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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiobook

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Publisher's Summary

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the twentieth century's most influential men and lived one of its most extraordinary lives. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. drawn from a comprehensive collection of writings, recordings, and documentary materials, many of which have never before been made public.

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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What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 1999

"More than a resource, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a keepsake." (AudioFile)

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    Garrett Tuggle 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "MLK read by LeVar Burton"

    This great listen is read by LeVar Burton (Star Trek, Reading Rainbow) and features plenty of recordings of MLK's speeches and sermons up to his death. The content mostly focuses on his contribution to the Civil Rights Movement but there is a bit on his early life.

    As an objective listener with little less than a public school understanding of MLK and minor Christian backgrounds, I found this book interesting and inspiring without ever feeling like I was being preached to. I plan on reading more about this great man and the movement he helped inspire.

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    Amazon Customer 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent audio book"

    I loved this audio book. Lavar Burton reading with live audio from Dr King's speeches and some old negro spirituals make this a classic audio book. Well worth the listen.

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    CHarris 09-20-17
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    "Perfect Audiobook experience"
    Would you listen to The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. again? Why?

    Yes. I love how this audio recording utilizes Dr. King's speeches and own words to provide insight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the recording uses recordings of Dr. King to tell the story.


    Have you listened to any of Levar Burton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to a Levar Burton performance before but I enjoyed this one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me think about Dr. King for the first time by attempting to put myself in his shoes through the things he experienced.


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    Lessons and Books Stockholm, Sweden 07-03-17
    Lessons and Books Stockholm, Sweden 07-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiering"

    Was inspired, learned something new, and changed my perspective on a lot of things. Can not recommend it enough.

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    "Simply Great"
    Where does The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as the audio portion, nothing beats it. Narrated by Levar Burton with actual clips from MLK Jr himself. This is the gold standard of audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What's not to like? This book is not about race or history, it's about a lesson in humanity from one of the finest people to ever exist.


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

    It's Levar Freaking Burton.


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

    Yes, if I had the time I would have


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    baceman007 Northwest, WA USA 03-29-17
    baceman007 Northwest, WA USA 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Freedom Loving People Everywhere Should Read This Book"

    This book is inspirational, especially at this time in American history. We after reminded that Bernie's/Our revolution began with MLK, and for MLK with Gandhi. As a Star Trek fan, listening to Levar Burton read this was a special treat. Also, listening to the revolutionary words of MLK, instead of just reading them, brought them to life.

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    Amazon User 02-23-17
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    "Outstanding autobiography"

    The book gave a great insight to the civil rights movement and showed not only the victories, but the difficult times as well.

    The speeches included were also very inspirational, and complemented Dr. Kings message of nonviolence in a time of intense hatred.

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    Charles Andre, Jr. 02-21-17
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    "Recommended Read For All"

    Until reading this book I never knew how of an intellectual Martin Luther King, Jr. was. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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    Amazon Customer Mount Vernon, OH USA 02-17-17
    Amazon Customer Mount Vernon, OH USA 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "what a story of a life"

    This book was an extraordinary overview of MLK. I know some chronological leaps are made and other parts of his life are not touched upon, but I'm grateful to hear some of the speeches and sermons from the man himself. It was cool to hear the development of his thinking, and we'll as the depth of his method.

    For me the best parts were the honest reflection on Albany, the chapter on Malcolm X, and the small asides on those that walked along him. Interesting to note the overt references to Jesus as time went on. Burton's performance was outstanding.

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    Ze'ev Yanay 02-06-17
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    "Best choice ever"

    one of the best audiobooks I have ever read.
    A brilliant editing work. mixing in recording of speeches.

    A book that makes you want to be there by the side of the good doctor.

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    "Inspirational"

    This is truly an insightful window of history in the making. It gives and explains the reasons and principles which were the driving spirits of the heart and mind within one of the greatest men who has ever lived. Although 1% of the recordings are not clear, the speeches are beautifully blended with the narration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s trials and tribulations.

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    "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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