The story is well written but the narrator is distracting at times. In most audiobooks, the narrators speak as though they are talking. Cornelius Jones speaks as though he is reading from a book. Having said that, the story is great. My daughter and I enjoyed every moment.
Although there really was not a performance with the narrator like many of the other audio-books, the listen was very informative and entertaining. I liked it more than I thought I would.
I found this book to be a nice summary of his life, but it was clearly aimed at a middle or elementary school level. Is there a book about Douglas for the adult reader?
I don't know
for me no. i never finished it.
i did not appreciate the narration style. i was expecting something more academic
Haven't read any of them. Only heard this one as I listened to it last week.
How much I didn't know about Frederick Douglass and learned from this audio!
Yes, he did.
Given that it's for students, it was compact and easy to understand all in just a few days of listening.
Cornelius could pick up the pace for us grownups. Even high school history students would appreciate a more adult version. Are the Sterling biographies geared to elementary school students to help them appreciate history? If so, bravo!
I recently discovered Og Mandino. I love, love, love The Greatest Salesman in the World. I would love to hear part 2.
In the top 5.
Mr. Douglas. He was more courageous than I imagined.
His expressions and voice inflections brings the story alive.
Yes, I wanted to, however, my schedule would not allow it.
I enjoyed the Simple tone and style of the writing. I found myself wanting to read the book though instead of listen to it. I found the narrator read very slowly and with an affect to his voice that I found annoying at times. I appreciated the ability to overview the book and will probably use the book in my classroom as a result.
I enjoyed learning about Frederick Douglass and his determination in the society that was deteremined to see him as an underling.
The reading was slow and therefore it was easy to understand, but many times I found myself losing attention because I was so annoyed with the reading style. I tried speeding up the recording playback but it ended up sounded wierd in another way.
I've listened to it in several pieces and finally gave up and purchased a written version. I plan on finished it on my own.
This is targeted at a young audience... and like everything targeted at young people, it is very politically correct, and wooden, and one-sided. God forbid young minds be exposed to "just the story".
With that said... it's worth six dollars and the time spent to gain a little history and perspective if you're on a budget. If you're expecting a read with deep insight and gritty details, this isn't the book for you... this is just the basics, dumbed down and moralized down for grade-schoolers.
Informative, captivating, interesting
This story gave a very captivating look into Fredrick Douglass's life from his birth to his death and was presented in an orderly, logic fashion. I learned a lot more than I learned in school about this important figure in American history listening to this audio-book. The story-telling was what kept me interested and hungry for more after I finished it.
He seemed to have a passion for telling this great man's story and did a good job with pacing the events as they unfolded.
Sometimes his voice seemed different, like it had been recorded after the original recording and then spliced back in.
I would have liked for there to have been more music and/or sound effects in certain places.
It was very basic. It is a story I want to know more about.
Very dry listening. If that's possible. I may try another Sterling biography.