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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sidney Poitier Narrator: Sidney Poitier Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sidney Poitier is one of the most revered actors in the history of Hollywood. He has overcome enormous obstacles in extraordinary times and is a role model for many Americans because of his convictions, bravery, and grace. Poitier reflects on his amazing life in Life Beyond Measure, offering inspirational advice and personal stories in the form of extended letters to his great-granddaughter. Writing for all who admire his example and who search for wisdom only a man of great experience can offer, this American icon shares his thoughts on love, faith, courage, and the future.

Poitier draws upon the perspective and wisdom gained from his memories as a poor boy in the Bahamas, his experience of racism coming to the United States, falling in love and raising a family, breaking the race barrier in theater and film during the Civil Rights Era, achieving stardom and success in Hollywood, and being a diplomat and humanitarian. He reflects on the deepest questions and the significant passages of his life, the virtues that helped him through tough times, and the sense of purpose and history that strengthened him. He emphasizes the importance of the role of faith in a technological age, as well as our responsibility to the earth and future generations. Throughout, Poitier shares stories about the people of courage he has met along the way and the meaning of life in the face of death.

Life Beyond Measure is the perfect book to inspire readers to live the fullest life with integrity, from one of our most respected celebrities and a national treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s typical of Poitier’s modesty that what may be his last book is not another celebration of his triumphs but a collection of lessons learned by that wise old actor, passed on to generations who might never truly understand how he changed movies.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Some people aren’t satisfied to be dashing, principled, talented, influential, and legendary; they have to keep giving of themselves. In Life Beyond Measure, Poitier unaffectedly muses on life’s mysteries, as compelling as ever in his ninth decade.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Wise life lessons for everyone’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”


  • “Celebrated writer/director/actor Poitier returns with a third memoir…His writing is deep, his views are that of a wise man who has seen the world from every angle. Poitier’s classical, firm, and rolling voice is entirely engaging, and listeners will find themselves yearning for more.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2008 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award
  • A 2008 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
  • Grammy
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award
  • Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year”

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mom Shaw | 2/20/2014

    " I have always like Sidney Poitier and his films make you think... I enjoyed this book, about his life history basically and it gave me great encouragement to write my own book. I don't have the novelty of being famous and that helping me sell my book but to hear his simple life stories and people and events that changed and molded him I makes it clear that we are all molded and become a product of what we are surrounded by. He is a wonderful reader for the book, I listened to it and would recommend it to anyone who thinks they would enjoy a letter based biography "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vanessa | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book. definitely worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shana Nichols | 1/17/2014

    " I wish there was more in the book directly related to his life rather than musings about the universe and unanswered questions. But I LOVE hearing him speak :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tyrrie | 1/13/2014

    " Poitier once again delivers a life worth sharing. "

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