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HankieG

Pleasant Hill, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (165)

    Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's bohemia, with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in "yabyum", and other non-ascetic pastimes.

    HankieG says: "No Slouch This Dharma Bum"
    "No Slouch This Dharma Bum"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A reminder of the excellent detail interwoven with contemplation by the Great Rememberer. Great to hear this having first read the follow up much earlier, Desolation Angels.


    What other book might you compare The Dharma Bums to and why?

    Desolation Angels apparently is sequentially after Dharma Bums, and the Zen themes run through out both.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "Musician and his Demons"
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    If you could sum up Miles in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Intense, Uncompromising


    What other book might you compare Miles to and why?

    Huckleberry Finn came to mind while listening to the story of Miles Davis. "Miles: The Autobiography" is far more relevant and real than the romantic Americana tale by Mark Twain. Tales of coming of age with racism and racial profiling, spoken in the language of a black man, is far more powerful and striking than the white country boy anecdotes of fictional Huck Finn. Huck Finn is a gentle summer rain and Miles is a thundering downpour.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Miles first arrives in NYC after leaving East St. Louis at age 18 is pretty amazing stuff.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Miles' struggle and descent into the depths of heroin addiction and his eventual recovery is quite a frightening ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Tales of playing music with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk and Billy Eckstine filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge of Miles and these musicians as well. Some funny road stories too. This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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