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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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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.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful