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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Charles, David Ritz Narrator: Andrew L. Barnes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ray Charles (1930–2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he reveals his life story unsparingly, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life.

Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the pervasive racism of the era, Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius by the age of thirty-two. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and country music, he invented, almost single-handedly, what became known as “soul.” And throughout a career spanning more than a half century, Ray Charles remained in complete control of his life and his music, allowing nobody to tell him what he could or couldn’t do.

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  • “Candid, explicit, sometimes embarrassing, often hilarious, always warm, touching, and deeply human—just like his music.”

    Chicago Sun-Times  

  • “An emotional blast as vivid and real, sweaty and straight-talking as the man himself.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Andrew Barnes…doesn’t imitate Charles’ distinctive voice but captures all of its passion and style…The text is entertaining and far more compelling than it would have been in print.”


  • “In his smooth baritone voice, Barnes successfully captures the mercurial personality of ‘Brother Ray,’ allowing listeners to fully grasp the legendary performer’s bravado, humility, wonder, cynicism, callousness, and tenderness…[An] outstanding audio.”


  • “Andrew L. Barnes’ rich voice captures a variety of accents perfectly, with excellent timing. A good addition to music, biography, and popular collections.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joseph Daly | 8/17/2013

    " This guy was something else, ya gotta love him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kjersti | 8/15/2013

    " I so totally read this book way before they made the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yana Bogushevskaya | 5/15/2013

    " One of my fav singers! Ray is amazing, David Ritz is good in biographies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Krogers | 1/9/2013

    " I learned so much about the triles and tribulations about this book so difficult to understand the way ray charles lived. "

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