An Hour Before Daylight
- Memories of a Rural Boyhood
- Narrated by: Jimmy Carter
- Length: 6 hrs
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-01-01
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Carter evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple while the rules were heartbreaking and complex. An Hour Before Daylight is a sensitive portrait of an era that shaped the nation.
"Candid...an inspirational story." ( AudioFile)
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By Samantha on 05-07-03
A rare view of rural America
Biography is not my usual choice, but this one is very engaging. Through close examination of his childhood, Jimmy Carter offers rare insight into the social relationships in a poor, southern farming community of the early 20th century. His deliberate and colorful narration paints a beautiful portrait of a uniquely American way of life. He presents thought provoking observations of the relationships between black and white Americans with open honesty. This book has substance and exciting imagery. Jimmy reads with a steady, strolling pace and deep sincerity that is quite a treat.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Leslie Grey McCawley on 21-08-06
Captures an era now all but gone
As a student of the American South I found this book wonderful. Just listening to Mr Carter's gentle narration makes me feel that if there are really people like him then all will be right with the world someday. To also hear what, as a little boy, influenced his ideals, beliefs, and formation of character gave me insight into the man I admire, and the Southern culture in another time. He writes so well, sharing small moments and large, and many of his descriptions of working and playing barefooted on the farm with his friends have stayed with me warmly and richly. This memoir captures an era that is gone, and a generation that is nearly gone. It is a sweet and dear book and very worthwhile.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful