Soul and Diana (An Atlanta Love Story) by Jade Jones and narrated by Derrick E. Hardin is an emotional ride for adults. Would recommend if you're looking to feel, try something new, or if this is your usual cup of tea. (Full review below).
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Where to find the author: Jade Jones
Where to find the narrator: Derrick E. Hardin
Soul and Diana (An Atlanta Love Story) by Jade Jones and narrated by Derrick E. Hardin was an emotional ride! I’ve been looking at Jade’s books for a while now and had an opportunity to request the audible version and glad I did. It’s an in-your-face, on the edge of your seat, emotional listen for adults.
The story goes back and forth from the present to the past. I had no problem keeping up with it, but it left me wanting to know more of Soul and Diana’s history (you do get enough info to understand what’s happening in the current book). I found myself rooting for Diana more than any other character I’ve read about (maybe because the reality of some of the situations/knowing others who have been in similar situations hits close to home). There is no shortage of action and drama. Some folks might have problems grasping the slang, but that’s what Google is for. It is left with a cliffhanger.
This book is about so much more than love- how difficult it is to change our habits, how power/money can change you, friendship, relationships, toxic masculinity, reaching your breaking point, doing better for your children/how innocent kids suffer due to the choices of adults, how love sometimes makes us stupid, and broken promises.
My favorite quotes from the book are: “Communication is the key to every successful relationship.” and “At some point you had to realize some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.”
The narrator, Derrick E. Hardin, was wonderful. He captured the characters perfect and has a very easy to listen to voice.
The only issue I had with the book was sometimes certain words took away from the story, but at the same time they were made to fit certain characters. Also should note there appears to be some glitches with editing- a couple words at the end of three or four sentences repeated twice.
Overall I would recommend. I would listen to another story by Jade and narrated by Derrick in a heartbeat.
Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This book is for adults. Physical altercations between numerous characters, fairly graphic sex scenes, single parent (or father’s minimal involvement), gun shot wounds, relationship problems play a large role in the book, cheating, prison talk/memories, torture of a man, drugs (selling), domestic violence, rough sex/rape (some will see it as rape while others might see it as rough sex), anal sex, schizophrenia, murder (of daughter and husband), and addiction.
Words: swearing (lots of it, pretty much every word is used), slurs (n-word, f@g***)
*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!