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Voices and Silences

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  10 reviews
(Limelight). As this book explores the upbringing of James Earl Jones so does it discover his beginnings as an actor. As Jones delves deeply into his memory, so we venture deep into the rural south of his origins and early life, deep into his turbulent family history, and deep into the roles he's played both on the stage and on screens large and small. In the new epilogue ...more
Paperback, 421 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Limelight Editions (first published September 13th 1993)
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This autobiography is a full look at one of acting’s most recognizable voices. James Earl Jones goes into wonderful, unsparing detail about boyhood on farms in Mississippi and Michigan, his struggle to overcome stuttering and muteness, and his slow but steady rise in the world of acting, first on stage and then in television and movies. His look back and thoughts on some of the iconic characters that he has played over the years, such as Othello, are deep and extraordinary. I did not realize wha ...more
I've always liked James Earl Jones as an actor, and I enjoyed reading his autobiography. He came from a very humble background, and he has maintained that humility in his life. He developed a stutter as a child and then stopped talking for four years. He attributes these problems to emotional issues as a result of being abandoned by his parents, but he doesn't spend a lot of time wallowing in self-pity.

He writes a lot about his career and the many roles he's played in the theater, film and TV.
When I was at Ashland, James Earl Jones spoke there as part of a lecture series. My mother, two of my girlfriends, the mother of one of those girflfriends, and I had a little girls evening and went to see James speak. This book was purchased at the lecture with the intent of having him sign it. Mr. Jones, however, had a NASTY respiratory infection and I didn't want part of that. So, I have an unsigned copy of his book. Which is not a bad book.
Oct 08, 2007 DA rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: biography buffs, movie buffs
Facinating! JEJ is one of my favorites ever and to learn more about where he came from really gave insight into who he is now. The voice is know everyone knows, from CNN to Darth Vader to Mufasa...knowing that voice emerges from a child who chose not to speak for years fills both reader and entertainment fan with awe and curiosity.
Allen Price
Loved this book for what I learned of his origins and talents (he was a stutterer). I also learned his prodigious talents blossomed over a long time. So don't give up, friends, that hope of making it to the New York stage! Well... maybe some of you should.

Highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed reading this bio, and learning more about an actor I have admired and enjoyed watching. :)
Had this signed back when it came out 17 years ago. Engaging, but could have been somewhat better written.
This is really an interesting book. I learned a great deal about the actor and the profession.
Recommended by a friend. Still my favorite autobiography!
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