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Toni fled a life predestined for sorrow from cold cradle to cold crypt, and she made it! Her life needed a major re-write, and in Alabama Blue, she rewrote the hopelessness into hope, the sorrow into joy, and left the past to rest, as she moved forward into a new tomorrow.
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By Kindle Customer on 11-16-16
Listened to this one twice. Excellent!
I loved that Toni Pacini narrated this. I've heard better narrator but one can make many allowances in exchange for listening to the author's rendition. No one can quite fill the emotional toll like the author and in this case particularly. I would have enjoyed reading it but I can't imagine loving it equally. Some things are just better when read. A Mississippi girl myself, I love that drawl and it makes me miss my first home.
The story itself just flows. With all the biblibiographies that are told in flashbacks and back and forth time, the beginning- to- end was a welcome change. I feel a very fortunate person after listening to this memoir. I am not fond of people telling stories about how rough they had it just to say it was rough. This was my cup of tea. A rough story that was transcended, often by just hanging in there. Love it.
I was gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
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By Susan Joslyn on 01-14-17
A universally relatable story on many levels.
If you could sum up Alabama Blue in three words, what would they be?
Haunting, absorbing, triumphant
What was one of the most memorable moments of Alabama Blue?
I was struck most by how close to the edge she lived - as a child, a young adult and even in middle age. It was like a swamp was always sucking at her feet, trying to drag her back. The best part is that resounding pop when she finally pulls completely free.
Have you listened to any of Toni K. Pacini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, both sometimes. Sometimes I could tell what was coming and I had to stop. "Look away". Take a breath. But come right back to it.
Any additional comments?
I am not a fan of memoirs in general. However, this one is not a run of the mill life story - even if it does start in a mill town (lame pun intended). Interesting and well told, it led me to relive those decades the way I lived them, by all the things that were recognizable and to be fascinated to see it all from Ms. Pacini's perspective. She is a relatable character / person. It's hard to use the word "fun" about a story of a child's hard-scrabble start in life and the epic battles she fought as an adult. But it is a plain *good story* and yes, that made it fun. In this audio version, her southern accent and the careful traces of emotion that come from it being narrated by the author made it particularly enthralling. I would recommend this story to anyone - not because there is any profound lesson in it (although there is), or because it's one of those where you come away admiring the courage and tenacity of a fellow human (although you do) but just because it is an interesting story, vividly told.
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