The Souls of Black Folk (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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First published in 1903, this groundbreaking work is a cornerstone of African American literary history and a foundational text in the field of sociology. In these fourteen essays, W. E. B. Du Bois introduces and explores the concept of “double-consciousness” - a term he uses to describe the experience of living as an African American and having a “sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others.”

Though an examination of Black life in post-Civil War America, The Souls of Black Folk has had a lasting impact on civil rights and the discussion of race in the United States.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Souls of Black Folk, this edition of The Souls of Black Folk (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Informative and Personal Collection of Essays

Well written, soulfully performed. I can almost imagine the author himself read it to me.

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Perfection. Genius. Stunning

This book deserves a place in the canon of the greatest writings in American history and by that measure world history.

A staggering combination of poetic prose, historical facts, cultural insights and emotional humanity.

I cannot and will never be able to recommend a book more highly than this one. I will listen to it many many more times.

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Beautifully written and narrated

I have long wanted to read this book, buy never found the time. I was absolutely delighted to find this gorgeous narration through Audible. Listening to this book, albeit in short 20 min stints, became the highlight of my day. Highly recommend.

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A book for every American

Although written in the early 1900s this book timely
This book belongs in every classroom in America!

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Enjoyed it. Very captivating.

The entire presentation was great. The story is very well told and with much passion.

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Outstanding! Great narration

loved it. Dr. Du Bois argument hold true and very revelent today. This is a must read for all!

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powerful and beautiful

One of the most moving, insightful books I have ever read. The chapters range from extensive sociological analysis to biography to short story. all beautifully written.

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Great book of African-American classics.

A great audio book. Well read and flowed with ease. I highly recommend it. Mr. Dubois wrote this ahead of his time.

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Beautifully written

I love this book. It's beautifully written and very easy to get lost in. Usually, I'm not one for poetry but the poems in here are wonderful. The narrator did an amazing job.

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Incredible

Exquisitely thought out, exquisitely written book. I wish I'd read this a long time before. Got the print chippy as well to pick up the poems I've missed bits of from hearing.

Excellent performance also. I've listened to this on commutes, and have missed some work for not wanting to turn it off. Very well done.

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Interesting view

Interesting in many parts, but I struggle to follow all of it and really glad it was on audible otherwise, I may not have found the urge to finish it. There is probably an assumption that all readers will be American and have known the history of the struggle. However I learnt quite a lot about the conditions and constraints of the people. I will try to listen again as it was probably about my inexperience that made it hard to follow. I enjoyed and liked the richness of Prentice's voice.