Very private look into the lives of very public figures, with a lot of thoughtful insight. This book is narrated by Martin Sheen, and his first born son Emilio Estevez. Not only do they both have great voices for narration but they also lend the right emotions at the right time. Each one narrates his own part of the book going back and forth between the two giving the listener far differing viewpoints of the same periods of time.Emotionally charged at times, fun and interesting at other times this audio book lets you experience all of the the love and closeness this family has, from their roots in Spain and Ireland to the streets of New York, to California, India, Philippines, as Martin struggles on the edge of poverty to persist in his desire to become an acclaimed actor.
I am glad I heard this audio book before I read the actual book because their voices lend a much more intimate and credible version. I would like to thank both of them for the incredibly interesting book and their wonderful performances. Thank you Audible for making it available to us.
The incredible strength, endurance, and persistence and of the human species. How was it possible under conditions that are so far below basic survival needs, the human spirit can still excel. This audiobook should be mandatory listening in every history class in America. This audiobook renewed my faith in the wondrous abilities of human spirit. We ARE an incredible, tenacious and gifted species. All we need to do is persist.
Humanity is not really a couch potato.
I started listening to to this audio book because I wanted to know a little more about Dr Livingston and Stanley and a river called the Nile. I heard the basic story we were told in school, but I wanted to learn the details. Little did I know how many emotions I would feel while listening. Triumph, despair, pride, sadness, sheer joy, wonderment, hope, and a deep respect for those explorers who forged ahead through seemingly impossible odds, to discover and document unknown parts of our wondrous planet. Narrated perfectly by John Lee, who lends a very special quality. Not only is the book cleverly written, but John Lee leads you on an emotional roller coaster of every possible emotion as proficiently as a virtuoso plays a violin. He is the perfect narrator for this book. I give a special thank you to John Lee.
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