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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. | [(edited by Clayborne Carson)]

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring King's I Have a Dream Speech.
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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."

© and (P)1998 Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., All Rights Reserved; ©1998 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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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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    Thomas San Felipe del Agua, Mexico 08-13-12
    Thomas San Felipe del Agua, Mexico 08-13-12
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    If you could sum up The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. in three words, what would they be?

    Very powerful story of taking the energy of peace and love into the problems of his day and bringing about necessary change. These methods are what is needed to continue to resolve the current problems of our current time and remembered to be practiced in our daily lives.I highly recommend this book. Wonderfully written! The reading by Levar Burton is most clear and enjoyable. The audio version also includes many original recordings by Dr. King.


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    Filipe Brasilia, Brazil 06-06-12
    Filipe Brasilia, Brazil 06-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspirational."
    If you could sum up The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, daring, motivational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

    The speeches are fantastic.


    What about Levar Burton’s performance did you like?

    Pronunciation great for foreigners to understand.


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

    I do not like to listen to books all in one sitting, so I cannot comment on this, but I'd certainly recommend it as one of the best audible books I've read so far.


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    Jan Naestved, Denmark 08-02-10
    Jan Naestved, Denmark 08-02-10
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    "Too many old recordings"

    The idea behind this book is ok. A biography in the words of MLK. The book seems honest and well researched but it feels like the author ran out of inspitation and therefore the book is filled up with soundclips of old recordings from public speeches and sermons. Some of these is moderately interesting but as the book progresses the pieces become longer and longer. Some are longer than 30 minutes and together they amount to half of this audiobook. Unless you are a big fan of the words of MLK go find an alternative.

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