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Summary

Have you ever had everything you love snatched from your hands in the blink of an eye? Do you know what it's like to watch helplessly as those you cherish burn to a crisp? Have you ever heard a mournful cry for street justice and then realized that the only person left to heed the call was you?

Pearl Baines is a straight Harlem stunna. She and her twin sister, Diamond, are chased by some of the most notorious ballers in New York City. But while their father, ex-gangsta Irish Baines, devotes his life to rehabilitating young thugs, his sexy twin daughters fall hard for the glamour and glitter of strip clubs and street life. Unlike Diamond, though, Pearl is able to shake off the trappings of the hood in search of a better future. After graduating at the top of her class, Pearl becomes an FBI agent and plans to get as far away from the grime of Harlem as possible. But fate is cruel, and the streets always get their due. On what should have been the happiest night of her life, Pearl's family perishes in a ball of merciless flames - flames intentionally set on the orders of Mookie Murdock, her father's archenemy and the most ruthless gangsta in Harlem.

Crazed with grief, Pearl becomes unzipped. Hell-bent on retribution, she prepares for battle in New York's urban jungle. With the help of Menace, an ex-lover who once trampled all over her heart but was deeply loyal to Irish Baines, Pearl puts her FBI training and tactical skills to work in a murderous mission designed to do what her father wasn't able to: take down Mookie Murdock, and his entire crew, one at a time.

Noire is an author from the streets of New York, a #1 Essence bestselling author, and the editor-in-chief of NoireMagazine.com.

©2010 Noire (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

Critic reviews

"Noire is Dickens for the age of dojah, donuts, and dawgs." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A powerful novel...a story that takes many twists and turns....Highly recommend[ed]." ( Urban Reviews)

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  • Miss.Mickey(^^^)
  • 26-02-13

I GUESS

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was on board when I was listining to it but once I was done it just did not leave a lasting memorie

Would you recommend Unzipped to your friends? Why or why not?

No just cause I am not a 100% fan of it.

What about Nicole Small’s performance did you like?

Nicole

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NOOOOOO

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  • paul
  • 05-02-13

Great story .

Would you consider the audio edition of Unzipped to be better than the print version?

I haven't read a book in many many years, however, I just love Audible Books

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unzipped?

The whole story was outstanding, and very well narrated. Once I started listening I just had to carry on till the very end.

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  • Cherie
  • 09-11-12

WONDERFUL!!

Would you listen to Unzipped again? Why?

Yes! It was a thrilling and step by step moment by moment hanging on Nicole Small's every word. Great intonation! Love the story line!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unzipped?

The deaths of her Pearl's family! But each and every chapter captivates you!

What about Nicole Small’s performance did you like?

She has a great voice and very smooth! Perfect intonation! I loved her!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! But I couldn't so each day I was excited to go to work so that I could listen!

Any additional comments?

I am so happy that Noire has finally gone audible cause I read a few of Noire's books and since I found audible I knew his books would be a hit on audible.

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  • LAVANNA J.
  • 02-08-18

Great

Nicole's voice will have you mesmerized! Story is amazing. Pearl is a beautiful strong beast!!

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  • twanna brown
  • 18-07-18

good book

I loved this book. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Touch my family I'll touch your whole life. well read.

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  • Cherima Callwood
  • 03-04-18

Awesome Read!!

This is of my favorite audiobooks. A little street edge with some inspiration to it. Good job!!

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  • KSB4EVE
  • 07-02-18

one of the best book

One of the best books I've ever encountered it was scary in the beginning but great at the end

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  • WristCandi
  • 24-01-18

Must Listen!

This Book Was Deep. I Loved It!!!
It Was Detailed And Heart Wrenching. Definately Recommend It

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  • Lucas Zelitt
  • 30-11-17

Dragged on!!

Dark story with happy ending that seemed to drag on , on not Noire 's best work.

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  • Mrs.SSmith
  • 26-11-17

absolutely a great book

Definitely kept me going during my long drive! Pearl was cold-blooded and I loved every bit of it.