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A Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Summer Reads Selection

An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick

Named a Best Book of 2021 by Esquire and Entertainment Weekly

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by * Oprah Daily * Vogue * Elle * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Essence * PopSugar * Bookriot * Goodreads * Literary Hub * Parade * MS. Magazine * The Millions *

“Feels truer and more mesmerizing than some true stories. It’s a packed time capsule that doubles as a stick of dynamite.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job - despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.

In early '70s New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially Black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.

Provocative and chilling, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices, a heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling, and a daring structure, and introduces a bold new voice in contemporary fiction.

©2021 Dawnie Walton. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Darrell HANSCHEN
  • 2021/04/26

Outstanding and timely

I almost gave up on this. The start was slow and I wasn’t crazy about the interview format. I kept listening because my daughter told me it was the best book she’d heard in a very long time. She is absolutely right. This book and the narrators are seriously good. I even came to appreciate the format. It’s well worth a credit.

  • 総合評価
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  • Dani Dubinsky
  • 2021/04/29

My favorite audio book I've listened to!

The story is absolutely captivating- Opal & Nev are so seamlessly sewn into the rock & roll scene that you forget they are a fictional band. The full cast is fantastic, & the story brought up so many great points about racial injustice & white privilege & saviors. A definite must read!

  • 総合評価
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  • Amazon customer
  • 2021/06/27

As good as advertised

This the single best audiobook I have listened to all year and I have heard more than 100 already. The narration in this full cast production is picture perfect, while the story is both timely and captivating. I give this 5/5 stars.

  • 総合評価
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  • Msl
  • 2021/06/17

The author stereo types and writes with predjudice

Which is ironic because this book is about prejudice. If you are going to include politics in stories, be fair and unbiased. I was appalled how you displayed anti white sentiment.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Deerocks56
  • 2021/04/28

Hard to believe this is fiction

Although I found it difficult to stay present for every word (occasionally the content seemed.unnecessarily detailed),this is an awesome story that I repeatedly had to remind myself was fiction. The format was unique and engaging, and the performance was superb! I am so glad I chose the audio version and I highly recommend it to others.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • bmurray
  • 2021/04/21

Amazing!!!

Absolutely loved this book from start to finish! Listened while I read along. All narrators were excellent!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dorothy on Kansas
  • 2021/04/18

Can't wait for greatest hits release!

wonderfully entertaining. well written and the narrators were excellent. love the detail given to Opal's "amor". don't want to write more, fearing I'll soil the read for others

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Huston
  • 2021/06/22

Powerful and Relevant

It is similar to Daisy Jones and the Six, and if liked that title, I am sure you will like this one, but it is SO VERY DIFFERENT. For one, this one has a powerful message, which is not only easy to discern, but easy to digest for priviledged white folks. I am certain other readers may not appreciate the "message" part of this book - because they suck - but I found myself crying multiple times during this book! The performances are stellar. So much finesse, and small touches that build the characters into real people. And while there was a brief moment I became disenchanted with the main protagonist (the main narrator), it was short lived and she won me back quickly.

Enjoy it!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Andrew Parrella
  • 2021/06/05

Great story and performances!

Edwards does a masterful job anchoring remarkable performances from a full cast. A beautifully told story, of the not quite fiction variety, a must listen.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Harry
  • 2021/05/28

Engrossing

The history building the author did made it easy to forget these were fictional characters. The performances helped too. Great book. Opal is an icon.