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Take You Wherever You Go
Kenny Leon
Read by Samuel L. Jackson

Hachette Audio
June 5, 2018 / ASIN: B07DHTPL73
Nonfiction / Memoir / Audiobook - Unabridged / 5 hours and 44 minutes

Reviewed by Nicole Merritt


Theatre buffs and Leon fans will no doubt find this memoir an inspirational one. It was a long road for Kenny Leon to become a Tony award winning director. Leon lets the reader in on his background, being raised by his grandmother after his 19 year-old mother left him. His grandma Mamie was a definite influence on Kenny. After college, he abandoned his law degree pursuit to become an actor in theatre and later directed his way to Broadway with numerous hits. One of his most well-known hits, which he directed on Broadway and television, is “A Raisin in the Sun”. His memoir talks of a life far from his humble upbringing to an acclaimed director in the arts.

Yet because of, not in spite of, being raised by two amazing women, he gained a perspective and character that built a career spanning decades. His humility will inspire others to follow their dreams as well. Anyone who is an aspiring actor will certainly relish his insight.

As a side note: Let me start by saying how much I admire Samuel L. Jackson as an actor. What I didn’t like about this narration is that it left me a little flat. It didn’t take me to a high or put me in a low, it just moved along at a slow and even pace. Jackson's voice is smooth and methodical, which lends much to the opening translation initially. As the story progresses, some of the interest and intrigue of the story was lost in narration for me. I would suggest listening to an excerpt before purchasing the audiobook, as the book may make for a better performance.

Reviewed 2018