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Dear Father, Dear Son Audiobook

Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours

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Stunning...a wonderful listen...a handbook for life. Those words of advance praise from another celebrated author scarcely convey just how powerfully mesmerizing is the latest book by New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Larry Elder.

Dear Father, Dear Son is a personal memoir of Elder's troubled - one might even say tortured - relationship with his father, and the astonishing outcome that develops when Elder, at long last, confronts him.

Says Elder: A man's relationship with his father - every boy, every man lucky enough to have a father in his life has to figure that out. My own father? I thought I knew him - even though he seldom talked about himself. And what I knew I hated - really, really hated. Cold, ill-tempered, thin-skinned, my father always seemed on the brink of erupting. Scared to death of him, I kept telling myself to find the courage to "stand up to him". When I was 15, I did. After that, said Elder, we did not speak to each other for 10 years.

And then we did - for eight hours. The result can't be described. It has to be experienced.

As reflected in the book's subtitle - Two Lives...Eight Hours - one extraordinary, all-day conversation between Elder and his long-estranged father utterly transformed their relationship. It is no exaggeration to say the book will likewise transform listeners.

Indeed, calling it stunning, Burt Boyar, co-author of the best-selling autobiography on Sammy Davis, Jr., says of Dear Father, Dear Son: "Above all it is a wonderful read. I am tempted to call it a page-turner but in my case I hated to turn every page because that meant I was getting closer to the end and I did not want it to end.... The book is filled with emotion. It is, of course, a handbook for life. I guess it is that above all things. Any kid who reads it and follows the advice of how to live his life just has to come out well."

Dear Father, Dear Son is the story of one man discovering a son he never really knew. And of the son finding a man, a friend, a father who had really been there all along.

©2012 Larry Elder (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    "Fathers and Sons "

    This book had me second guessing my relationship with my own father, and provided a different perspective on motives behind actions and perceived slights. Not that it took the book to point these out, but it was refreshing to see someone else with the same take/epiphany. Regardless of where my relationship with my dad stands, I'm indebted to him for sticking around and being a father. This is a beautiful story of a father and son finally coming to know and understand one another, a story of hard work and overcoming adversity. I loved every minute, and the narration couldn't have fit the story any better. I listened to this back to back, and have shared with many people how much I enjoyed this story and performance.

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    Amazon Customer United States 07-12-16
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    "A MANDETORY BOOK FOR ALL MEN -"
    If you could sum up Dear Father, Dear Son in three words, what would they be?

    Breaks my heart.


    What other book might you compare Dear Father, Dear Son to and why?

    The Bible


    Have you listened to any of Neal Ghant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not sure


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The love of a father towards their children is too often never realized until the old man is gone.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks you Larry Elder for sharing.

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    easyfour Los Angeles, California 05-26-16
    easyfour Los Angeles, California 05-26-16 Member Since 2013

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    "I Absolutely Loved This (Audio) Book!"
    If you could sum up Dear Father, Dear Son in three words, what would they be?

    "Dear Father, Dear Son" not only tells a story of reconciliation between a father and son, it also gives great insight into the challenges African-Americans faced in the twentieth century and the inner-strength it took to overcome those challenges. It also gives a wonderful description of what it was like to grow up in Pico Union in the 1950's and 60's.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Dear Father, Dear Son?

    Some of the simple lessons learned from all members of the Elder family would apply well to people of any race or socioeconomic level today.


    Any additional comments?

    Neal Ghant's narration was fantastic. Many characters, many voices, and many cadences were read brilliantly.

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    Jay Leonard California 03-26-16
    Jay Leonard California 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous!! A grandslam home run !!"

    I have always related to the brilliant articulate Larry Elder on talk radio.
    This book which I listened to on "Audible" was engaging, beautifully crafted, sensitive, profound, instructive, entertaining, and often funny.
    Larry succeeded in bringing me into his family, what it was like growing up in his family, and particularly with his dad.
    I could really understand how his dad was both abusive and noble.
    I also could internalize that black families have to deal with the ups and downs of life just like white families, but then also have to deal with the challenges of being black that exist.
    I have to say that Neal Ghant is flawless in his recitation. He is a master. Couldn't be better. I recommend this book to everyone, and especially those who have enjoyed listening to Larry Elder as I have over the years.

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    GeekGirl 11-13-15
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    "Deep and touching"

    Wonderfully written and read true story of a family illustrating how complex family life and society really is.

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    Bruce 02-14-15
    Bruce 02-14-15
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    "Very Interesting Psychological Biography"

    I had no expectations. My husband listens to Larry Elder but I don't know much about him--that is, until I read the book. It is a psychological portrait of a father, much like I wrote in college. I loved the psychological treatment.
    Narration was good, not outstanding.

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