like the voice. Highly recommend for the entertainment value...

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Not bad at all...

Started off slow but got better towards the middle. I enjoyed listening to all of the narrators.

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  • 01-29-16

Tidjane

Absolutely amazing. I could have never thought about an end like this. Finished the book in less than 2 weeks. Carl Webber hit it again 😁

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Good listen

I enjoyed it a lot and managed to finish it in less than a day!