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Listen "live" to one of the most iconic orators of all time in this packed-full collection of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches. King's rich and passionate style of delivery will transport you back to the era of the civil-rights movement, when King advocated non-violent resistance in the pursuit of equality and dignity, not only for blacks but for all mankind. Seldom has any leader since inspired and captivated an audience worldwide and motivated a nation to action.

Although tragically assassinated at a young age, the words and wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. live on through his acclaimed and mesmerizing speeches, such as "I Have a Dream". "The Mountaintop", "Letter from Birmingham Jail", "March on Washington", and many, many more, including:

  • Address Concluding the Selma to Montgomery - 03-25-1965
  • All Here and Now - 06-17-1966
  • American Dream - Lincoln University - 06-06-1961
  • t Southern Seminary in 1961 - Beyond Vietnam -A Time to Break Silence - 04-04-1967
  • Central Park - 04-05-1968
  • Compilation: Creative Protest Eulogy - Robert F. Kennedy - 04-04-1968
  • Guidelines for a Constructive Church - 06-05-1966
  • I Have a Dream - March for Jobs - Washington - 08-28-1963
  • I've Been to the Mountaintop - 04-03-1968
  • Knock at Midnight - 08-27-1967
  • Life and Spirit: Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated; Nobel Peace Prize - 12-10-1964
  • On Malcolm X; Peace On Earth - 12-24-1967
  • Prophetic Last Speech - 1968; Reaction to JFK Assassination; Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution; The American Dream - 07-04-1965
  • The Bennet College Speech 1958; The Better the Dilemma and the Challenge - Los Angeles - California - 06-17-1962
  • The Drum Major Instinct - 02-04-1968
  • The Great March to Freedom - Detroit - 06-23-1963
  • The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life - 02-28-1960
  • Unfulfilled Dreams - 03-03-1968
  • Unjust Evil and Futile; War Where Do We Go From Here - 08-16-1967
  • Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam - Speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
  • ...and many more

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  • David
  • San Jose, CA United States
  • 07-11-14

A Terrible Collection Overall -- Poorly Done

1. Speeches are repeated, probably more than once. Certainly there are repetitive refrains and phrases from one speech to another, but to replay the same speech?
2. The speeches are seeming in a random order, some from late in his life and work are early and others from much earlier appear much later.
3. Quality control is poor, I believe this was digitized from something like a CD as there are parts when it sounds like a CD skipping.
4. Nothing to introduce the speech, and to set the time, or give any context.

What's good:
1. For many of the speeches, the audio quality is quite good.
2. There are few speakers as engaging as MLK Jr.
3. The repetition is at least some of the more memorable speeches. I know them better.

Do feel like this was thrown together with little care for quality or understanding. Feels like profiting from the name of MLK, and not a real tribute to the man.

I'll try another collection.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Audio quality is abysmal

This doesn't seem to be a very well thought out collection of this great mans work or legacy. Audio could be greatly restored using even basic audio technology. Context and timeframe for given speeches is missing depriving the listener from valuable learning.
Yes there is important content here like the rally at Central Park following Kings assassination. Overall listeners would do better to keep searching.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Vanessa
  • randpark, South Africa
  • 07-04-11


Great speeches but the sound quality is not great. This makes it tiresome to listen to.

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  • Wendi
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 01-20-13

a blessing to hear King's words in King's voice

What a tremendous experience to get to hear the sonorous voice of Dr. King! Although it would be wonderful to have the audio sound as if it was a live presentation from 2012, it is ridiculous to rate the collection of speeches based solely on the sound quality (as one reviewer did). Yes, I had to backtrack 30 seconds from time to time because the sound quality made it difficult for me to hear a word, but that was an inconsequential inconvenience compared to the priviledge of hearing Dr. King's speeches.

It would have been great if each speech could have been labeled better, but that too is not of importance compared to the honor of being able to listen to and learn from one of the greatest minds of all time. Thank you, Audible, for making this book available!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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thumbs up

lots of repeated speeches and the sound quality is not always great but it is actually him speaking is very good

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Very inspirational!

If you could sum up Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.: The Ultimate Collection in three words, what would they be?

Educational and inspirational!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.: The Ultimate Collection?

Hearing some of the social issues Dr. King spoke of still exist today.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing the emotions of the speaker.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book was moving.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very bad audio.

I go to chapter 7 (of 33) and the noise started in the book. I could hardly hear the speech and it got worse. Audio quality should have been much better for such an important book. I stopped the book and returned it.

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Good work

This is a good book of some of his work. A few not as clear as the others but still a great buy.

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poor audio quality and view of Martin Luther King

I began this book with a admiration for Martin Luther King. Based on what I had learned in school. And the first, about 25 sections we're fairly good there's some things I didn't agree with but they were forgivable. the last two or three, he kind of went off the deep end he became very communist and starts spouting nonsense about economics and I cannot forgive these errors.

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