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Criminal Minded

A Novel
Narrated by: Nicole Small
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

Lamin Michaels learned at his mother's knee the importance of chasing paper, so it's no surprise he gets into the drug game when he's just a teenager. When he meets Zion, a product of the New York City foster care and prison systems, Lamin knows he's met the perfect partner in crime. Together they build a huge narcotics empire.

Then Lamin falls hard for a beautiful girl named Lucky. Lucky makes Lamin realize there's more to life than cash and more cash. When Lamin goes legit with a career in the entertainment industry, Zion tries to keep their business going on both the street and the boardroom. It's not long before Zion becomes the target of a corruption scandal involving murder, extortion, and money laundering. Once the dirt is exposed, will Lamin and Zion be able to remain one step ahead, or will their paper-chasing days haunt them forever?

©2015 St. Martin's Press (P)2015 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

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  • MiyaB
  • 24-03-19

One of my favorite love stories

I've listened to this book more than once. I like the characters and their love story is so engaging that it will tug at your heart and have you rooting for the couples success. As always, Nicole Small brings the characters to life ; her male character voice is so sexy that I sometimes forget that a woman is narrating...lol. Overall this book is well put together, but be ready for an emotional rollercoaster!

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  • IN_Erin
  • 05-03-16

Couldn't Finish

I usually push through, but I just couldn't finish this book. No real plot to keep me interested. Based on the positive reviews, I'm not sure what I missed; however, it just didn't keep my attention.

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  • Molly
  • 23-03-16

Cliché

The best part of this book was the ending. I don't want to spoil it, but it's a different way to end what could have been just another cliché. The characters and plot line did fall under this category, however, which made the whole thing pretty tedious at times. The most realistic character was Papa.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend it. I think you can find something of a similar nature that's just better written and doesn't fall flat, as this does.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-05-19

good

this was a good listen and the characters were something else. I really didn't like dream cause she was ok with being the rebound female.

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  • gary
  • 04-11-16

1st book I have ever wanted to return

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

you will only like this book if you like terrible narrators with voices that just irritate you

What could Tracy Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not write it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I could not listen to them they drove me crazy

What character would you cut from Criminal Minded?

all of them

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have not been able to get through. Some in the past have come close but this one wins as I could not get through any more than 6 chapters. awful

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  • RK-NJ
  • 19-03-16

I was not Prepared

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found the language and frequent ghetto talk offensive.

Did Nicole Small do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Voices were varied. Intonation and slang seemed genuine.

Any additional comments?

I did not realize from the summary that this was the story of people of African American descent in a New York City housing project setting. The language (frequent use of profanity and of the "N" word as part of general conversation made the whole feel very gritty. While the story was enough to keep me listening, the "voice" of the characters was really offensive. Moreover, there was a theme of materialism throughout, along with the belief that any means to material things was alright.

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  • Nancy
  • 10-03-16

Not for me

What disappointed you about Criminal Minded?

I am sure there must be a story in there somewhere but I couldn’t find it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was horrible and didn’t really come across as a male.

Any additional comments?

I guess if you like pornography and violence this is the book for you. I usually try to continue on and finish a book hoping it will improve but I just couldn’t finish this one.
I must be in the minority but I can’t understand why this book got so many 5 star reviews.
This is my first and last Tracy Brown book.

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  • Lynne B
  • 29-02-16

Stereotypical story

Narration was good, but story was so weak. The overall story reflects poorly on blacks by characterizing most of it actors to be most concerned with sex, drugs and vanity. even the best character, Papa, who helped guide Lamin and the family , did so without seeming to offer any set of moral guidelines, but rather how to get out while the getting is good. I don't feel I came away from this story better understanding how another culture lives their lives.

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  • Winton D Jones
  • 22-11-15

Well written...

This is well written story with good character development.it held my interest the entire time that I listened.

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  • Shezira
  • 31-08-15

Hood drama

It didn't really feel like a book with a plot or anything but more so just the tale of every day life in the hood.

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