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THE BUTLER A Witness to History

by | Read by Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels

Biography & Memoir • 2.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2013

This book offers backstory and a "making-of" look at the movie THE BUTLER. But for all its star power, the tag-team approach to the narration doesn't work. David Oyelowo delivers the opening section, about the life of Eugene Allen, the butler on whom this story is based. Oyelowo's voice has the quiet grace and conviction of the man himself, as well as a slight accent and a soft tone. He uses his normal voice for journalist Wil Haygood. Oprah Winfrey reads a history of blacks and the cinema, but she hands off the reading when the material switches to the first person. Forest Whitaker picks up those parts. At that point, it seems odd to switch narrators. The story itself is compelling enough that the producers should have let Oyelowo read the entire work. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2013]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2013

CD ISBN 9781442368958 $14.99 • Two CDs

DD ISBN 9781442368187 $9.95

 

Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2013

CD ISBN 978-1-4906-0154-0 $36.75 • Two CDs

DD ISBN 978-1-4906-0176-2 $33.00

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