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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
    (201)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    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"
    "The book is better than the film"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Butler?

    The honest aging characters...
    The man who loved his work ...
    His wife's love and support was well noted ...
    The dedication of son Charles...
    The addition of history of Black actors in film.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a true story


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

    Emotions


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend it to high school students of American History and all who saw the movie.

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