• Like People in History

  • A Gay American Epic
  • By: Felice Picano
  • Narrated by: Ethan Sawyer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-24-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.4 (69 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Narrator Ethan Sawyer's heartfelt performance complements the dramatic events of 20th-century gay history as experienced by Roger Sansarc and his cousin Alistair Dodge. Like People in History opens with AIDS-stricken Alistair's birthday celebration, and Sawyer immediately holds listeners' attention with his nervy tone as Roger brings pills to help Alistair end his suffering. The story moves back and forth from the cousins' first encounters as fourth graders and their subsequent experiences to the present day, detailing Alistair's fate amidst the fallout from the AIDS crisis. Sawyer voices Roger as a wry and self-aware narrator whose conservatism is tempered by his complicated empathy for his theatrical cousin.
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Publisher's Summary

Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960's, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990's.
©1996 Felice Picano (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Jeffrey on 12-17-14

It's All About Roger And Alistair

Whatever else this book is, it's at the least an accounting of the odd but intimate lifelong friendship between two gay men from adolescence in the 50's until Alistair's untimely demise in the 90's. Picano uses historical facts and pop culture along the way to bring the story forward in a very entertaining fashion, especially using their time on Fire Island to highlight the 70's. One might easily suggest that he uses the two men and their many friends and acquaintances to illustrate gay history through five decades. That's fine, but in the end, for me, it was indeed all about Roger and Alistair. By the way, the narration was superb and spot on.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By James on 04-26-15


What did you love best about Like People in History?

This is a must listen! I never lose interest in this beautiful story!

Which character – as performed by Ethan Sawyer – was your favorite?

Alister and George

If you could rename Like People in History, what would you call it?

A history of gay culture in the U.S.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books that makes books worthwhile. It is a story I'll never forget. I love all the characters. It is truly and epic

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Mr. J. A. Ball on 08-21-16

An enjoyable epic that I'd wanted to revisit

I've read a number of Felice Picano novels over the years and have generally enjoyed them. This epic tale spans several decades and allows the reader to experience gay life in America through the dawn of gay lib to the height of the aids epidemic. A great listen and very well performed.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By DF on 03-09-15

horribly written

trash dressed up as a classic,it's not it's simply awful, dull,confusing and vile characters. avoid

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