Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Narrated by: Dan Butler, Barry Scott
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
Release date: 03-20-08
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery…
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel…
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream…
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it…
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana and in an East Texas honky-tonk – and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda, an upscale New York gallery, a downtown dumpster, and a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.
I’ve had this book on my list to read for years but just never got to it. Then I saw that the movie based on the book was being released. Luckily I had just finished listening to another book so I quickly downloaded the audio and started listening to it.
I was immediately drawn to Denver and Ron, and stayed hooked throughout the book. I loved the relationship that grew between Ron, his wife Deborah, and Denver. It supports what I’ve always known, that people are just people. We all want/deserve the same things in life. Skin color and the amount of money you have is not at all important. How you treat people is.
This is such an inspiring book, full of love, kindness, and caring people. There is a sadness there too for how Denver’s life played out before he met the Hall’s. It’s also very funny at times and I laughed out loud quite often.
I’m glad I decided to listen to the audio instead of reading this book. I found out after I had finished it that the book was hard to follow because the chapters alternated between Ron and Denver but they weren’t labeled “Ron” or “Denver”. Some reviewers had a hard time with that.
The narrators did a good job, making this easy to listen to. One thing I wasn’t crazy about was the music in between the chapters. Sometimes it made me jump because it came out of the blue and was loud, and it scared me. Sometimes the music played over the narrator making it hard to hear the last few words.
I loved this book and can’t wait to see the movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.