Some Sing, Some Cry Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.
Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast. Betty and her feisty teenage granddaughter Eudora are leaving for the mainland, bringing with them the ghosts, scars, and songs they have carried for so long as they meet unknown challenges ahead. From there, we meet seven generations of Mayfield men and women, and hear the songs that provide the score to their lives. Acclaimed narrator Robin Miles goes beyond the prose to transform song lyrics sprinkled throughout the book into beautiful music, making this a uniquely rich literary and audio experience.
Playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be a star-studded major motion picture this fall, directed by Tyler Perry.
Ifa Bayeza is an Edgar Award-winning playwright, producer, and conceptual theater artist.
Yale Drama School-trained Robin Miles has appeared on stage and TV and narrated over 100 audiobooks.
Free with this audiobook: an exclusive interview with the authors.
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|Listening Length||26 hours and 27 minutes|
|Author||Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 14, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #192,576 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,223 in African American Literature
#7,496 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,131 in Black & African American Women's Fiction (Books)
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On a personal note, I'm curious as to how they wrote the book together, and wish they'd write about their process. At times I thought I could identify some of shange's passages, having read her before; particularly the way she weaves music into the narrative so it becomes as much a part of the story as dialog or events.
I've loved the work of ntozake shange ever since "for colored girls who've considered suicide when the rainbow is enough." She isn't very prolific, but when she does write a play or a poem or a novel, it's well worth the wait. Still, this book has me hungry for more. I'd love it if the authors decided to focus in on one or a few of the characters from the book, and take them further. Can you writers hear me? Encore!
This story started with Betty Mayfield, a slave, who has born her master's children. When she was emancipated, she took her granddaughter and fled to Charleston. Bette was a fotune- teller, and young Eudora (Dora) becomes an accomplished seamtress, only to marry a man who could never meet her needs. In his desperation to please her, and make a fortune, he abandones the family and heads West, never to be heard from again. Their property,now lost to debt,throws them into complete ruin. Whatever is to become of Bette, now old and bent, and Dora and her two girls?-- one a beautiful singer with so much promise and the other a spitfire, very much like her father in looks and temperment. The storyline continues all the way to New York and Paris. What lies between is for the reader to discover---what a treat in store!
If the pace and style of writing in the beginning of the book had continued through the end, I could have enjoyed the entire book. However, about two thirds way into the book, I felt rushed and confused because I wasn't given the opportunity to "know" the characters as I had in the beginning. Hence, the rating of three as opposed to four stars
Still, the book is very insightful and as a white woman, it was interesting and painful to see the world through the eyes of black former slaves and their descendants -- and there are some wonderful historical nuggets that I took from it. It's certainly not the worst book I've ever read, but it could have been one of the best. I do think it needed massive editing before going to print; about a hundred pages less and it would have been a tightly-woven saga.