The Talented Ribkins

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Audio (7.35 hours)
Product Number: Z100128815
Released: Oct 10, 2017
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ISBN: #9781538503348
Narrator/s: Kevin Kenerly
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At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn't have such problems: he's got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it's curtains. What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African American family that has been gifted with superpowers that are a bit, well, odd. Okay, very odd. For example, Johnny's father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he's been there or not. In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves the Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last. Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny's in a race against the clock to dig up loot he's stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother's daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own. Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois' famous essay "The Talented Tenth" and fueled by Ladee Hubbard's marvelously original imagination, The Talented Ribkins is a big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together.

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Author(s): Ladee Hubbard
Original Publish Date: Oct 10, 2017

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Author(s): Ladee Hubbard
Narrator(s): Kevin Kenerly
Product Number DD35668
Released: Oct 10, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538503300
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Author(s): Ladee Hubbard
Product Number EB00691599
Released: Aug 08, 2017
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Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: #9781612196374

Professional reviews

"Narrator Kevin Kenerly depicts several generations of family members as Johnny Ribkins retrieves money to pay off his mobster boss by digging up caches of it spread throughout Florida. At the first stop, he discovers his brother had a daughter. With the 15-year-old in tow, Ribkins reconnects with different family members, allowing Kenerly, through tone and inflection in particular, to show his facility with characters of all ages. Kenerly is particularly adept at depicting strong women as he shows the family dynamics in action. At each stop, Ribkins reconnects with a part of his history, recapturing his sense of pride, an attitude that Kenerly gradually builds into his persona. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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