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Camilla

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  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl - and a young woman - trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.

    Roger says: "A truly amazing family."
    "New presepective on the life of Condoleeza Rice."
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    What made the experience of listening to Extraordinary, Ordinary People the most enjoyable?

    I found the book enjoyable and I learned more than I expected to. I had always thought Ms. Rice was an extraordinary person, but I never realized how ordinary she was. I found her story real and could relate to her relationship with her parents, family and friends.
    I have always respected her all of her accomplishments. I found myself agreeing with her feelings about former President Carter (he was also the first president I voted for) and I felt sad when her parents passed away. This book made Ms. Rice seem more real to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her relationship with her parents.


    What does Condoleezza Rice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing it in her voice made it more believeable.


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

    I thought it was funny that when she graduated high school and her name was misspelled on her diploma and her mom returned it to the school requesting a new diploma with the corrected name. It was only until much later after Ms. Rice had lamented the details of why she did not have a diploma that the school sent her a new diploma with the corrected name. I though that was funny and it spoke volumns about how ordinary she was.


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