Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
First, his voice is amazing! The tell of his youth and the struggles to build him into the man he became is amazing. As others stated, it seemed he rambled on and on diminishing the value of the point. There were times when I kept checking how much was left of the book. Overall, the book is very good and I rated it 4 stars but if 3.5 were available that is my selection. I wanted to learn about a man who had tremendous impact on the culture and history of this nation which is why I listened to the book. Additionally, it was recommended as a must listen. I wouldn't say it is a must listen but it is worth listening to at least once. I wouldn't listen to it a second time and would recommend it as a listen for those who enjoy learning about successful people who paved the path in history.
I liked the first part best when he was telling stories of his life. I didn't like the latter part so much when he was "lecturing" about morals, etc. I felt he adequately made his point with the stories of his life, the rest I felt was filler.
Yes, I originally wanted to purchase the book about his learning to read.
He has an amazing voice and presence and it think books are always better served, when read by their authors.
Mr. Poitier lived an exceptional life, and I really enjoyed learning more about it.
Did like his honesty. He is really a likable chap, just a wee bit confused.
His decision not to play a part that he didn't approve. Love that quality.
Sadly his separation with his wife - he didn't go into much detail there, but from needing 11 years of psychoanalysis makes me think he made the wrong decision.
He has reached 70 years of age and is still searching for a core purpose. But, he can find that if he just cries out to the Lord Jesus. There were many miracles in his life that only God could orchestrate, and He gave Sydney much wisdom in some of the circumstances he encountered. I see God's hand on his life, and I hope that he really turns to Him before he dies.
I loved this book. Mr. Poitier has shown us to be humble and proud of what we each have. To appreciate our world and each other. It is amazing everything he has overcome to be where he is.
Mr. Poitier reading this book made everything as it should be. His story is real and you live it with each word he speaks.
I didn't read the print version.
The well articulated history of the story.
EMOTION! His voice is perfect for reading anyway...in my opinion.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Although I enjoyed hearing Sidney Poitier's story, I found this book somewhat rambling. It seemed like he spoke into a recorder, and then it was transcribed into a book. It WAS fun to hear his voice as the narrator. I listened to the book and also had the Kindle version. At times I followed the print and the audio, and I found that he was speaking words that weren't in the Kindle version! The two version didn't always match, in other words. That convinced me that somehow the editing/writing was haphazard. The sections on his life in Hollywood and his intersection with the civil rights movement were the most interesting. The "spiritual" part about his outlook on life etc was not as uplifting as I had hoped.
I can remember being a first year teacher way back when and thinking of Poitier's movie, To Sir with Love, and how he faces an unruly class. I remember asking myself, " What would Sidney Poitier do?" when a situation occurred that was similar to the movie where a student dropped a sanitary napkin or tampax on the classroom floor :) I need to find that movie and watch it now - so many years later.
AMAZING LIKE SIDNEY!
I'm still just in the first chapter and I've laughed out loud and cried. This book is amazing already! I cannot wait to finish it, but will be so sad when it's over!
Yarn Yearner, Story Seeker, Legend Lover, Fable Fanatic and Tale Teller
I don't generally listen to things more than once. There is too much to learn in the world.
Poitier as a child was fascinating. What different people we might all be if all of us grew up not knowing what others had. The concept of contentment because there is no knowledge that there is more was something to think about. Rather than 5 year olds demanding designer jeans, how about a childhood where if you are hungry, you go fishing or gather fruit. Nobody has"things" so the avaricious tendencies of our society are tempered. Poitier recognizes the value of an extremely simple childhood. What a boon if more children could grow up this way.
How much do we REALLY need?