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Manchild in the Promised Land Audiobook

Manchild in the Promised Land

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time, Manchild in the Promised Land is a seminal work of modern literature published during a literary era marked by the ascendance of black writers like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for African Americans raised in the northern ghettos of the 1940s and ’50s.

When the book was first published in 1965, it was praised for its realistic portrayal of Harlem - the children, young people, and hardworking parents; the hustlers, drug dealers, prostitutes, and numbers runners; the police; the violence, sex, and humor. The book continues to resonate generations later, not only because of its fierce and dignified anger, not only because the struggles of urban youth are as deeply felt today as they were in Brown’s time, but also because of its inspiring message.

Now with an introduction by Nathan McCall, here is the story about the one who “made it", the boy who kept landing on his feet and became a man.

©1965 Claude Brown; renewed 1993 by Claude Brown; introduction 2012 by Nathan McCall (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A tremendous achievement." (James Baldwin)

"Manchild in the Promised Land is Claude Brown’s unforgettable epic of growing up as a boy on the streets of Harlem. His Zola-esque gift for slices of life is made all the more striking by his brilliant insights into character and social pressures." (Tom Wolfe)

"The first thing I ever read which gave me an idea of what it would be like day by day if I’d grown up in Harlem." (Norman Mailer)

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 12-23-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 12-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Growing up bad really?"
    What did you love best about Manchild in the Promised Land?

    The development of the main character and his concern for his brother pimp


    What other book might you compare Manchild in the Promised Land to and why?

    Go Tell it on the Mountain because of the importance of family


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    his ability to trigger emotions in the listener


    If you could take any character from Manchild in the Promised Land out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    the mother to understand why she did and said certain things


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    "Superb performance of an urban classic"

    I read this book many times since I was a teenager in the 1970s. It was one of my favorite and formative books.

    Hite's performance was stunning. This is not an easy book to convey. He succeeded in virtually every area.

    I highly recommend this audio version.

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    CRoberts Washington DC 08-31-15
    CRoberts Washington DC 08-31-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Eye Opener"

    Great story about overcoming obstacles in which you were born into!!! It's all about survival!!!

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    yisroel ackerman 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrative insight into being human."

    Claude Brown was a human being with his eyes open to other people's humanity. Much could be fixed in this world if people could listen to the messages in this book.

    Cary Hite has the narration down to where I can feel like I'm there, and so I can just listen to this over and over - and so I did.

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    Aimee Draughn 08-08-17
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    "Phenomenal Book, phenomenally read"

    This was a very written and compelling account of the author's early life experiences. There are countless messages for parents and youth that still apply today. The graphic language pushes it past my comfort level to recommend to a teenager, but it is a message a teenager could use to make growing up a little less daunting.

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    Artie 07-18-17
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    "Loved the book"

    loved it, some people didn't survive in Harlem like he did. Glad it was Claude.

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    lela 04-14-17
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    "hey"

    Loved the narrator sound it gives me visuals as I listen. I enjoyed this e- book

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    Melody Chicago, IL, United States 04-10-17
    Melody Chicago, IL, United States 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Life sometimes isn't easy, but you gotta try to keep trying!"

    Very good book, I remember reading it from my childhood. Cary Hite has the perfect voice, he provided imagery and depth to the different characters, growing up in their Harlem hood! With obstacles, and situations that each character faced. Thank you for bringing one of my favorite books to life!

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    Cherie M. 12-07-16
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    "Remarkable"

    This is a beautifully written story. The narrator did a remarkable job of portraying the voice and tone of the story. Absolutely incredible.

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    Tonya Columbia, SC, United States 11-08-16
    Tonya Columbia, SC, United States 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Genius"

    The book is awesome. The writer is masterful in his storytelling and delivery. Excellent work!

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