I have over 3000 audiobooks in two accounts - and have listened to them all - even when I should have stopped. The Art of Racing in the Rain is without question one of the five best.
Is is read by a member of the family.
David Berg is one of the best attorneys in American history. From being the youngest attorney to win at the U.S. Supreme Court to battling the Texas trial of the Century in Wyatt v. Sakowitz his career is a never ending trail of unlikely victories. This book is the ultimate inside story on how a poor Jewish kid in 1970 redneck Houston, Texas can survive a grossly dysfunctional family, murder of his best friend (and brother), and countless other challenges to emerge as one of the wealthiest and most respected trial lawyers in the world.
Berg is now in his late 60s - a time where all of us realize that the sand of the hour glass is running very fast. He not only makes peace with his brother, he makes peace with himself and the other members of his family.
I have seven thousand books in two audible libraries (since I gave up years ago on getting any assistance in merging them). This is only the second that has demanded that I stop (from my own bizarre schedule) to write a review.
This is one of the ten best books available on Audible. In its own way worthy of East of Eden, Water for Elephants, Lonesome Dove, and my other personal favorites.
David's watching Percy Foreman beat the dumbass prosecutor so badly at his brother's murder trial that he (David) would have voted to acquit - based on common law marriage rules of testimony.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
I assume that it was David's son who did the audio. Look out Scott Brick.
Lincoln Child has done his usual brilliant job of research. The education gained on archaeology and Egypt alone are worth the price of the book.
My son has recently left for the Peace Corps in Uganda. This is a priceless insight into the Sudd.
Child, with or without Preston is a master of dialogue.
I have every Preston, Child, or Preston/Child book in my library. This is in the top five.
Audiobooks have become my sole source of relaxation, and I have accumulated well over 100 works in my Audible library. Many of the titles were great, almost all were at least good. This is the first time that a review was required. White Butterfly is much more than just a great story. It is psychologically on a par with East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and the best single insight for a white man trying to understand what it is like to be a black man that I have ever encountered. The genius of this book lies in passing comments and observations, e.g. Easy lies in a jail cell and understands that police can drag you out of your home for little or no reason. You can be imprisoned and killed with only a sloppily dressed public defender who doesn't know your name standing between you and "justice." As an attorney who provides pro bono representation for the poor I was mesmerized that an author could verbalize so masterfully the unimaginable reality of many African-Americans. Although the story is set in the 1950s, nothing has changed here in the "New South" of 2004. My finding Mr. Mosley was the result of a wee hours search for something new. Imagine my joy upon finding a long list of other works by This Author. In 50 years I have been humbled by two authors. My Mosley is the second. John Steinbeck was the first. If you have a social conscience and curiosity, don't miss this one.
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