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  • Pryor Convictions

  • And Other Life Sentences
  • By: Richard Pryor
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Pryor Convictions

By: Richard Pryor
Narrated by: JD Jackson
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Summary

Richard Pryor journeys from his childhood in a family that worked in whore-houses and bars, through to his years in Hollywood - the money, the women, the drugs - and the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

©2018 Indigo, Inc. (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Amazing

I had no idea what to expect. at first I thought it would be a light listen but it turns into a funny but Frank assessment of his life. for all the highs and lows you may think you know about, this book explains what a tormented human Richard Pryor was. l

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pretty good.

bit of a slow burner. last few chapters are sad and poignant. would recommend all the same.

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Good book

Great Life, Amazing comedian. Well Written Only wish Richard Prior was Alive to Read himself

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I really enjoyed this book.

It was a hard listen at times due to being very emotional, it was very well read.

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context and narrator

awesome book, sad, funny, entertaining, wise, direct and much more

he is such a great story teller, very happy that I found this book.

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things I didn't know about him

in depth life brilliant things I didn't know about him a truly good listen awesome

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Essential listening

Okay, so, to address the two most common gripes in other reviews:

1) "It's not a laugh a minute!". No, of course it's not; Richard Pryor was a human being, and this is his honest autobiography! There *are* plenty of laughs, but no, not every page is stuffed with them. Unsurprising when you consider that the raw honesty sees subjects such as being abused as a child, racism, being an abuser of women himself, and living with MS come up.

2) "The reading is poor". Are you *kidding* me?? No, JD Jackson doesn't have Richard Pryor's voice - he's not an impressionist - but for me, he's captured Pryor's rhythm and heart with amazing skill. I'm much more impressed with the performance than I expected to be.

This autobiography reveals the depth and complexity of Pryor's life and personality. He did things that can not, and should not, be excused; something that it seems he would quickly agree with himself. One important takeaway is that he was a ferociously intelligent man and, in addition, he was strong enough to admit his own failings when he was finally in a position to see them. This is absolutely essential listening for fans, and I strongly recommend it to non-fans, too - this just might spark your interest in his work.

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Great story

Gritty and real. Great narration. Recommend but be prepared for some very strong language. Enjoy.

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Funny

Very funny and interesting look at Richard’s life. Well read maybe could have gone into more details about his films

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interesting story

interesting story but very much expected as Richard Pryor lived a lot of his demons in the public eye. still worth a read though if your a fan or buddin comedian.

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