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SOUL OF A BUTTERFLY Reflections on Life's Journey

by | Read by Ossie Davis, Hana Yasmeen Ali

Biography & Memoir • 5 hrs. • Abridged • © 2004

Muhammad Ali’s memoir focuses largely on his spiritual evolution from his childhood to his years as a boxing star, through fatherhood and into his role as a Parkinson’s disease advocate and peace activist. Ali shows a depth to his character that is not reflected well in the late Ossie Davis’s reading, which is largely one-dimensional in its portrayal of Ali as egocentric and a bit slow. Ali’s simple prose is sprinkled with his boxing poetry, some read by Davis and some read by Ali’s daughter Hana. Hana’s reading is a bit forced, with the exception of a heartfelt letter to her dad she reads at the book’s conclusion. Ali has a lot of interesting things to say and a solid philosophy toward life, but his ideas are diluted by a lackluster reading. H.L.S. 2005 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE/JULY 05]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2004

CS ISBN $25.00 • Three cassettes

CD ISBN $29.95 • Four CDs

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