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Review: Everybody’s Brother

November 12, 2013

Everybody's Brother

Thomas DeCarlo Callaway was born in Atlanta, Georgia in May of 1974.  His father was a preacher and married to someone besides his mother so he didn’t play much of a role in his life.  Thomas’s mother and grandmother did the best they could but his childhood was a little unstable.  He didn’t enjoy school and made some poor decisions but, luckily, was in the “Dirty South” as a new musical subgenre emerged.  Music was his saving grace, first with Goodie Mob, then with Gnarls Barkley and later as solo artist CeeLo Green.

I’ve been a fan of CeeLo Green‘s since his days with Danger Mouse as one half of the duo Gnarls Barkley so I was anxious to read his memoir, Everybody’s Brother.  Having lived near Atlanta for years, I was familiar with the rise of Southern hip hop but I didn’t know the story of Green’s childhood.  I found it interesting but there was no big shock or revelation.  His childhood was sad at times but he had a loving family and he’s made the best of the opportunities presented to him.

I listened to the audio version of this book and, overall, it was just okay for me.  The audio is read by Big Gipp, a friend of Green’s from his days with Goodie Mob, and I didn’t think he was a good choice – he took odd pauses as he read and didn’t read with much emotion.  I thought CeeLo’s narration of the introduction was better and wondered why he didn’t read the whole book.  I can’t help but wonder if I would have enjoyed Everybody’s Brother more in print.  The audio is on 6 CDs and lasts about 6 hours.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2013 5:30 am

    I enjoy his music so I was interested in his memoir. Looks like print is the way to go with this book.

  2. November 12, 2013 6:21 am

    I enjoy Ceelo on THE VOICE and would like to learn more about him. It’s unfortunate that the narrator wasn’t all that appealing.

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 12, 2013 9:24 am

    Sounds good but I would have been more into trying this one had he narrated it.

  4. November 12, 2013 10:10 am

    I am totally out of it – never heard of that music!

  5. Amy @ My Friend Amy permalink
    November 12, 2013 10:32 am

    It’s interesting how much a narrator can affect your experience of a book!

  6. November 12, 2013 1:31 pm

    I’ve seen him on The Voice – but now I’m intrigued by a book. I’ve subscribed to Marion Roach’s blog to read and learn to write memoir better. “Wedlocked” is coming my way and I’ll let you know how it is!

  7. Patty permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:37 pm

    Hmmm…I really don’t do memoirs but you have made this sound interesting…

  8. November 12, 2013 3:12 pm

    I haven’t heard of the author or the music. 🙂

    THANKS for a nice review.


  9. November 12, 2013 3:21 pm

    Sounds like a book I’d like in print. I’m not big on audio, and it sounds like this narrator was a poor choice.

  10. November 12, 2013 3:22 pm

    That’s disappointing — I absolutely expected you’d say it was read by CeeLo Green. It sounds like an interesting story, though!

  11. November 12, 2013 5:36 pm

    I didn’t realize CeeLo had a memoir out! Thank you for your review, Kathy. I don’t know who Big Gipp is but I will Google his name.

  12. November 12, 2013 8:33 pm

    I enjoy him on The Voice an hope that he’s innocent of the charges against him.

  13. November 13, 2013 5:12 am

    Sounds like a better print read than an audio.

  14. November 13, 2013 10:07 am

    it is fascinating how a huge sub-genre of music evolved and came out of the south…and how Atlanta has become such a force in the music and film industry!

  15. November 13, 2013 11:31 am

    This sounds interesting but since it doesn’t stand out, I’m going to pass on reading this.

  16. November 13, 2013 4:35 pm

    I like CeeLo Green, but I don’t follow his music much. His story sounds fascinating though – I may have to consider giving this a try.

  17. November 22, 2013 2:30 pm

    Too bad CeeLo didn’t narrate the whole book. Sounds like an interesting memoir though!

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