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.
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?
Yes! To hear the author tell "his" story seem to bring it to life. By emphasizing the things that were important to him, made the story more real and enjoyable.
His childhood, when he talked about his father and the lessons learned from him, which actually dictates the title of the Book.
It was his own character, as he relived the importance of the lessons that became the measures of this man.
When he spoke of his mother, her love and their closeness as a family. She was really the core of the family. She cooked, cleaned, did all the chores and took care of the family, and never complained.
The Measure of a Man is not a "tell all" or "biography", but the wonderful story of a man's values and morals. It speaks to the measures of humanity and how it applied to this man's life. Really Good Book!!!!! I highly recommend it.
Mr. Poitier's incredible voice of course is one of the highlights of this purchase! His honest story of his life is at once magical and relatably ordinary. I had to watch 'Patch of Blue' to extend my Sidney Poitier experience and bought the paperback for my mother for Mother's Day! I would like to write Sidney a letter and encourage him to stage his production that he was so moved by another's stage performance to create and 'let the lion within roar!' We would love to come and see you!!! This is the only reason I clicked 4 stars for the story instead of 5. I was sad that he hadn't produced and starred in his own stage production! Thank you for writing this book, Sidney Poitier!