• Thug Notes

  • A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature
  • By: Sparky Sweets PhD
  • Narrated by: Greg Edwards 
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sparky Sweets, PhD, and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series Thug Notes. In this audiobook you'll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of 16 of literature's most beloved classics, including: The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, The Color Purple, Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, and more!

Thug Notes has been featured on BET, PBS, and NPR and has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. Whether you're a student, teacher, or straight-up literary gangster like Dr. Sweets, Thug Notes has got you covered. You'll certainly never look at literature the same way again.

©2015 Sparky Sweets (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

" Thug Notes is taking wonderful literature and making it understandable, embraceable and making it usable." (Tavis Smiley)

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Awesome performance!

This is one of the books that is a must-listen! Hilarious, insightful, educational, engaging and entertaining throughout! Greg Edwards does a phenomenal job! Looking forward to the next book by Dr. Sweets 😘 😉

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Best notes EVER!!!

Never has paraphrasing been so hilarious and informative. Where was this, when I was younger???
Great book.

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Love it!

Highly recommend it! It's fun, humorous and very educational. Greg Edwards / Sparky Sweets, PhD translates classical works into modern times without losing their meaning and message.

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Exelent, but lacks a conclusion.

The book was really fun to listen to but was missing a clear ending. it just dropped off. would be better if it had a summary/conclusion.

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Better than Cliff Notes

I like the breakdown of the classics into themes and character analysis.

While the narrator made good Street comparisons, it seems like it was forced with some of the remarks.

But overall I was able to take away the message of the books.

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Mad insights

Astute overviews of some classic literature books. I'm not a huge fan of classic literature, so having the stories condensed with insightful comments on the main takeaways definitely made those books more understandable and intriguing for me.

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THIS

it's everything I hoped it would be: Brash, vulgar, hilarious, and brilliant. if you enjoy Sparky sweets five minute video reviews of great works of literature, you'll love his 20-plus minute discussions of some of those same works.

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An intelligent analysis of literature: FO' ERRBODY

Would you listen to Thug Notes again? Why?

It has been often said that those who truly know their subject matter can simply and clearly explain it to ANYONE. Sparky Sweets PhD is therefore a highly knowledgeable and learned authority of literature. Moreno than any other I've heard.
He can explain classical literature to anyone, keeping the listerner/reader engaged all the while, and he proves it in this book.

If I were a teacher in collegiat classic literature, I would present this to my class as a powerful learning aid. A wonderful perspective to aid in understanding the subject AND keep my class engaged while they read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously, the narrator was my favorite speaker. I eagerly await his next project!

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Excellent

The narrator was perfect for this! Loved the way he described each story. Funny and insightful.

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A great modern speak version of Cliff Notes.

I confess I am an addict of the YouTube channel that this is on. Sometimes the language is a bit uhm crass or blunt, but it's like the podcast Small Town Murder you just can't help but love it. In a way at times I understand Sparky Sweets' way of breaking down the books better. He brought the plot and message of A Handmaids Tale to me clearly. Because I was honestly a bit confused with the end of that one. If your kids are at the age that will be exposed to the language anyway and you homeschool (YES! Hold on to your panties!) I say that this is a great reference.

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