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Publisher's Summary

A straightforward yet inspiring story of what it took to be the first man of color to break into the white world of professional sports. Jackie Robinson's story is more than a telling of his tremendous talent; it is also a recollection that showcases his tenacious spirit, bravery, and the courage of his ideals.

From the early influences of family and friends, to his time at UCLA, to the Army, where he challenged racism and Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson traces his life to playing in the black leagues, frustrated by the abuses and restrictions of second-class status in professional baseball.

As Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, began to look around for a player to break the color barrier in 1946, he knew he needed a man of character who could withstand the pressures of his "Noble Experiment". Choosing Robinson gave both of them the chance to prove what they believed in.

Struggles that continued in his personal life and in response to the turbulent sixties are interpreted with insight by Robinson and will give listeners an added appreciation for the amazing strength of his character.

(P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A disturbing and enlightening self-portrait by one of America's genuine heroes." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Understanding Jackie Robinson's Best Performance

If you could sum up I Never Had It Made in three words, what would they be?

Honesty; Strength; Faitful to change!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Rickey is true to his belief in -- "that all men are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that "among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

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

Ossie David's rich vocal expressions bring the reading to life.

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excellent book

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I encourage everyone to read it at least once.

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Honest Primary Source

Compltely engrossed. I felt like I was listening to Mr. Robinson in his living room .

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loved it

Ossie Davis is Ossie Davis so you know the performance was superb and Jackie Robinson Story is 1 for the ages

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Excellent

Wow what a story. Amazing man and ball player. Bless him and his family. Love that Ozzie narrated.

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  • JMKIII58
  • Clarksville, TN, United States
  • 03-14-17

Excellent book 5 *****

A must read for those who need to know the story of Jackie Robinson. His victories and losses. His acceptance as the one who had to make it so others born and not born would have a chance. All Americans owe Jackie Robinson a debt that can't be repaid.

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Great American Tale

This book is a great look into what black people deal with even when they are considered to be one of the ones who made it.

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Jackie Robinson was far greater than I imagined.

I loved the book. I could not put it down. I knew he was a great baseball player, but I didn't know his story or of his activities as a civil rights activist. My esteem of the man Jackie Robinson soars. I have great gratitude for what he has done to make my live and society better.

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  • David
  • San Jose, CA United States
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So sorry that the audiobook is abridged.

I have a distrust of autobiography. I think the honesty about one's self is so daunting. However, autobiography gets us some view of how the man wanted the world to see him. Another biography suggested a more intemperate young man, he certainly became a man of strength and character. The audiobook is read by Ozzie Davis which is a treat in itself. I admire Jackie so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed the book. One thought that came to me is the strength of his wife, Rachel. The threats to her and her husband were so real. I don't think I can ever fully imagine the challenges she faced. This was a very easy read.

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great book

well written It is a shame we lost such a great person. He deserved a better end to a wonderful life.