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In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s.

His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.

©1956 Langston Hughes (P)2011 Random House

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Would you consider the audio edition of I Wonder as I Wander to be better than the print version?

Cannot say, didn't read the print version. But, I can say that the Narrator was the book most enjoyable to listen to. His voice never wavered and, though I've read several books, his narrating, by far, was excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Wonder as I Wander?

The incredible journey throughout Russia and beyond.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several scenes that were moving - i.e., leaving home for Florida and Haiti, traveling abroad, returning to Mexico, home and returning, once again, across the water to Paris - all were moving. Though he had little money, he had fun and met so many wonderful and gracious people along the way. The last chapter made an excellent notation: Mr. Hugest stated he wanted to be a professional writer, travel, meet people and view main events. I felt like I witnessed and viewed them with him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think it was the timeline. My mother often shared stories of the 30s; and hearing this fabulous book, made me feel like I was living it with the author.

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I had heard of Mr. Langston Hughes and his fabulous poetry; this book, however, was beyond anything I'd ever thought or read. It should be a must read for all.
Great, GrEaT BOOK!!

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Love this book!

I felt like I was in the places written about by Mr. Langston Hughes. It should be required reading in school. Being in my 50's and being a product of a Southern education, I was deprived of the vast amount of African American literature available. Thank God for historically black colleges like Southern University. That is where I first became aware of people like Langston Hughes, Weldon Johnson and many others.

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Should be on everyone's must read list!

This is a fascinating memoir of Mr. Hughes' journey(s) around the globe during the 1930's. From the Americas through Europe, the Soviet Union, Shanghai, Japan, Spain and back. Mr. Hughes seemed to be near the center of most of the major events of that decade.

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An amazing life

This book offers a perspective that is beyond informative. Following Mr. Hughes on his travels through the Deep South, the Soviet Union and lands beyond is a treat. A well-read and fascinating account of life in the 1930s.

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An historical journey through Hughes' travels

Interesting, historical first person opinions. Gives a good perspective on the character of Langston Hughes and the global world he casually encounters. As a lover of history I enjoyed knowing Russia as it evolved toward equality; Spain under attack and the other countries he lived in. Hughes becomes so much more than a great writer. He was inquisitive, brave, kind and brilliant.

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Very listenable

Where does I Wonder as I Wander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I like non-fiction. This audiobook ranks in the top 10 I have heard. The narration is excellent, and the story moves from one interesting story to another.

What other book might you compare I Wonder as I Wander to and why?

I was reminded of my recent listen, Winston Churchill. The time frame was similar, which is to me a worthy era of history. I did not know anything about Langston Hughes. This audiobook broadened my perspective.

Have you listened to any of the narrator???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to any of the narrator`s other performances. He did well in conveying the voice of Langston Hughes.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Harlem was in vogue.

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The story prompted me to frequently wonder, ``What drove Langston Hughes to wander as he did??` This was a great study in character.

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Amazing Book!!!!

I’m not a big reader of personal biographies, my books of choice are sci-fi and end-of-world story lines. However, I took a literature class in my early years in college and Langston Hughes was one of many authors that were identified in our text book. His poem “I,too, sing America” was one that I remember because of its deeper meaning, especially to Black Americans. This book gave me a deeper appreciation of how he saw the world and how his upbringing never hindered his youthful and adventurous sprit. Great audiobook!!!!!

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Definitely worth a read

A must read for anyone interested in the black experience across the world in the 1930s. Witty, insightful, and chock full of information that will leave you researching for more details.
Fantastic narration, this is just as I would've imagined Langston Hughes reading his own words.

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Langston Hughes wonderful journey.

I have always wanted to know more about one of my all time favorite writers lift. This was definitely the book to read to get to know him, travel and see what he experienced, who he met, and how the unspoiled life of a writer used his vision and talent to bridge that gap in our minds of other people, cultures and whatever human blocks we dream up for ourselves.

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Langston Huge’s book

Enjoyable and a great history Lesson !! I Should have read it long ago
Should be mandatory in schools around the world

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  • beverley foster
  • 05-20-18

Great listen

Beautifully written I really enjoyed it. Descriptive and captivating it describes a life well spent full of interest and surprise

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  • Rudy Lorentz
  • 11-24-17

Historical wandering

Langston Hughes so clearly paints a picture of the places he travels to and the people he meets. An important documentation of black histories pre WWII

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  • Kat
  • 04-11-16

Definitely worth listening to ....

Langston Hughes lived an eventful life. This part of his life story is as if it more interesting than the first (Big Sea).

I believe I am not hooked 😊