I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.
Joe Morton gives a brilliant performance. One of the best narrations I have ever had the pleasure to experience and I have listened to a lot of audiobooks.
Perhaps some elements of The Warmth of Other Suns insofar as the descriptions of life in the south and Harlem in the early to mid 20th century.
From a technical point of view, I was completely taken with Joe's work. He put so much life into his characters that I am driven to compare the text to the narration to see if what he does with the work was written into the text or just the magic that he brought to this book.
The story is very engaging. I can't recommend this audiobook enough.
UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!
If Whispersync was available I would be so excited to re-read and add notes! Too many layers for one reading.
Yes, I might have missed something the first time. I'd like to understand this story better.
This is an important book for understanding race relations in the US--for both last century and this one. Also the writing is masterful. Every scene is so well described--the sites, the smells--that you feel like you are really there.
This was such a difficult book in that there was so much conflict. I guess I would have to choose the scenes with Mary as my favorite. She was such a breath of fresh air compared to everyone else in the book.
When the narrator found out what was in the letter of introduction sent with him from his college to New York.
Joe Morton's performance is outstanding. This is a difficult book but his reading made it come alive, made me root for the main character, and made me want to hear the rest of the story.
I have read the book before, maybe 20 years ago, and I remember it well. But hearing it read adds vividness to some of the really dramatic scenes like the battle royale.
it draws from moby dick, from mark twain and other great american writing, but it is really distinctive and a one-off (really, he never completed another novel.)
it is a first person story, so the protagonist is the voice.
light is truth, truth is light
really one of the great novels of all time.
For some reason I thought I would get this book because I'm black, but I realize race just wasn't enough to enjoy it. I'm ashamed to say I couldnt get past the first 3hrs, it just sound like rants, raves, and rambling. I keep saying to myself 1hr, ok 30m, then I said 90m and that's it! Even that was torture, I hope you have better luck.
I thought I'd wait until I was in my forties before I tackled this book. I'm thinking now that maybe I should have studied it in school. I did recall lots of excerpts from it as I came across them, but overall it did not have the profound effect on me that I was hoping it would. I found it to be extremely tedious at times and somewhat hard to follow (or at least keep my interest). Joe Morton is an excellent narrator, but this book did not really deliver for me. Sorry.