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In this groundbreaking audiobook, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.
Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land... racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."
In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the pause-resisting drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.
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By ARK on 06-27-15
Brilliant. But what's up with the PDF?
Would you listen to Hold Still again? Why?
Sally Mann paints vivid portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes. I listen again and again.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hold Still?
I was especially struck by the moment when she realizes that offering a lift to a crippled black man might have endangered his life. She grew up in the Jim Crow south, but had no understanding of the racial realities of that environment.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This book needs to be savored over days and even weeks.
Any additional comments?
Blurry photographs in the PDF are an insult to the author and the reader. The publisher should fix this by scaling them appropriately. They are clear in thumbnails. Fix this abomination!
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Shecky on 06-21-15
Good Story PDF BAD!
Where does Hold Still rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I enjoy the hearing about this artists life and have always enjoyed her work. But the downloadable PDF is the WORST! I think audible needs to redo. Please!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful