Listen free for 30 days

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Narrated by: Peter Francis James
Series: Socrates Fortlow, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Departing from his critically acclaimed Easy Rawlins mysteries, best-selling author Walter Mosley introduces Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con struggling to find his place in the world after 27 years in jail.

Living in an abandoned apartment building in South-Central L.A., Socrates is one step away from the streets. He bags groceries at the supermarket, collects bottles and cans to recycle for pennies, and feels himself slipping toward invisibility - that is, until he meets 11-year-old Darryl, whose already committed murder and is perilously close to slipping into a life filled with only violence and bloodshed. Socrates' determination to fight for and save Darryl lights his own pathway to self-forgiveness.

Lyrically written and deeply moving Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned provides an unflinching look into the hopelessness of poverty-stricken inner city life and into the life of one man who refuses to succumb to the despair around him. Narrator Peter Francis James perfectly captures Socrates' struggle to be a better man.

©1998 Walter Mosley (P)2002 Recorded Books LLC by arrangement with New Millennium Emtertainment, Phoenix Books

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kimberly
  • Kimberly
  • 09-03-16

Must read!

I loved the story! I would recommend it to everyone! Who likes drama and someone who is looking for a great book for entertainment this rating is well deserved the auto book made it easier to understand due to all the dialogue.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-16

amazing

I loved the book overall characters made it great and the audio made it better !

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for BusyBuyer
  • BusyBuyer
  • 11-09-19

Another great Mosley book about Socrates Fortolow

Socrates is the distillation of all the best and worst of what America has done to black men and women. Although he self confesses that he’s been a murderer he haunted by the evil acts and sees himself as evil all the while struggling to be heard and seen as a man who in the end wants to redeem himself but refuses to debase himself-yet his heroic acts towards his dying friend as it was towards the black dog brings him closer to trouble and even jail.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for James M Hall
  • James M Hall
  • 10-05-19

another great character<br />

Socrates is Mosely's new hero. honest, direct, raw and real. we want to be his friend sidekick.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for TONI J. JONES
  • TONI J. JONES
  • 27-03-18

Can you feel it?

Everyone finds one thing or event that makes you think of your own mortality and life’s worth . . . This was that for me. Amen

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Steve Scott
  • Steve Scott
  • 27-08-19

unkept promise

I kept expecting more. The characters and potential. were very engaging. the story felt disjointed, unreal and postmodern, like The Invisible Man. I prefer more straightforward stories like the Easy Rawlins series. Listening to this story was like constantly flicking a lighter which could not hold a flame. I also found the narration to be monotonous.