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  • A Conversation with the Mann

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ridley
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Jackie is a poor boy from Harlem and the victim of abuse from his widowed, alcoholic father. But everything changes on the day he discovers the power of comedy. When his classmates make fun of his tattered clothes, Jackie turns everything around by freely poking fun at himself and soon has everyone on the floor with laughter. His amazing talent, and raging ambition, take him through the local club circuit to become the most sought after comedic entertainer in opulent, '50s Las Vegas and beyond.

    SLP says: "Outstanding writing and performance"
    "Outstanding writing and performance"
    Overall

    At some point, writing becomes literature. It becomes art. At some point, narration becomes performance art. John Ridley is a brilliant writer, and Dion Graham does more than read; he performs this work, giving voice to the characters and bringing them to life. For those of us old enough to have lived through this era, and young enough to remember it, this is a story that sounds as real as the time. And if the characters and coolness of that era seem dated and even ridiculous, the sad fact is that this was an era in which cultural, collective delusion made it seem far better than it was. Reality happened in grainy black and white, except to those who saw it up close. Most of us didn?t. Mr. Ridley weaves a story of human error, weakness, loyalty, and strength through the events, and with the people, that made the time.

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