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William

Parrish, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Just an advertisement for the movie"
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    I thought this was going to be a story about Eugene Allen. But it is just a poorly written advertisement for the movie with very little about Mr Allen specifically. This was probably due to the fact the Mr Allen was very discrete about what he saw during his years in the White House and chose not to dish out the dirt as so many are prone to do these days. I can't believe they actually charge for this book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1014)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Why would anybody criticize this young woman?"
    Overall

    I found the story of Jaycee's captivity truly compelling and hearing this unique and disturbing story in her own voice made it even more powerful. From pure disgust at the actions of her kidnappers to overwhelming joy at her recovery and healing this book will take you to both ends of the emotional spectrum.

    I am dismayed by some of the negative reviews that I have seen posted here. Yes, her narration is not "professional" and she does not sound like a 30 year old.Get over it!! Let's not forget the horrors she endured and maybe we can then understand how that affected her development. But unlike most victims she shows a strength beyond imagination. No whining from her, folks.No other professional could have read this, no other professional could have written this, and there are very few of us who could have survived this. I hope that Jaycee and her family are able to live a rich and fulfilling life from here on. They deserve that...not petty criticism about narration and choppy sentences.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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