©1961 Harold Ober Associates; (P)2006 Right on Rhythm INC
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"I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!"
Yes. And would read it yet again.
I first read about Jess B. Simple nearly forty years ago in the park next to our local library. Out loud, entertaining my babies, I acted out the characters for them. They laughed at me and with me too.
The simplicity of being authentic and transparent. Truthful and humorous.
Sometimes real life is downright funny. Like a bunion acting up you're when walking the pavements of Harlem.
Humor is a hickey on the head of one who swung first and missed.
There are Jess B. Simples in pubs in Ireland, taverns in England, bars and clubs in every city in America, he can be found sitting on the porches or leaning against a pickup trucks in the deep south.
He was quietly effective, curious but not in your face. Asking leading questions, and waiting for an answer.
No, I pause it, take care of something serious and come back to it for some relaxing fun time
Loved this book, I have e read them all over the years, I own most of them
Jess B. Simple. This character reminds me of my late Uncle Earnest. If I did not know better, I would think that Mr. Hughes was around listening to stories that my Uncle would tell. Mr. Hughes' characters remind you of people that you know or once knew.
There was no scene that stood out more than another. However, the music background while telling the stories was fantastic.
I listen to this mostly while driving. One story at a time was good enough for me. Just did not tell enough stories.
When I ran across this book, I was looking for Langston Hughes "The Best of Simple" This audible was too short. When it was over, I wanted more. I would hope that more of Mr. Hughes could be available for purchase.
I remember Nap Turner reading the Jess Simple stories on WPFW years ago. So glad I found this.
Delivered beautifully and with great inflection and style. The narrator Nap Turner did this book much justice.
"This one is a gem!"
As a general rule, I find background music on audio books distracting but this one is well mixed. The voice is way out front like it should be; the accompanying jazz combo fits well with the narration and subject; and each short story has a different background music track. Very cool.
The Jes B Simple stories themselves are just plain great! I don't know how else to put it.
And to paraphrase an earlier reviewer we all know someone like this.
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