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Barlowe, a single African-American in his 40s, shares a ramshackle house with his 20-something nephew in the old Fourth Ward of downtown Atlanta, a neighborhood known as the center of the civil-rights movement and the former home of Martin Luther King, Jr. Barlowe works as a printer and passes the time reading books from the neighborhood library and hanging out with other local black men at the corner store.

When Sean and Sandy, a white married couple from Philadelphia, buy and renovate the house next door in anticipation of a neighborhood "turnaround", everyone tries at first to go about their daily business. But fear and suspicion begin to build as more and more new whites move in and make changes, and once familiar people and places disappear.

©2007 Nathan McCall (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

"[A] trenchant, slyly humorous debut novel....Masterfully orchestrated and deeply disturbing illustrations of the depth of the racial divide play out....McCall nails [the] details again and again, and the results, if less than hopeful, are poignant and grimly funny." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharon R Wilson
  • 28/08/2009

A look at Race Issues

It is not often that both sides of racial issues are seen so clearly as in this book. I want all my white friends to read it so that we can consider and discuss key attitudes , emotions and loyalties. My feeling is that it was an honest attempt on the part of the author. The characters are credible, I've said so many of the same things myself. Please write more Nathan, and please make more of this available on Audible!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Gina
  • 09/09/2008

Easy Listening

I really liked this book. The story line was good and I felt that Nathan McCall presented both sides of this story in a balanced fair minded way. So realistic, because this is happening right now in my neighborhood. This story kept my attention and entertained me, It was Easy Listening.

5 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 16/10/2020

loved it

I loved this book; I was entertained from the beginning to end. I would recommend this book to anyone. I will definitely download more from this author.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Valerie
  • 12/09/2020

A good read

I have always been a fan of the author and this book doesn't disappoint.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheri J.
  • 21/07/2020

An author’s answer to Today's headline 2020 ”RACE in a country DIVIDED”

I bought the audiobook version years ago & was intrigued & entertained as I listened with joy, understanding, and applause. Now over 10 years later I would like to pat Nathan McCall on the back while shaking his hand for creating a novel which addresses issues among different races & how misinterpretations can brew when dialogue is mishandled or cultures misunderstood. It starts off with the main character’s, Barlowe, issue with THE FLAG, then progresses to other issues in today's current events: police serving the privilege, making unnecessary arrest with the mentally challenged, gentrification, and Race relation clashes on the social status. There are also issues within the Black community & the characters’ personal demons. I absolutely Love this book. Great narration by Mirron Willis too. He really does an outstanding job of bringing McCall’s novel to Life. This book has not been given the recognition it truly deserves. Hopefully reaching for this BOOK among those wanting to understand will bring it more to LIGHT.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mighty_Cranium
  • 04/05/2018

Outstanding

Have to say this was one of the best audionook I've listened to. Really enjoyed the narrator too. Interesting plot line as well... thought -provoking. Take a chance on this one!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Vivian
  • 09/04/2018

Awesome

Loved it! Highly recommend to all, regardless of race. An eye opener and dialogue starter.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Oshanda
  • 29/11/2016

very good

this book is very good I enjoyed great views from both races an the struggle to correct it

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mari
  • 10/08/2014

A Powerful Debut Novel From A Great Journalist

Nathan McCall's "Them" is a very different kind of book for our time, one that is sorely needed. The book contains no easy answers. There are no action scenes, no passages containing graphic sex, and no idealistic platitudes or easy answers. In other words, this is a book we all should take the time to read or listen to.

Everyone in the book has a point of view, locked inside their own private bubble, unable to see outside that bubble. The narrative moves on the subtle plot point of, "Can one get outside of this bubble"? There are indications that we can, but the book offers no definitive answers. Honestly, we can't answer this question right now because we are in the midst of severe racial, class and political stratification.

As the book builds, I found myself more and more hooked in - the indication of a well-crafted narrative. If you feel it starts slow, let it. Stop being rushed and distracted and pay attention. This book brings up issues we all must pay attention to. And it does it in the sweeping way that good writing always does: it lifts us out of our existing world and sets us firmly in the midst of another.

This other world is Atlanta's old Fourth Ward, an historic black community in the midst of rapid gentrification. But this tale is not limited to Atlanta. This is happening in my own city (Cleveland) and is going on throughout the country. The disruption of long-standing communities has occurred all over America, from Brooklyn to Oakland, and no one is talking about this. Except Nathan McCall.

I was surprised to read that this is his first novel. It is so well constructed, the characters are so well seen, and the narrative moves forward so steadily, it feels as if it's crafted in the sure hands of a master. I hope this great journalist creates more fiction for us to immerse ourselves in. I'm awaiting his next book (fiction or not).

The reader is spot on. He did a fabulous job, with the exception of some of the female voices. He chose to make them a bit too "weak", but I imagine it is difficult to switch genders easily…especially in this polarized world we live in. For the most part it is phenomenal, and I encourage all to listen and stick with this great book.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • John Burrus
  • 20/01/2014

Well done

I thought this was very well written and thought provoking. Assuming it is an accurate portrayal of Black culture (which I do), it demonstrates that the author is not afraid to show that Whites do not have a corner on racism, but also that he does not seem to understand Whites or White culture any better than Whites understand Blacks. Since all the White characters are either air-headed, condescending, 'bleeding heart' (one of his Black character's phrases) yuppies or unapologetic red-neck racists, I can only conclude, surprisingly, that even with his intelligence and experience as a respected journalist, he apparently has not encountered any who share the same values I'm sure he has--hard work, honesty, self-reliance, self-respect, personal responsibility--and who endeavor to judge others on those same grounds, not on skin color. If he has, I'm not sure why none were portrayed in his otherwise excellent novel.