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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"More than a resource, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a keepsake." (AudioFile)
The most powerful aspects of this "autobiography" are the excerpts from Dr. King's speeches. It is stunning to hear him speak to the very first meeting of the Montgomery bus boycott supporters (after first hearing how little time he had to prepare) and to also hear the voices of the crowd chiming in their approval. The text that stiches the speech excerpts together is considerably weaker, because that text was not written by Dr. King and lacks his eloquence. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into a great leader and an extraordinary time in American history.
I rarely post reivews but this book was beautifully done. Pulled together from the writings of MLK and featuring many of his recorded speeches this is a wonderful work of scholarship and, with Kings renowed oratory style, especially well suited for listening (though recording quality of King's early speeches is uneven, it gets much better as we move through the chronology of King's life). Sadly for society, his insights and eloquent comments on social inquality and American forgein policy remain right on point. Overall though, this work stands as a testament to the capaity of individuals to change the world.
This book which is primarily writings of King interspersed with some autio of his speeches is illuminating and heart breaking at the same time. The passages tell the story of King's struggle to achieve justice for the poorest Americans -- black and white -- through non-violent confrontation with corrupt systems in the North and in the South. His words are so apt for today's turbulent times, it is astounding. I feel honored to have spent some time with this man-- and know I will return for a listen to uplift my spirit and for insight, again and again. Beautifully read.
I enjoyed this audio book that was created from Dr. King's writings and speeches. The narration by Levar Burton is excellent and made even more compelling by the inclusion of some of Dr. King's actual speeches. We hear about the experiences, the moral and philosophical influences, and the circumstances that propelled Dr. King to the forefront of the civil rights movement. We learn why he maintained his commitment to non-violent and racially inclusive demonstrations while other leaders began to advocate separatism and the use of violence, if necessary. His assessment of Malcolm X and his concerns about the decision of other black leaders to make the slogan "Black Power" a prominent part of the movement are highlights.
I was surprised to learn that in the 1960's, Dr. King characterized the U.S. as a society fueled by consumption and that he believed that the inflammatory rhetoric of the vocal opponents of equal rights was intended to create an atmosphere that would provoke an act of violence. Both of these observations appear to have relevance today.
This is not as comprehensive as a biography; there is little about Dr. King's family life after his early years. However, it provides the details about the various strategies developed and implemented (not always successfully) in the different cities where Dr. King led demonstrations and negotiations, as well as the thoughtful considerations behind Dr. King's controversial opposition to the Vietnam War.
This was an EXCELLENT book/recording. The way the reading is interspersed with Dr. King's speeches is excellent. The choice of the narrator was spot on. Some of the sound quality of the speeches is low but that is simply unavoidable due to the age and circumstances they were recorded in.
I was very impressed at how Dr. King's faith touched every area of his short life.
Just for everyone's information, I am not African American. But I think that every white person should listen to this to and learn the reality of discrimination that is not entirely removed from society today. (Not only against African Americans but many others too.)
I think every African American should listen to this to get a true picture of who Dr. King was in his own words and hear his depth of faith.
Anyone of would benefit from listening to this recording.
I love theology, the classics, biographies, and bussiness books. I sometimes even enjoy a little modern fiction,
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.!!!
Trying to support 1) the comparably smaller non-fiction selection and 2) the few here that are not misinformation. Got mind? Use it.
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.
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.
I actually really enjoyed the narration, clear and easy pace.
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."
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?
I loved the recordings of his speeches!
His style of narration is very easy to listen to and allowed me to grasp the content without struggling.
Really powerful insight into an incredible man and a social mirror that makes you question your own life and position.
If you want to feel humble and insincere then listen to this. I feel richer for doing so and can't recommend it highly enough. The occasional voices from the man himself made the hair on my arms stand up.
Where do you find more like this?
"Inspirational Man and story"
Got to the end, and restarted it straight away. Loved the emotion, life lessons and example by a man and movement that faced unthinkable challenges.
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