If you’re looking for a thought-provoking listen, Summer of ’85, narrated by Kevin Hart, is a must-add to your Audible audiobook list. The gripping six-episode series organically connects two significant events in Philadelphia in 1985, showcasing the city’s best and worst aspects in equal measure.
A Tale of Two Events
Welcome to the summer of 1985 in Philadelphia: a time when the city was rocked by Mayor W. Wilson Goode’s controversial decision to bomb the headquarters of MOVE, a radical organization. Just two months later, the Live Aid concert was held in Philadelphia to raise funds for victims of the Ethiopian famine. Separated by a mere eight miles, these events would reveal the city’s complex history and the compelling irony of hosting a benefit for Africa after destroying a thriving African American neighborhood.
A Compelling Production
Chris Morrow crafts an exceptional storyline in “Summer of ’85”, producing a powerful series that effectively depicts the events. Charlamagne tha God’s SBH Productions and Kevin Hart’s narration inject a unique perspective into the audiobook’s production. Hart, a Philadelphia native himself, delivers an earnest performance that effectively portrays the human emotions that underpin the conflicts. The audiobook features interviews with Bob Geldof, Patti LaBelle, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Mike Africa Jr.
The Final Verdict
Summer of ’85 delivers much more than a historical account of two events that took place in Philadelphia. The series thoughtfully explores the backstory leading to the conflicts, offering multiple perspectives that present the nuanced struggles of the diverse communities involved. It is a must-listen for anyone interested in exploring the city’s social complexities or fascinating accounts of history.
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