• The Souls of Black Folk (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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The Souls of Black Folk (AmazonClassics Edition)

By: W. E. B. Du Bois
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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EVERYONE Should Listen!

The prose is magnificent and this audiobook makes learning history easy, though the subject of slavery and the subjugation of an entire group of people based on skin color is definitely shameful.
A better narrator could not have been found!His voice is truly mellifluous, even with such a terrible subject. The author wrote the words, and the narrator’s voice painted the pictures superbly.
I will listen again and again for the sake of educating myself more. So glad Audible included this title in its offerings.

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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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Enjoyed it. Very captivating.

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

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Powerful story. Okay voice.

I went through the book twice. story of that era was a great eye opener. However, the voice doesn't grab my attention. You really must set quiet time aside, in order to pay attention. Otherwise, it was a good read. The last 3 chapters grabbed me. The stories of his son, the 2 Johns, & others were especially heartfelt.

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Phenomenal book.

For those seeking to understand the plight of African-Americans and adjustments to the Jim Crow era post slavery, this was one helluva eye-opening moment. For me, it was a rewarding and humbling experience this far.

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Amazing performance.

This book is an important piece of American history made better by an amazing performance. I would listen to Prentice Onayemi read the phone book.

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Essays the World Needs to Read

Just writing this, my breath quickens. The essays/stories in here, told perfectly, were from the late 1800's and early 1900's, yet resonate as if they were written last week. How black lives have not changed except within the retelling of stories by white people is stunning. What I love most about the book is its lack of 100 years of an editing of prejudice, its lack of introspective history behind it like we have now in race discussions. It's like when you look at oil paintings or statues and wonder, "Did they really look like that? Or is it an artist's rendering." This book is a snapshot, the reality without any manipulation of commentary or a century of hate and anger... or justification... overlaid to make the colors of paint any different. The stories are raw, not marinated by time or opinions. It is in this clarity, my reality about the races is forever changed. I will always be grateful for that change. This book should be mandatory reading in school, but in this sad day and age, we who KNOW, must require the reading in our own homes to our families, especially, tp the children.

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An excellent and important piece of history

A very important piece of history. Obviously very US-centric, but important globally. It struck me as very much of its time, with some paternalism and sexism that verged on being uncomfortable to listen to.

Fantastic narrator.

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  • Christian Okoye
  • 09-28-20

On the fence with this one.

Quite hard to follow and fell flat in several chapters. Struggled to stay glued to the book. I was hoping for this to play out similar to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Still informative in content and quite deep in certain points of the book.

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  • james Thurlby-Brooks
  • 09-19-20

Exceptionally moving

My ears are tingling and my soul aching. Tales and words that speak so loudly as to nearly deafen this reader.

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  • Torse
  • 12-11-18

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.