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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave | [Frederick Douglass]

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

Douglass spent his first 20 years in slavery, before escaping to the North. As a slave, he experienced both the kindness of his master's wife, who taught him to read, as well as the cruelty of sadistic overseers. This powerful story helped recruit many to the abolitionist cause.
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Douglass spent his first 20 years in slavery, before escaping to the North. As a slave, he experienced both the kindness of his master's wife, who taught him to read, as well as the cruelty of sadistic overseers. This powerful story helped recruit many to the abolitionist cause.

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    Philipp Marian Selman Fort Wayne, Indiana 09-12-08
    Philipp Marian Selman Fort Wayne, Indiana 09-12-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Perhaps it's better than nothing..."

    Perhaps it's better than nothing...

    But it is a shame that, as important as The Narrative of the LIfe of Fredrick Douglas is to the American literary and historical traditions, both versions available to Audible listeners are woefully deficient.

    The narrators of either version--Jonathan Reese (this one) and Charles Turner (the other)--possess all of the timing skill of child actors performing a cold readings of Shakespeare and possess the vocal inflective talents expected of people who are nearly stone deaf. Considering that Douglas was one of the greatest oratory talents in the history of the United States, these grossly deficient narrators' inept representations of his great rhetorical work is an insult to his memory.

    In addition to the undeniable technical insufficiencies that render listening nearly unbearable, neither version includes the essential "qualifying" documents written by William Lloyd Garrison or Wendell Phillips that are representative of slave narratives and inseparable reminders of the disenfranchisement of black people even in the free North.

    If you still feel you must purchase one version or the other, that which is narrated by Turner has a more informative introduction at the cost of a laughably wretched narrator; and the version with Reese is slightly less talentless, with only a brief introduction, but even the highest quality (4) format has consistent low-bitrate digital distortion throughout. Since I find the introduction of either version to be sub-academic (and thus not worth the bother), my recommendation would be the Reese narration.

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    James HARLINGEN, TEXAS, United States 01-02-12
    James HARLINGEN, TEXAS, United States 01-02-12

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to be better than the print version?

    No; I could never denigrate Douglass's original writing, although the audio is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

    Douglass writes persuasively of the horrors of slavery; one of the memorable examples is the beating of Frederick's Aunt Hester.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Reese – was your favorite?

    Douglass, as expressed in first person


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Douglass' book is analagous to Martin Luther King's speeches in influencing American equality of races.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was so effective that as I was using the audible.com version to help my Engish III students, someone in the hallway thought that I was simply showing movies to my students on those days, and I had to explain to my supervisor that we were using audible.com to help my students understand Douglass's writing. Thanks for a great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Livonia, MI, USA 12-20-07
    Kevin Livonia, MI, USA 12-20-07
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    "Great Book"

    Every American student should be required to read this book. It is an amazing story of the life of Frederick Douglas, a true hero of his time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Hendersonville, NC 11-22-08
    Pete Hendersonville, NC 11-22-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Excellent and Timely"

    I was very moved by this autobiography of an American Hero. This book is not a novel not a piece of clever or cruel fiction but a real life account of a time in American history that marks just how far we have come today. I have talked about this book and recommended it to everyone I know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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