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Lynn

Wauwatosa, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, a Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Billy Wayne Sinclair, Jodie Sinclair
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    We all know that life in prison ain't grand, but the utter horror of it springs from the pages of this autobiography, written by a one-time death-row inmate. Billy Wayne Sinclair is now serving a reduced 90-year sentence for murdering a Baton Rouge convenience store owner in a robbery gone wrong more than three decades ago. His story of an adult life spent in one of Louisiana's harshest prisons is amazing, not only because he has survived with his soul intact, but because it provides such a raw look at the inner workings of a system bent on revenge, not rehabilitation.

    Lynn says: "Rare, inside glimpse"
    "Rare, inside glimpse"
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    Would you listen to A Life in the Balance again? Why?

    Absolutely. Between Dixon's narration and Sinclair's telling, the harsh realities of prison are laid bare. This book burrowed into my consciousness in a very personal way, so much so that when it was over I was truly lonely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Favorite" is not the right adjective for this book, but it would be either Billy Wayne or Jodi Sinclair.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The most riveting scenes should not be retold in the context of audible's general reviews. One needs to hear them in context. It's not a rosy book, so "favorite" is again not the right adjective.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were nights when I had trouble sleeping. It wasn't a particular scene, but the general tension one has about the horrors of imprisonment.


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  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (611)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "I feel privileged"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Just Kids to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read or seen the print edition, but I have to believe that hearing this tale from Patti herself is hard to beat. Her voice is a critical part of her, and you could feel the emotions in the way she spoke - she lived this story, she knows it. She could mimic Robert's voice and others in their entourage. And the emotion in those final poems - wow. I felt like I had a private audience with Patti.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must. I've told about 5 friends that they have to get the audible version.

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