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Manchild in the Promised Land Audiobook

Manchild in the Promised Land

One of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time, Manchild in the Promised Land is a seminal work of modern literature published during a literary era marked by the ascendance of black writers like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for African Americans raised in the northern ghettos of the 1940s and ’50s.
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One of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time, Manchild in the Promised Land is a seminal work of modern literature published during a literary era marked by the ascendance of black writers like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for African Americans raised in the northern ghettos of the 1940s and ’50s.

When the book was first published in 1965, it was praised for its realistic portrayal of Harlem - the children, young people, and hardworking parents; the hustlers, drug dealers, prostitutes, and numbers runners; the police; the violence, sex, and humor. The book continues to resonate generations later, not only because of its fierce and dignified anger, not only because the struggles of urban youth are as deeply felt today as they were in Brown’s time, but also because of its inspiring message.

Now with an introduction by Nathan McCall, here is the story about the one who “made it", the boy who kept landing on his feet and became a man.

©1965 Claude Brown; renewed 1993 by Claude Brown; introduction 2012 by Nathan McCall (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A tremendous achievement." (James Baldwin)

"Manchild in the Promised Land is Claude Brown’s unforgettable epic of growing up as a boy on the streets of Harlem. His Zola-esque gift for slices of life is made all the more striking by his brilliant insights into character and social pressures." (Tom Wolfe)

"The first thing I ever read which gave me an idea of what it would be like day by day if I’d grown up in Harlem." (Norman Mailer)

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    "Love this book"

    I read this for the first time back in highschool. I loved it then as well as now.

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    "Superb performance of an urban classic"

    I read this book many times since I was a teenager in the 1970s. It was one of my favorite and formative books.

    Hite's performance was stunning. This is not an easy book to convey. He succeeded in virtually every area.

    I highly recommend this audio version.

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    CRoberts Washington DC 08-31-15
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    "Eye Opener"

    Great story about overcoming obstacles in which you were born into!!! It's all about survival!!!

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    "Narrative insight into being human."

    Claude Brown was a human being with his eyes open to other people's humanity. Much could be fixed in this world if people could listen to the messages in this book.

    Cary Hite has the narration down to where I can feel like I'm there, and so I can just listen to this over and over - and so I did.

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    The story stretches across decades. very urban before we used the word. a real voice for men.

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    What would have made Manchild in the Promised Land better?

    Started out great, became repetitious and boring. I don't chose to complete the book and I'm only half way finished, I keep listening hoping it well get better but it hasn't.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Man in 3B


    How could the performance have been better?

    Stop repeating


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Manchild in the Promised Land?

    I didn't finish the book, so I don'tknow


    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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