"Brother, I'm Dying" ranks #1 among all audiobooks I have ever listened to. This book was written to be heard aloud. The language, the back-and-forth of dialects and acccents, is integral to the story, as are other things such as the expressions of emotions. I even needed to hear the punctuation, the pause of a comma, the inflection of a question mark. A whole-hearted, thorough self-read would not have explained the story that Edwidge Danticat wanted to tell. The narration was incredible - I have not heard better. The writing? I often would rewind 30 sec just to hear how a passage was worded. The story itself? As the author states, it needed to be told. It took my breath away. I gave up guessing what would come next. It was completely outside of my life's experience or anyone I know or have even heard of. I want everyone, especially Americans, to hear this story. Our current political and moral debates about immigration? Read this one. Our generalizations and simplifications about Haiti's poverty, religious practicies and superstitions? Read this one. Family love, connections, and sacrifices? Read this one. Behind-the-scenes U.S. involvement and intervention in Hatian politics and power? READ THIS ONE.Thank you, Edwidge Danticat, for telling me your family's story. I am forever changed.
When the family met to make discuss how to handle affairs after the father's death, one son asked the father, "Have you enjoyed your life, Father?"
Absolutely not. There was so much to digest, I could only absorb this story in portions.
My expectation is that a good story, well-written, and as an audiobook well-spoken, will always change me in some way. This book profoundly changed me. This is a remarkable story and a remarkable audiobook.
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