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Life in Motion Audiobook

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

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Publisher's Summary

"Picture a ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes. What does she look like?"

As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious 13-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina.

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: A feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

With an insider's unique point of view, Misty opens a window into the life of a professional ballerina who lives life center stage: From behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets. But in this beautifully written memoir, she also delves deeper to reveal the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.

Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

©2014 Misty Copeland (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An unexpected page-turner. . . . Her story is an inspiration to anyone-man or woman, black or white-who has ever chased a dream against the odds, and the grace with which she triumphs is an example for us all." (Booklist, Starred Review)

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    Kimberly 06-16-14
    Kimberly 06-16-14
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    "Great Story, Terrible Narrator"
    If you could sum up Life in Motion in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, insightful, honest.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    Absolutely not. Her phrasing was stilted, her pronunciation was overdone, her dramatic choices were bizarre. She truly distracted from the story in a way I've never experienced from another narrator.


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

    Despite the terrible narration, I did listen to this book in one weekend. Misty Copeland has a really interesting story.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 08-02-15
    Debbie 08-02-15
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    "Has Copeland heard this narration? Has Audible?"
    Would you try another book from Misty Copeland and/or Lisa Reneé Pitts?

    Yes for Copeland. No for Pitts. As I listened to Ms. Pitts, I kept thinking, has Misty heard this narration?


    What did you like best about this story?

    That she told it. Telling our stories is important.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance would have been BEST if Copeland had been the narrator of her own book. If that wasn't possible, it might have been BETTER if a narrator with a younger voice had been hired and then directed, if need be, while in studio. Pitts' performance would have been ACCEPTABLE (at best) if close attention had been paid to her delivery and if re-takes had been requested while in studio or once it was listened to by Audible.

    Pitts' narration was beyond distracting. Her over enunciation made it sound like she was reading a children's book, e.g., "ow-er fam-i-ly," "ow-er mother," "ow-er" father." She also mispronounced words and dance terms or put the emphasis on the wrong syllable, e.g., "pas de doo", "choreo-graphy". And this gem: "...fisherman had 'pliéd' San Pedro's waters...". Are you kidding me?! Surely they "plied" the waters" of the harbour.

    Pitts also made well-known song lyrics unrecognizable when read aloud. Was she not allowed to sing the first lines of songs by Mariah Carey, New Edition or The Marvelettes?


    Did Life in Motion inspire you to do anything?

    The poor narration inspired me to write my first book review. I doubt that's what Misty had in mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This book deserves better narration than what it got here.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Coton Luv 12-28-14
    Coton Luv 12-28-14
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    "Inspiring real story, bad narration"

    What an inspiring story?! The order of the chapters and the sub-stories is a bit chaotic at time. What bothered me the most is the narration. The voice of the narrator just doesn't match Misty the character. It sounds like a much much older voice, and a bit contrived and exaggerated for this simple memoir. I would say it's an enjoyable book but not an enjoyable listen. Too bad. I really want to re-listen to the story again or sections of it but the narration just makes me cringe enough that one time through is enough. I wish they update the narration with another voice....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-08-14
    Rebecca 10-08-14
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    "Fascinating Biography, Performance not so good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I strongly disliked the narration of this book. This is an autobiography, written in 1st person, and I do not think that the voice actor matched the author. She sounded much older than Misty Copeland was at the time she wrote the book. Additionally she over enunciated every word and even added inflection and emphasis in incorrect places. I did not think I would be able to finish the book when I first started listening, but Misty's story hooked me enough to keep going.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    As a dancer, I really enjoyed hearing Misty's story. She came from such unlikely circumstances. to become a brilliant ballerina. This book really made me appreciate her much more than I had before.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wry Grapes 04-20-16
    Wry Grapes 04-20-16
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    "Great story. Bad writing. Worse narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, yes.


    What was most disappointing about Misty Copeland’s story?

    She spent a lot of time almost but not quite dealing with her "Mommy" issues.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Reneé Pitts?

    Misty Copeland


    Do you think Life in Motion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I spent half the book thinking Misty Copeland was autistic.

    Somewhere towards the end, I finally figured out the narrator was trying to say "artistic"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dallen 08-14-15
    dallen 08-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    So inspirational, vulnerable, and well told. Quick read about this powerful woman! Didn't know about her humble beginnings. So amazing what she was able to accomplish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Auld-louie Golden, CO USA 11-26-16
    Margaret Auld-louie Golden, CO USA 11-26-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book, horrible narrator"

    This is a fascinating book, but the narrator is horrible. It would have been better to have the author narrate it than Lisa Renee Pitts. Lisa has a stilted way of speaking and enunciating words that is very distracting, and she pronounces some words so strangely that it's hard to understand what she's saying. She pronounces "artistic" as it the word were "autistic" and unfortunately that word occurs a lot in this book, since it's about the author's artistic endeavors. I got thru the book despite the narration because it's such a compelling story, but I wish this book would be redone with a better narrator. This is the worst narration I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla 10-09-16
    Carla 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Interesting African-American Biography Book"

    I struggled to read this book at the end. I loved it though. A must read book for yound teens. I liked that the book has pictures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MS Goddess 09-14-16
    MS Goddess 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bravo, Bravo"

    Misty Copeland's story gave a view into a world unfamiliar to many. Her sharing of losses and triumphs in growing up as a most unlikely child prodigy, a custody battle that would take her from those she loved and could have provided a "better" life, and eventually meeting her destiny as a principle with a major ballet company was full of all things that make for a great movie or an even more awesome life.
    I also loved the narration by Lisa Pitts. Her voice was suited perfectly in telling the story of a graceful ballerina; poised, elegant, inflection just right. I will recommend this book to others but especially middle school pre-teens. A great read about growing up shy and awkward but through hard work becoming one of the most graceful people in the entire world. Wonderfully motivating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanesa Camara 09-11-16
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    "I love the book,hate the narrator!"

    I love Misty Copeland and I really wanted to love the book but the narrators voice killed it for me. I think she sounded too mature for anyone to relage to as Misty. She was very(over) dramatic and it was just not the voice of a twenty something young woman!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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