Life in Motion

  • by Misty Copeland
  • Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Picture a ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes. What does she look like?"
As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious 13-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina.
When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: A feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.
With an insider's unique point of view, Misty opens a window into the life of a professional ballerina who lives life center stage: From behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets. But in this beautifully written memoir, she also delves deeper to reveal the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.
Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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What the Critics Say

"An unexpected page-turner. . . . Her story is an inspiration to anyone-man or woman, black or white-who has ever chased a dream against the odds, and the grace with which she triumphs is an example for us all." (Booklist, Starred Review)

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Has Copeland heard this narration? Has Audible?

Would you try another book from Misty Copeland and/or Lisa Reneé Pitts?

Yes for Copeland. No for Pitts. As I listened to Ms. Pitts, I kept thinking, has Misty heard this narration?


What did you like best about this story?

That she told it. Telling our stories is important.


How could the performance have been better?

The performance would have been BEST if Copeland had been the narrator of her own book. If that wasn't possible, it might have been BETTER if a narrator with a younger voice had been hired and then directed, if need be, while in studio. Pitts' performance would have been ACCEPTABLE (at best) if close attention had been paid to her delivery and if re-takes had been requested while in studio or once it was listened to by Audible.

Pitts' narration was beyond distracting. Her over enunciation made it sound like she was reading a children's book, e.g., "ow-er fam-i-ly," "ow-er mother," "ow-er" father." She also mispronounced words and dance terms or put the emphasis on the wrong syllable, e.g., "pas de doo", "choreo-graphy". And this gem: "...fisherman had 'pliéd' San Pedro's waters...". Are you kidding me?! Surely they "plied" the waters" of the harbour.

Pitts also made well-known song lyrics unrecognizable when read aloud. Was she not allowed to sing the first lines of songs by Mariah Carey, New Edition or The Marvelettes?


Did Life in Motion inspire you to do anything?

The poor narration inspired me to write my first book review. I doubt that's what Misty had in mind.


Any additional comments?

This book deserves better narration than what it got here.

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- Debbie

Great Story, Terrible Narrator

If you could sum up Life in Motion in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, insightful, honest.


Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

Absolutely not. Her phrasing was stilted, her pronunciation was overdone, her dramatic choices were bizarre. She truly distracted from the story in a way I've never experienced from another narrator.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Despite the terrible narration, I did listen to this book in one weekend. Misty Copeland has a really interesting story.


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- Kimberly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio