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Life Is So Good

One Man's Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How He Learned to Read at Age 98
Narrated by: LeVar Burton
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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In Life Is So Good, read by Emmy Award nominee LeVar Burton, George Dawson shares his unique wisdom about survival, joy, people, and the hidden beauty of growing old. Now 101, he has witnessed a century of change. We hear the history of America as seen through his eyes - race relations in the South, the World Wars, the invention of the automobile, and other historic events. Though he was only eight years old when he left home to work on a white family's farm, he took with him his parents' positive outlook - based on appreciating what he had, the wise observance of others, and common sense. Dawson's story offers a moving prescription for a satisfying and meaningful life.
©2000 by Richard Glaubman (P)2000 by Audio Literature

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  • Kimberly
  • 2005-01-16

One of my favorites!

George Dawson spent the first 98 years of his life unable to read and signed his name with an X. He kept it a secret for years. At 98, George decided to attend Adult Education Classes to learn how to read. I didn't want to miss a single word of this sweet story because it could be a life lesson. Who wouldn't be inspired? LeVar Burton's beautiful narration was the icing on the cake. George Dawson lived to be 103 and learned to read. I found myself wondering if I could ever do the same at half that age. My only complaint is that the audio book was abridged. I hope the publishers eventually offer an unabridged version because I'd buy it too. This one is a keeper!

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  • sparrowhawk
  • 2012-09-25

everyone should read this!

What did you love best about Life is So Good?

George has so many experiences that he recalls in this book, due to his long life, he lived through much of American history. Listening to this is like having a grandparent tell you stories of when they were young, except most grandparents didn't go through so much. EVERYONE could learn from George's simple advice. Do read this, you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-20

Great book, terrible Audiobook

I understand this is an abridged version of the book, but it skips over important parts of the book, including at times a full chapter! Read the book - I wouldn't bother with the audio version.

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  • Susan D. West
  • Seattle, Wa United States
  • 2012-05-24

It was so good.

What does LeVar Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was very persuasive. Because of Levar's believability, I almost thought the author was also the narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed AND cried.

Any additional comments?

It gave me a glimpse of what life was like for some people during the past years. I was amazed at the memory and the unending endurance and optimism of George Dawson. It was truly inspiring.

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  • teatime
  • New York
  • 2011-10-09

Life is so good

I enjoyed this book and the tales of wandering around the US by rail. Nice, light and very enjoyable book.

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  • Amy
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2009-05-07

Read and reread

I purchased the book and now I have it via audible to listen over and over again. Highly recommend

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  • Erica
  • 2019-11-19

Such A Positive Life-Story

Mr. Dawson lived a very simple life, despite the dangerous times for Black Americans, and hearing LaVar Burton read it made the life of this extraordinary and tenacious man so visual for me. With limited means and illiterate, Mr. Dawson traveled across the country. He was not fussy and didn't mind sleeping wherever he could. He worked very hard and didn't mind doing it. A man of honor, Mr. Dawson, made certain to stay out of trouble, raised a family, and learned to read in his 90s. What a remarkable person. I'm glad I had the opportunity to listen to his story. If all people practiced what he says kept him on this earth as long as it did, this world could be a much nicer place to live and we'd all feel that our lives are so good, too.

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  • Mama BCBG
  • 2019-11-07

Loved this book!

This is a wonderful story of one man's courage, perseverance, love for God and family, and survival during some of the worst of times for African- Americans.

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  • Justin & Lindsay
  • 2019-05-03

So good

what a great story of a man that loves a good life. so much to be learned by George

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  • candjsmith
  • 2019-03-02

Wonderfully uplifting

A wonderfully uplifting book! The goodness of George comes through in the story and narration. There is so much wisdom in the optimism portrayed.