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Publisher's Summary

My Time to Shine takes listeners into one family's struggle for survival during the crack epidemic of the late 1980s.

Black, a small-time thug with big dreams, discovers the demand for crack cocaine in the Virginia housing projects where he lives and sees the drug as a meal ticket for his family. His younger cousin, Lo, who idolizes Black, joins him in his business endeavors. But as they work side by side with hustlers and killers, the pair is soon thrown into situations beyond their control, and the bonds of their family are thoroughly tested.

©2006 Edd McNair (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing and Urban Audiobooks

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  • January
  • 21-09-20

This took me back...

I would have given this book more stars if it flowed better. It was long and drawn out during certain chapters and very underdeveloped in other areas.
Than being said, I spent the majority of my youth (teenager to mid-twenties) rolling up and down the streets of the "7-cities" in southeastern VA. I did so much clubbing at some of the clubs mentioned in the book and some of them I was too young get into in '96 (I was 18 yrs old) to early 2000s. I remember wanting to get in the Broadway Club so bad and the age was 25 and up, so we had to go to City Light in Chesapeake which was 18 and up. I also used to party on the campus of Norfolk State University which also mentioned, Club Picassos, club on Shore Drive and hit up the Waffle Houses or Ihop... and I am/was VERY familiar with Lake Edwards apartments, Thats were all the bad boys were, and I was a good girl so that's what I was attracted to :-) Newtown Road near Va Beach Blvd,...the McDonalds, the Shoney's. And when he mentioned Bennigans....OMG ( had to be the one that used to be in Norfolk!) MiIlitary Circle Mall, Greenbrier, just WOW. That took me WAAYYY back. ...and a big THANK YOU to the author for shouting out my home town Elizabeth City NC, I LIKE THAT!!

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  • Mrs.
  • 23-11-20

Very boring

Very boring I couldn’t get into. the person reading the book didn’t make it any better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-20

Dope

I love a good Urban fiction, I just moved to the Hampton roads area of Va. This was dope can't wait to listen to the next one..

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  • rachel ware
  • 28-09-22

It was a drag

It was ok it’s seems like the story was dragged on after so long I ready for it to be over I’m the beginning I couldn’t pay attention. It was ok

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  • Lorraine
  • 27-07-22

Worst storyline

I honestly listened to this at night to put me to sleep. The story was about nothing. Just day to day events. Never felt a connection to any characters. There was no point to this story what so ever.

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  • Audrea
  • 16-05-22

This book did keep my interest

It’s an okay book. But the majority of the book is about streets and locations. The book could have have more of a story line.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-22

Main Character Sucked.. Everything was Awful!

The main character really sucked! He depends on everyone for his so called gangsta! He is abusive and simple minded. Everyone in this book seemed simple minded. It bored me. Reminded me of a lecture. The reading was horrible! This book was not realistic as far as financial awareness. Money cannot go that far. 400,000 is not enough to buy all of that stuff. Anyway.. HORRIBLE!!

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  • Chevela
  • 17-03-22

Wrong narrator!

This narrator was awful. I had a hard time staying awake. He bored me.

The book itself was just ok.

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  • Cadejia Trevino
  • 19-01-22

It was okay

Book was all over the place i was confused most of the read had some good parts tho

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  • Savvy Super Shopper
  • 24-12-21

Narrator Carried This One

This rags to riches gangsta money clothes and heauxes typical hood story was okay. The narrator carried this one and did a great job. Otherwise I would not have made it to the end.