• Pryor Convictions

  • And Other Life Sentences
  • By: Richard Pryor
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (919 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Pryor journeys from his childhood in a family that worked in whore-houses and bars, through to his years in Hollywood - the money, the women, the drugs - and the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

©2018 Indigo, Inc. (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Powerful and painful

This was one of the best books on Audible, yet one of the most painful. Richard Pryor was an exceptional talent and his insights in this book are amazing. I would have liked to hear more about some of his professional relationships and it seemed that he only skims the surface when talking Eddie Murphy, Redd Foxx, and Gene Wilder. One of the best and most brutally honest autobiographies I’ve read.

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The tragic life of Richard Pryor

What a story. Miss the man and his humor. This book humanizes him and brings him close to earth, but don't worry, his feet never touch the ground.

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Not funny, just sad

A dead honest and truly sad story that moved me. I didn't know all of this about Richard Pryor. This one I will for sure listen to again! Well written and read. Five stars from me.

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Read the book years ago

I really think the narration could have been better. I read the book year ago and the narrator just did not capture the Richard Pryor style. It was not his fault. Maybe a comedian should have do it.

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great storytelling

great storytelling but the saddest thing I've ever read. I kept waiting for the jokes or the light and there was none

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Wow...

Richard Pryor lived his life... should have been dead long time ago.. Reminded me of the stories some of my uncle's told. Great read when you think your own life is fucked up.

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Great Reading Absolutely Amazing

Absolutely Amazing Stories Life Lessons We Can All Learn From!! Thanks Mr.Richard Pryor Love You !!!!

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Interesting

Wow, Richard Pryor. I think that is enough said. very interesting to read this book.

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great read. I was aware of some of the things in this book but not all

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A must have

If you want to know how its genius mind worked, you have to read it. It is an honest self description from the funniest man ever born.

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  • sam Horgan
  • 11-19-18

Amazing

I had no idea what to expect. at first I thought it would be a light listen but it turns into a funny but Frank assessment of his life. for all the highs and lows you may think you know about, this book explains what a tormented human Richard Pryor was. l

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  • Baba Ganoush
  • 09-27-22

Pulls no punches. sad, tragic and funny

hard to put into words what I think. I love the comedian in Richard Pryor. The man was truly a genius. The other parts of him the violence inside him and his addictions. paint a more tragic, haunted figure. The fact he achieved so much is a miracle in itself.

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  • Helen Thornton
  • 08-03-22

fascinating

what a fascinating life, don't listen while the kids are about! what a life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-22

Essential listening

Okay, so, to address the two most common gripes in other reviews:

1) "It's not a laugh a minute!". No, of course it's not; Richard Pryor was a human being, and this is his honest autobiography! There *are* plenty of laughs, but no, not every page is stuffed with them. Unsurprising when you consider that the raw honesty sees subjects such as being abused as a child, racism, being an abuser of women himself, and living with MS come up.

2) "The reading is poor". Are you *kidding* me?? No, JD Jackson doesn't have Richard Pryor's voice - he's not an impressionist - but for me, he's captured Pryor's rhythm and heart with amazing skill. I'm much more impressed with the performance than I expected to be.

This autobiography reveals the depth and complexity of Pryor's life and personality. He did things that can not, and should not, be excused; something that it seems he would quickly agree with himself. One important takeaway is that he was a ferociously intelligent man and, in addition, he was strong enough to admit his own failings when he was finally in a position to see them. This is absolutely essential listening for fans, and I strongly recommend it to non-fans, too - this just might spark your interest in his work.

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  • simon
  • 01-22-22

I really enjoyed this book.

It was a hard listen at times due to being very emotional, it was very well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-21

pretty good.

bit of a slow burner. last few chapters are sad and poignant. would recommend all the same.

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  • colin challinor
  • 02-26-20

Good story but....

I've gone right off Richard Pryor after hearing this book! Interesting story though, not sure how he remembered this stuff when he was off his face most of the time!

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  • Dawn
  • 02-06-20

interesting story

interesting story but very much expected as Richard Pryor lived a lot of his demons in the public eye. still worth a read though if your a fan or buddin comedian.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-19

Great book disappointing audiobook

The whole performance is full of the narrator crowbarring in Richards stand up. As a huge Pryor fan to hear all of his material spoken like this was annoying and ruined the flow of what otherwiae is a great story

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