Some Sing, Some Cry
- Narrated by: Robin Miles
- Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 14-09-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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.
“In this epic saga, the sister-sister author combination of Bayeza and Shange offers a richly detailed and boldly colored account of one family’s experience in slavery and its legacies for the generations that followed. Some Sing, Some Cry is both moving and arresting.” (Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family)
“This is a complex poetic treatise on race, culture, love, and family, the use of regional vernacular, dialect, and pure song, resulting in a provocative fictional history.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Vibrant... Some Sing, Some Cry is Shange and Bayeza at their poetic best." (Essence)
"Keeps the reader turning page after page…. This story of lifesaving music and heartbroken maternity is engaging from start to finish. The Mayfield women are hilarious and sexy, gorgeous and strong." (New York Times Book Review)
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By zomodo on 03-06-11
This book was quite clever in the way in authors incorpoated the family's musical talent within the story line. I also liked the way the events of the family crossed over the time lines from slavery to the modern day.
The narration was good, as was the singing!, I watched the film of 'For Coloured Girls', the author's other book and it was very good, poetic almost, this is much the same. Very beautifully worded and poetic but still just an ordinary book, not overly arty (which i was at first concerned about).
There were a couple of surprising moments when the narrator made two errors which somehow made it to the final edit but that was funny more than annoying.
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By Barbara on 03-10-10
This book was beautifully narated by a voice that can take you to another time, a time in the deep south in the depth of slavery, and forward to an era a jazz and soul music. The can feel the love for music of the authors as they take you on a journey of stuggles and triumphs with a family that evokes a strenth of love and pride. Robin Miles, brings the voices of these characters to life. The voice characterizations brings forth a mental visionary story you will enjoy, with a delivery that will make you too, sing and cry.
I loved this book! Excellant listen!
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Megan on 06-10-10
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. The authors beautifully weave together the story of seven generations of women from slavery to modern day. The book is full of music, history, love, loss and accomplishment.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful