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The American Slave Coast Audiobook

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

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The American Slave Coast tells the horrific story of how the slavery business in the United States made the reproductive labor of "breeding women" essential to the expansion of the nation. The book shows how slaves' children, and their children's children, were human savings accounts that were the basis of money and credit. This was so deeply embedded in the economy of the slave states that it could be decommissioned only by emancipation, achieved through the bloodiest war in the history of the United States.

The American Slave Coast is an alternative history of the United States that presents the slavery business, as well as familiar historical figures and events, in a revealing new light.

©2016 Ned Sublette and Constance Sublette (P)2016 Tantor

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    Aryaman Shalizi 11-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Get "The Half Has Never Been Told" instead!"



    Ned & Constance Sublette have put together a thoroughly researched and well-told account of the slavery economy. The primary focus is on the slave trade from the Atlantic Coast (Maryland/Virginia vs. South Carolina/Georgia) to the cotton lands opened up by the Louisiana Purchase and subsequent wars. It covers much of the same territory as Edward Baptist's "The Half Has Never Been Told," relying on many overlapping primary sources, and comes to similar conclusions as well. However, I found Baptist's prose is livelier and more engaging than the Sublette's, though the latter provide more complete social and historical context.

    While this book is worth reading, I would advise you avoid the audio version. The narrator does an atrocious job; the reviewer who compared the narration to Siri is pretty much on the mark. Odd pauses within sentences, sometimes even within words; mispronunciations; and a complete lack of emotion do an utter disservice to this important material. By contrast, the narration of "The Half Has Never Been Told" is excellent.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes 10-13-16
    Mercedes 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly Eye Opening"

    While the narration is poor, the contents of this book clearly delineate a timeline for each country, territory, and state's involvement in the barbarism of the trade. Additionally, it demonstrates an alternative view to the founding fathers of this country. Eyes open wide!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana D. Raleigh, NC USA 11-18-17
    Dana D. Raleigh, NC USA 11-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Important & Thoroughly Researched, Terrible Reader"

    I have both the paperback and the audible version of this insightful and enlightening story of how slavery is integral to the history of the United States. It's a detailed and engaging work that is well written, and extensively documented. But by all means get the book. As other reviewers have noted this reader has a flat and mechanical presentation. That's not so bad for a history book, in my opinion. However, the mangled and idiosyncratic pronunciation of some words is very distracting. Where is the audio editor for this audible edition? I note that some words that are mispronounced early are correctly pronounced later. So I think there is an editor involved in some places - perhaps one who dozes off from time to time because of the monotone performance. These problems are noted in other books that Robin Eller reads. It's a shame. A work this important deserves a first class narration. The sample reading on the web site does not include any of the bizarre pronunciations.

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    Holly Dolezalik 11-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Narrator"

    I was really looking forward to reading this book but the narrator completely killed me, I only made it an hour or so into the book. There is a ton of incredibly interesting historical information within the book, but I kept drifting off and not paying attention due to the narrator's lack of emotion and complete monotone.

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    Robert Donahue Wayne, Nebraska 10-21-17
    Robert Donahue Wayne, Nebraska 10-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "very educational, very dry"

    I eventually had the set my timer to stop after a chapter. While I thought the information was very good, it was difficult to keep focused on it because of the dry language used. that said, you should read this. it's not just a laundry list of horrible things the South has done. It really goes into the economics of slavery in America. The similarities between the language used by slavers and the language used by the cattle trade today is disturbing.

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    Ingrid Li New York 09-13-17
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    Where does The American Slave Coast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Only listened to 2 so far, but did not like this one because of the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    its a history book


    How could the performance have been better?

    Definitely. the narrator's voice is pleasant, but sounds like SIri's cousin on occasions, and she pronounces many words incorrectly, sometime to the point of unintelligibility. There are pauses in the wrong place in sentences that confuse the syntax. She does no service to this incredible book!


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

    NO, too long, plus: that voice would put me to sleep...


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story itself quite unsettling, The uncovering of so many aspects of America's past is eye opening, and the sordid facts are told with great respect and sensibility. I would recommend the printed version over this unfortunate audio book.

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    kel 11-24-16
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    "Wonderful. Well researched. Makes history live"

    I enjoyed the accuracy. We have been lied too about the slavery in the US

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carter 09-08-16
    Carter 09-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An important book"

    The information in this book provides the "why" behind so many of America's historical events. Absolutely well written.

    The narrator, however, displays so little emotion, that a friend asked if it was being read by Siri. This and the narrator's constant mispronunciation of words took away from the writing itself.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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