Better is not the right word. Complementary. Mixed media is how I read now.I buy both the audio edition and the first edition hardcover of a book when both are available. I live with the book in my ear in the car and on my walks with my Cali early morning and late night. I curl up with the hardcover when I get back in the house for a bit of each day. Audio makes it possible for me to read more of the books I want to every day. If I did not understand a section the first time, it is a pleasure to be able to back up a chapter and hear it again.Marable has researched and interviewed and served up more of Malcolm X than I ever imagined. I became as tortured and trapped as he must have felt as the end of his life approached. I shared the joy of his broadening through his travels. The respect and honor of a head of state bestowed upon him -- I was proud and glad for him. I like the other lives Marable chronicles. Men with feet of clay were hard to see in that way, but truthful. The struggles in Cuba, in South America, in Africa, in China are well depicted alongside Malcolm's life. I could not put this book down until it was done. Highly recommend to anyone who grew up in these times and remember the shock of the several assasinations. It hurt as much as if it were your father, your brother, your son shot down in their youth. 39 years old.Please read this book. Listening is great reading.
The Invisible Line, The Warmth of Other Suns, the original Malcolm X Haley version, The Coldest Winter. The New Jim Crow. I like to read history or non-fiction that reads like a novel.
The narration is engaging, full of inflection that highlight the big transitions and transformations in Malcolm's life. Well done. Returning to the audio is like returning to a the storytelling of a dear friend.
The opening prologue was eye opening. I hadn't realized Malcolm X never had a chance to read the finished manuscript. I hadn't realized Haley had a point of view that may not have been shared by Malcolm. That there were chapters eliminated and others added to the manuscript was news.The brutal killing of Malcolm's father. The horror that was his mother's life. The sad marriage Betty and Malcolm had. Very moving portrayals.
I liked that each chapter presented the different stories of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton.
Ronald Cotton's sprituality and patience were very attractive. I cheered at each step of his journey to personal freedom.
I liked when Ronald Cotton met Jennifer's children.
While it may have been tense, the scene when Ronald and his new wife first met with Jennifer was a well reported chapter.
It was moving to see Ronald as he learned he was to be set free.
Reconciliation is much needed in today's world. Ronald and Jennifer showed us all the way and that it is possible.
I was fascinated by the evolving account of everything that transpired from kidnap into slavery to return to freedom, family and life. The reader takes the journey and endures the cruelty and despair. The day to day life of a slave is not one of sloth. It's one of industry and life preseverance. Louis Gosset, Jr's narration made it hard to put the book down.Highly, well-developed descriptive writing /oral history skill.
I will certainly listen and read this book again and will recommend it highly to others.
Solomon Northrop -- he was inventive, courageous, and acted with considerable integrity and grace. He delivered his promise to be candid and only relate what he personally witnessed and experienced.
Bass listening to Solomon's / Platt's story -- signalled the end of Solomon's suffering was near.
First-hand Account of a Free Black Man's Kidnap and Journey Back From Slavery
The stories of the other slaves were equally interesting and touching. The Afterword describing Sue Ekin's historian's fascination with what was an out-of-print jewel, was important to include. I have ordered the print book for my library.
One of the best I've listened to this year. Hochschild filled in gaps in my knowledge of Colonial Africa and particularly the history of the exploitation of the Congo and its people.
The several historians, Black and White, who once they knew of the ostrocities, took great risks to get the truth before the world.
The several depictions of the cruelty to the Congo people and how they were forced to work the rubber.
King Leopold's Ghosts works
Anyone who has an interest in understanding how the Congo was colonized, how the authentic history was withheld, and why the region remains exploited and troubled will find this a great read. It is a shame-filled story.
I've read the speeches, poetry, and stories many years ago and intermittently since college. When I saw this offering I wanted to hear the readings which were very well done. The content is as always my experience and history.
No, I've not had the opportunity prior, so this was a special treat.
It made me get still and reflect on how much has changed in America and yet how much is so much the same tragically.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with these great thinkers, writers, and speakers.
In Team of Rivals I learned what a "game changer" Uncle Tom's Cabin was for the America. The book altered public opinion in favor of abolishment of slavery. Helped Lincoln advance his agenda. So much of the writing is charming and funny, yet historically and geographically researched. I can see how few who romanicized slavery could leave this book with those views. Uncle Tom was a man of principles and faith and courage in the face of a brutal institution and economic system.
The fully developed characters and humor are noteworthy.
The narrator was great. Even Stowe's preachy sections were well delivered and narrated with the right emphasis.
When Tom's kind slave master died unexpectedly in a bar fight -- I felt the pain of Tom's freedom being lost in the balance. Reminded me to do today what I intend to get done. Tomorrow is not promised.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is an important part of American literature and American history. I'm glad I was able to listen to this book. It's been on my list for years and now I know the story first hand and the characters. Simon LeGree was evil. Tom was an Ameican hero.
Yes. Was amazed by the Robert Kennedy and LBJ relationship. Learned to respect both. What an important chapter in our history.
Taking the Johnson and Kennedy youth through the elections was powerful. To learn how the southern senators held Civil Rights hostage. That the senator from VA accomplished keeping the VA electorate to 17% of the eligible voting population. Comparisons to the 2012 voter suppression actions of the Republicans. Whole read was fascinating.
Fine job. Couldn't wait to hear the next chapter.
Yes, I enjoyed reading this history like a novel.
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