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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass | [Frederick Douglass]

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, women's suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. He was called both "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia" and is one of the most prominent figures in African-American history and United States history.
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Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, women's suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. He was called both "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia" and is one of the most prominent figures in African-American history and United States history.

He was born into slavery but secretly taughthimself to read and write - a crime punishable by death. Because of this, we now possess what may be the most eloquent indictment of slavery ever written.

This book takes us into the fields, cabins, and manors of the pre-Civil War South and shows in vivid detail the heartlessness of slaveholders. Douglass finally managed to excape and became a famous orator, minister, and leader of his people.

(P)1987 Jimcin Recordings

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    Mama C San Juan Capistrano, California United States 03-05-11
    Mama C San Juan Capistrano, California United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book!"

    This is the heart-breaking first-hand account by an American slave. Douglass was a wonderful orator and his writing sounds like a well-written speech. I look forward to reading his other autobiographies.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    micnicjac2 Indiana 09-26-12
    micnicjac2 Indiana 09-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Narrative!"
    Would you listen to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to Walter Covell narrate Frederick Douglass' life story. I was interesting and fact laden.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 12-12-11
    Susan United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Must Buy!"
    Where does Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I bought this because it was assigned reading for my history class, however it has led me to the rest of the works of Frederick Douglass. Probably falls under the heading of the best book I've gotten from Audible yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an historical account of slavery.


    What about Walter Covell’s performance did you like?

    Very emotive and compelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were parts that made me cry because I know that they really did happen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-04-14
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-04-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Heartbreaking But Brilliantly Written"
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    Douglass is a brillant writer, and I'm glad he was able to persist long enough to be able to write his memoir. Several things make this one of the best autobiographies I'd read:

    He is truthful and when he don't know something, he says so directly. Although he obviously survived and overcome many adversities, he doesn't make it appear as a boast and it is this that makes his purpose, to call the audience to feel the need to take action no matter how slight. His honesty of his own actions is one of his greatest asset.

    I really enjoyed this, and although what he had witnessed and gone through is heartbreaking, I also admire his courage of writing about the truth about slavery.

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    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 11-09-11
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    "Preferred INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL"

    Very Very long introduction. This was an informative book, however, so much of the story had to be "left out" because of the serious repercussions to certain people helping the slaves at that time. Consequently, I never got emotionally involved with this man as a person. For example, his wife just "shows up" and he gets married to her. I was thinking "his wife??? when had he ever mentioned a woman that he loved? Now he's getting married?
    (I would recommend the book "incidents in the life of a slave girl" which really had me by the heart.)
    This book is a litany of horrific torture of slaves, but/and little else to the story. There was such a sense of hope in the other book, and it drove me to fully research the woman Harriet Jacobs.
    In this book, I just felt depressed and felt, yes, an important book especially at the time of this writing, but I could have done without listening to it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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