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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiobook

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Publisher's Summary

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the twentieth century's most influential men and lived one of its most extraordinary lives. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. drawn from a comprehensive collection of writings, recordings, and documentary materials, many of which have never before been made public.

This history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King in his own words as read by others and in his own words and voice: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family's needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.

In original recordings of his own vivid, compassionate voice, here at last is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unforgettable chronicle of his life and his legacy. Years in the making, and woven together from thousands of recordings and documents, including letters to his family and diary entries, this program is a unique compilation which includes many rare recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering sermons, speeches, lectures, and addresses. Highlights include "I Have a Dream," "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and "The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech."

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  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 1999

"More than a resource, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a keepsake." (AudioFile)

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    Gonzalo 02-27-16
    Gonzalo 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "La grandeza de un hombre"

    Qué hombre tan grande! Qué corazón! Qué conexión con un sentido mayor y trascendente! Qué pequeño me siento al lado de este ser humano! Gran trabajo del editor, gran recopilación, pero sobre todo gran hombre! Cuanto necesitamos en este mundo de hoy más hombres como Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Walter Martinez, Gabon 10-24-15
    Walter Martinez, Gabon 10-24-15 Listener Since 2002
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    "Audio skipping"

    There were a few moments where the audio would just go out for a few seconds then come back in, and rewinding would not fix it nor allow you to hear that content. I have a galaxy 6, and it may just be my copy.
    Levar Burton is awesome. The earliest sermons were understandably hard to make out.

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    Book Lover 10-05-15
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    "So Glad I Listened to this!"

    The reading by Lavar Burton was excellent and having the opportunity to actually hear Martin Luther King himself with the many recordings of his speechs and sermons was awesome. I was a child during these times and knew of course who Mr. King was and have heard over the years the famous speeches but i had missed so much about him including his spirtuality which comes through his teachings and philosophy as well as the extent of his faith and how it impacted him. What a great man. We lost him much too early.

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    Sameer P. 07-01-15
    Sameer P. 07-01-15
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    "Good listen, could have been better"

    The narration is inspiring, but the portions picked to complete the biography could have been better. though it touches about a lot of what King did, u feel incompleteness at end of the audio book. The book should have touched more on what King could finally achieve with all what he did.

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    Rene 04-28-15
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    "Great!!!"

    Martin Luther, a great example of leadership and servanthood. He will be remembered always in human history.

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    Jeff Anderle 04-22-15 Member Since 2012

    I love theology, the classics, biographies, and bussiness books. I sometimes even enjoy a little modern fiction,

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    "Everyone Should Listen to this Book"

    This is probably the best book I've listened to on Audible, and I've listened to a lot of books. What makes this book so outstanding to me is that it is interspersed with live speeches, sermons, and interviews, some of which are in there entirety. One aspect that is often neglected when hearing others talk about Dr. King.is his deep and abiding faith in Jesus. Well, you can't escape it when he speaks in his own words. This is a man who loved Jesus deeply and sought to live out Jesus vision of societal change through nonviolent prophetic action.

    Also, the man was flat out brilliant. When we make someone an icon it's easy to miss the depth of who they were as an individual. Hearing some of Dr. Kings sermons to his congregation helped me to realize what a towering intellect he was. As a pastor it inspires me to not dumb down my theology. It also shows that people appreciate and will act upon a clear and compelling vision.

    Another aspect of the book is it's continued relevance in a society that is still trying to find its way in terms of race. Oh, that Dr. King had not been assassinated where might we be today? I can't say enough good things about this book. It is a treasure. Just think if we could have heard Lincoln's actual voice expressing his many ideas. This is what we have in this book. Spend 9 hours with Dr. King it is well worth it.!!!

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    Anthony 03-23-15
    Anthony 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great experience!"

    To here Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s real world speeches during this audio book was priceless.

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    Kevin 07-16-14
    Kevin 07-16-14

    Trying to support 1) the comparably smaller non-fiction selection and 2) the few here that are not misinformation. Got mind? Use it.

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    "Great overview of MKL's ideas and times..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. to be better than the print version?

    MLK translates well in any format as each offers a different perspective. The first 2 audio speeches were not very clear, so it's recommended to do a quick search for the speeches online and read along with the audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an important piece of history, and many of the subjects covered are still very relevant. Non-violent progress is a fundamental human struggle.

    If there's every an autobiography worth reading, this would be one of them.


    Have you listened to any of Levar Burton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I actually really enjoyed the narration, clear and easy pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    MLK describing the darkest moments of his many protests, the social and personal dilemmas...

    "Even the most starless midnight may herald the dawn of some great fulfillment."


    Any additional comments?

    This autobiography is so large in scope that it serves as a great introductory overview of MLK and his times, with audio excerpts of his speeches.

    I was more interested in digging deeper into some of his beliefs and tactics, which needs to be found elsewhere, a 9-hour autobiography is limited. Despite being an autobiography, this was pieced together after MLK's death so it does do a good job covering his ideas and speeches.

    Now, how about an unabridged audio version of Malcolm X's autobiography?

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    Julie 04-11-14
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    "Recorded speeches were awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. the most enjoyable?

    I loved the recordings of his speeches!


    What about Levar Burton’s performance did you like?

    His style of narration is very easy to listen to and allowed me to grasp the content without struggling.


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    Brad Bethany, OK, United States 12-23-12
    Brad Bethany, OK, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me an understanding and appreciation that I didn't have before


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the audio clips they added of Martin Luther Kings real voice giving speeches


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I had to listen in parts


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