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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Audiobook

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant. I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell of his birthday. They seldom come nearer to it than planting-time, harvest-time, cherry-time, spring-time, or fall-time. A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood. The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege. I was not allowed to make any inquiries of my master concerning it. He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit. The nearest estimate I can give makes me now between twenty-seven and twenty-eight years of age. I come to this, from hearing my master say, some time during 1835, I was about seventeen years old.

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    "Whoever edited this did not do a good job."

    There are multiple spots where lines repeat because clips weren't put together properly. The book otself is an interesting look into American slavery.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A gut wrenching autobiography"

    This autobiography is a gut-wrenching exposure of the truth of slavery in the South. I believe it should be a part of every history curriculum for high school students in America.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    narrowback slacker 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Everyone should read it."

    My son recommended this one to me after reading it at school, and I was embarrassed I hadn't read it already. Beautifully written first-person account that stands the test of time, and sheds light onto the hidden history of our country.

    The reader, Steven Anderson, gave a beautiful performance--a clear voice that doesn't distract from Douglass' prose. I took one star of just because the production is a little glitchy, with skips and retakes that should have been corrected by the producer.

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    Rob APO, AA USA 02-15-17
    Rob APO, AA USA 02-15-17 Member Since 2014

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    "A must read for American history"

    No Hollywood movie can capture the true essence of slavery in America, and no lector can really tell of Douglass's courage. I think you have to read his own words to truly appreciate him, and the system that made him the slave and the man.

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    "Great Book!"

    Loved this book. Great content, great narration, just overall a great listen! I highly recommend this one.

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    "Great Story!"
    Would you listen to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass again? Why?

    I listened to this audio because of the great story of Frederick Douglass


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

    Frederick Douglass does a great job spreading awareness of his story!


    What does Steven Anderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration made me feel like I was in the moment. Like it was live!


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

    I would leave it the same as the title!


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration and story of an influential man!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Great book"

    I never knew much of frederick douglass other than he was a slave that manage to escape the chains of slavery. This audio book however has enlightened me to a state of appreciation beyond what I thought I could reach for people who have been through slavery. The life of Frederick douglass is definitely a eye opener in this respect and a great book I recommend to everyone all ages.

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