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Like People in History: A Gay American Epic | [Felice Picano]

Like People in History: A Gay American Epic

Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960's, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990's.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Narrator Ethan Sawyer's heartfelt performance complements the dramatic events of 20th-century gay history as experienced by Roger Sansarc and his cousin Alistair Dodge. Like People in History opens with AIDS-stricken Alistair's birthday celebration, and Sawyer immediately holds listeners' attention with his nervy tone as Roger brings pills to help Alistair end his suffering. The story moves back and forth from the cousins' first encounters as fourth graders and their subsequent experiences to the present day, detailing Alistair's fate amidst the fallout from the AIDS crisis. Sawyer voices Roger as a wry and self-aware narrator whose conservatism is tempered by his complicated empathy for his theatrical cousin.

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Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960's, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990's.

©1996 Felice Picano (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It's All About Roger And Alistair"

    Whatever else this book is, it's at the least an accounting of the odd but intimate lifelong friendship between two gay men from adolescence in the 50's until Alistair's untimely demise in the 90's. Picano uses historical facts and pop culture along the way to bring the story forward in a very entertaining fashion, especially using their time on Fire Island to highlight the 70's. One might easily suggest that he uses the two men and their many friends and acquaintances to illustrate gay history through five decades. That's fine, but in the end, for me, it was indeed all about Roger and Alistair. By the way, the narration was superb and spot on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-26-15
    James 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Like People in History?

    This is a must listen! I never lose interest in this beautiful story!


    Which character – as performed by Ethan Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Alister and George


    If you could rename Like People in History, what would you call it?

    A history of gay culture in the U.S.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that makes books worthwhile. It is a story I'll never forget. I love all the characters. It is truly and epic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Lugo 04-15-15
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    "Excellent book, superb narration"

    This book is not for everyone. Kudos for a great, sprawling epic of LGBT life across the decades, with dignity and wit. While written in the times, many might not now appreciate the gravitas of the AIDS epidemic, nor be willing to relive it in such hypnotically despairing detail. If you are, you'll be rewarded with a rich love story and commentary about the necessity of a logical family.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-21-13
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "A Queer Classic—Gay Culture Behind the Curtain"

    "Like People in History" is a look at gay culture behind the curtain.

    With the sweep of late Twentieth Century as a backdrop, it’s the story of two men, cousins, as they grow from boyhood in the straight-laced closeted Fifties, to the underground Greenwich Village scene and Stonewall, through the glittery, coke-fueled Seventies, the AIDS crisis of the Eighties and finally landing in the Nineties, bruised and battered.

    This book is non-stop—intense and heartbreaking scenes. The end will have you in tears.

    Read by the amazing Ethan Sawyer. Sawyer follows the story’s hairpin turns, gives each character a unique voice and never misses a beat.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler MCALLEN, TX, United States 05-15-15
    Tyler MCALLEN, TX, United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story if not a little repetitive..."

    The story seems to be told in cycles of the main character's cousin betraying him. While that aspect gets old the story around that story is a great adventure/romance/history epic that's full of lush characters and fun scenes.

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    "horribly written"

    trash dressed up as a classic,it's not it's simply awful, dull,confusing and vile characters. avoid

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