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Pamela

Baltimore, MD, United States

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  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (164)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I listened to this book right after completing Taylor Branch's trilogy on the Civil Rights Movement. It was a fitting follow-up, as Branch's book ends (essentially) with King's assassination. This book is fast-paced without being frantic. It is informative and entertaining. Based on many reviews on this site that indicate that most authors do a poor job of reading their own work, I debated whether -listening- to this book was a good idea (in contrast to reading it). I'm glad I decided to listen to it; Hampton Sides does a good job in my view.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Like Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Howard Griffin
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

    Carol says: "What a glorious accident to find this book..."
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I loved... LOVED... listening to this book. The story is amazingly interesting (especially for social scientists who study race in America). But the reason I took time to write this review is to comment on the narrator's performance. I cannot imagine another person doing a better job. I am now a total fan of Ray Childs; I just wish there were more selections read by him. If you find the description of this book the least bit interesting, you won't regret spending time with it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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