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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Audiobook

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

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This classic of American literature, a dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave, was first published in 1845, when its author had just achieved his freedom. It is a story that shocked the world with its first-hand account of the horrors of slavery. The book was an incredible success. It sold over 30,000 copies and was an international best seller. His eloquence gives a clear indication of the powerful principles that led Douglas to become the first great African-American leader in the United States.

Public Domain (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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    JC 11-28-16
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    "Made Me Cry & Laugh!"

    I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have been able to listen to this biography! The will of the human spirit is palpable long after Mr. Douglass' death and I'm proud to know the type of stock I come from; blacks are not just victims to the harsh institution of slavery/ America but also how through personal responsibility one can find mental and physical freedom in the face of incredible odds. At times I laughed and at times I mourned for my ancestors in reading this book but I thoroughly delighted in all of it! I highly recommend this narrator because I enjoyed hearing the voice of a black man read the biography...it connected it more for me and made the book come alive!

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    Gigi P. 05-23-16
    Gigi P. 05-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Appropriate Audio"

    Loved that the accent was never exaggerated and if I am not mistaken, this is one of ONLY TWO recordings of this great novel that are made in a Black man's voice. Great job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 07-09-17
    Joshua 07-09-17
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    "LISTEN! Read his history in his own powerful words!"

    While I have known the name of Frederick Douglass from my youth, I had never previously read his autobiographical account. It is so much more powerful to read his story in his own words than to hear historical facts, usually told merely as the background to the Civil War, rather than as the powerful story of the most prominent example of a people longing to be free. His eloquence and education upended the justifications not just of slave holders, but those who rationalized their own prejudices. Read it!! Have your kids read it!

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    "A fantastic story every American should read!"

    Douglas paints an incredible portrait of his life as a slave and his struggle for freedom. It highlights the dark history of the United States with incredible detail.

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    Jeff Still 03-20-17
    Jeff Still 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A masterpiece!
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    An amazing look at US history. Fredrick Douglas became a distinguished writer against all odds.

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    J.G. 02-18-17
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    "Chilling. Necessary."

    This should be required reading for everyone. Douglass is a powerful orator and the narrator does a fantastic job.

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    KYB 02-07-17
    KYB 02-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The history that mustn't be ignored"

    Several times during this story I cried, my breath stopped and I had to repeat to make sure I heard it correctly. A piece of American history that everyone claiming to be educated folks need to reflect on. How much have we evolved as human species since way back when this took place? It is a very topical story as we still face times of deep injustice to too many fellow human beings. Listen to it! Read it!

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    Angela 11-24-16
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    "Amazing performance"

    Read with great candor and such a moving piece on it's own. A must read.

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    Mr. T USA 10-30-17
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    "Excellent -- An American Classic"

    This narrative teaches about slavery, perseverance, individual freedom, and the value of education. It is well written and well read. Whether audio book or hard copy, everyone in the USA should experience this concise classic. ------ AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    JenMisk 10-16-17
    JenMisk 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing reading!"

    Raymond Hearn does an amazing job of this reading. It really made you feel like Douglass himself was telling you this story. it is an inspiring book to start out with, but he makes it so much more so.

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