Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Donald Jr. Goines

Narrated By: Kevin Kenerly

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2013

Duration: 7 hours 23 minutes

Summary:

From one of the most revolutionary writers of the twentieth century comes the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today’s street lit and hip-hop culture.

After my ninth birthday, I began to really understand the meaning of my name. I began to understand just what my mother was doing for a living. There was nothing I could do about it, but even had I been able to, I wouldn’t have changed it.

Whoreson Jones is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. As a child, he’s looked after by his neighborhood’s imposing matriarch, Big Mama, while his mother works. At age twelve, his street education begins when a man named Fast Black schools him in trickology. By thirteen, Whoreson’s a cardsharp. By sixteen, his childhood abruptly ends, and he is a full-fledged pimp, cold-blooded and ruthless, battling to understand and live up to his mother’s words: “First be a man, then be a pimp.”

“All those [other black] writers, no matter how well they dealt with black experience, appealed largely to an educated, middle-class, largely white readership. They brought news of one place to the residents of another. Goines’ novels, on the other hand, are written from ground zero. They are almost unbearable. It is not the educated voice of a writer who has, so to speak, risen above his background. It is the voice of the ghetto itself.”—Village Voice, praise for the author

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  • Sean M.

    None of the modern so called urban lit authors touch Goines in terms of realness or vivid story telling. The narrator is on point, brings the book to life with voices and excellent phrasing.