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Like People in History

A Gay American Epic
Narrated by: Ethan Sawyer
Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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.

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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  • Jeffrey
  • 17-12-2014

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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  • James
  • 26-04-2015

Stupendous

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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  • ThatGuy
  • 15-04-2015

Excellent book, superb narration

This book is not for everyone. Kudos for a great, sprawling epic of LGBT life across the decades, with dignity and wit. While written in the times, many might not now appreciate the gravitas of the AIDS epidemic, nor be willing to relive it in such hypnotically despairing detail. If you are, you'll be rewarded with a rich love story and commentary about the necessity of a logical family.

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  • Susie
  • 21-10-2013

A Queer Classic—Gay Culture Behind the Curtain

"Like People in History" is a look at gay culture behind the curtain.

With the sweep of late Twentieth Century as a backdrop, it’s the story of two men, cousins, as they grow from boyhood in the straight-laced closeted Fifties, to the underground Greenwich Village scene and Stonewall, through the glittery, coke-fueled Seventies, the AIDS crisis of the Eighties and finally landing in the Nineties, bruised and battered.

This book is non-stop—intense and heartbreaking scenes. The end will have you in tears.

Read by the amazing Ethan Sawyer. Sawyer follows the story’s hairpin turns, gives each character a unique voice and never misses a beat.

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  • Paul
  • 08-05-2020

Intriguing story marred by narration

Those of us of a certain age will identify with each section of this intriguing story, well told.. The constant distraction of mispronounced words, both French and English, leads me to wonder why there are "producer" credits for these productions. There needs to be the expectation that no matter how mellifluous the narrator's voice may be, there is an inviolable rule that he look up the pronunciation of any word not in his daily vocabulary. Come on, guys!

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  • Patrick Gallanger
  • 29-10-2019

Excellent Story dealing with a very difficult time

Being a gay man who is about 7 years younger than Roger, (the lead character) I lived through the period of burying friends, lovers and relatives in the 80s and 90s. I do not normally enjoy stories of that period as it brings back too many very painful memories. However, this book handled telling a story for the period very well expressing the joy and pain of the era.

Very well done.

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  • TLD
  • 05-05-2019

Intelligent but too tedious to keep me listening.

This may be good literature but I found I too slow and boring. Excellent writing technique, incremental character definition but still didn’t keep me interested.

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  • curtis haase
  • 07-12-2018

Fun story through the history of the two men

Easy listening, keeps your interest. I like the way the story weaved the history of the cousins with the present.

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  • Pippin
  • 03-06-2016

A love affair that began years ago.

I have loved this book since reading it the first time 20 years ago. I go back every couple of years to re-visit the characters. The audio version is wonderful also.

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  • An Average American
  • 02-01-2016

Surprisingly good

I must admit, I had never read Picano's work before, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. A classic of gay literature. The narrator takes some getting used to, but his interpretation of Alistair is fabulous.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 21-08-2016

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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  • Soraki
  • 25-07-2019

To whom it may concern - youth experiences

of course another time & social environment - major biographical stories but a lot of boring talks and reflections about 'not really good ole' times, then the first Aids experience together with the ongoing aging process in the former "beach boys community" - but we knew already, when the Music's over turn off the lights

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  • Radical Rainbow
  • 09-03-2015

horribly written

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