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Beatrice

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  • A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (31)
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    (31)

    This is the next installment in a six volume autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In A Song Flung Up to Heaven Maya Angelou describes her poignant encounters with Martin Luther King, Jr.; her work with the civil rights movement; and witnessing the Watts riots. Battered by the loss of revered black leaders, it takes writer James Baldwin to finally force her out of isolation with a dinner party that inspired her to write.

    Cecil says: "Being there is part of the strength of this book."
    "Classic Angelou"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Song Flung Up to Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. Nothing like hearing Maya Angelou's voice. She soothes me.


    What other book might you compare A Song Flung Up to Heaven to and why?

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, because it is a continuation of her life story


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

    Her voice, her feeling--other reviewers say her reading is a monotone, but I hear it as Maya Angelou in all her glory.
    Of course, she is the author, so she brings her artistry and unique and personal perspective on American history--she was friends with Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King. Her life was intertwined with many important events of the 60s. Plus I find her portrayal of her relationships with her mother, brother and friends warm and fascinating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I listen to books at bedtime.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it.

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  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "A story every American should know"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a thorough study of history that has had to be pieced together and inferred, because so few documents exist. I found it fascinating, relevant and revealing--history of our country, that many white people, like myself, are unaware of.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a non-fiction book. My favorite characters are all the black people who were so important to the development of America, but whose history is unwritten, hidden and invisible.


    What three words best describe Karen White’s performance?

    Rather mechanical, could have more color in her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I enjoyed listening it every night for a month.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people have commented that the book could have been edited better. But in retrospect, after hearing the whole story, I appreciate very much having all the background information possible. It makes it all fit together.

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