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All God's Dangers

The Life of Nate Shaw
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
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Nate Shaw's father was born into slavery. Nate was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton and plowing behind a mule. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's livestock. His defiance cost him twelve years in prison.This triumphant autobiography, All God's Dangers, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral reminiscences, is the plainspoken story of an "over average" man who witnessed momentous changes in the lives of Southern people, black and white, and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.

©1974 Theodore Rosengarten and the Estate of Ned Cobb (P)2014 Tantor

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"There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness.... Now there is another one, Nate Shaw's." ( The New York Times)

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Awful narration

This narration is not listenable. I am looking forward to reading the book. The author took plains to state in his introduction that he did not write the story in dialect because his subject spoke standard American English. Why oh why would the narrator choose a voice that was exaggerated to the point of caricature. How is anyone supposed to listen to that voice for 22 hours. I am sorry to have to return this book. I look forward to reading the authors words as written.

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The quest for authenticity made incomprehensible

This is an excellent read and an infuriating listen.
The decision to use non-standard English to Evoke the speaking voice Of Nate Shaw rendered recording incomprehensible.
Perhaps it needs to be made accessible to the listener and not just an theater exercise of a cadenced voice swallowing phrases. Translation please......

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As good as a book can be!

Second time I’ve listen to this book. The first time was 25 years ago. Still one of my favorite listens! I was truly said to come to the end of this book .

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Incomprehensible narration

The narration is done in character with a thick, incomprehensible accent and affect. I would prefer that narrator let the words speak for themselves and save the acting for another venue. In the book, the author notes: "I have not reproduced a southern or black dialect because I did not hear it. I did hear the English language as I know it, spoken with regional inflection and grammar." Unlike this narration, the book is wonderfully comprehensible.

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Very educational and enjoyable.

It took a little while to get used to the deep southern accent used in the narration but the book was well worth the effort.

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  • Bryan Baker
  • 325 North End Ave., Apt. 7I, New York, NY 10282
  • 01-29-15

hearing a voice from a 100 years ago

First hand account of living in the south in the at the start of the 1900s.

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