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With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ossie Davis Narrator: Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. With Ossie and Ruby overflows with consummate storytelling skill, but it's much more than a wonderfully engaging self-portrait. For as they reminisce in alternating chapters, Ossie and Ruby offer a vivid picture of the 20th-century African-American experience, both in the rural South and the urban North.

For Ossie and Ruby, stardom and social responsibility were inseparable, so along with their theatrical stories of Broadway and Hollywood, where black actors fought to escape racial stereotypes, they offer an insider's chronicle of political commitment that drew the wrath of Senator Joe McCarthy and, later, the friendship of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. And, perhaps most important to them, here is the story of their private lives and the family whose love and security more than repaid the sacrifices they made.

Often funny, occasionally heartbreaking, and always clear-eyed and candid about themselves and the world they helped to shape, Ossie and Ruby have recorded a book sure to win the heart of anyone who cares about American theater, the struggle for civil rights, and the deep, inspiring values that have guided the lives of two great artists who blazed a triumphant trail.

For the first time ever, experience this archival tour de force recording. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Kevin J. | 9/13/2012

    " A frank and open discussion on a life fully lived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Myla | 9/3/2011

    " This is an excellent book. I love how Ossie and Ruby alternate chapters. Sometimes Ossie loses me because he kind of drags on a bit, but that was his personality I guess. I learned so much about what took place during their marriage. So far I have enjoyed this autobiography the most. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Eric | 4/15/2010

    " An interesting pair of lives lived, but I found a great deal of the detail to be tedious. Listening to Ossie And Ruby reading their book does add a wonderful texture to the narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Eric | 3/18/2010

    " An interesting pair of lives lived, but I found a great deal of the detail to be tedious. Listening to Ossie And Ruby reading their book does add a wonderful texture to the narrative. "

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