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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Written by: Frederick Douglass
Narrated by: Walter Covell
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, women's suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. He was called both "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia" and is one of the most prominent figures in African-American history and United States history.  

He was born into slavery but secretly taught himself to read and write - a crime punishable by death. Because of this, we now possess what may be the most eloquent indictment of slavery ever written.

This book takes us into the fields, cabins, and manors of the pre-Civil War South and shows in vivid detail the heartlessness of slaveholders. Douglass finally managed to excape and became a famous orator, minister, and leader of his people.

Public Domain (P)1987 Jimcin Recordings

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  • Mama C
  • 05-03-11

Great Book!

This is the heart-breaking first-hand account by an American slave. Douglass was a wonderful orator and his writing sounds like a well-written speech. I look forward to reading his other autobiographies.

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  • Susan
  • 12-12-11

A Must Buy!

Where does Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I bought this because it was assigned reading for my history class, however it has led me to the rest of the works of Frederick Douglass. Probably falls under the heading of the best book I've gotten from Audible yet.

What did you like best about this story?

It was an historical account of slavery.

What about Walter Covell’s performance did you like?

Very emotive and compelling.

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

There were parts that made me cry because I know that they really did happen.

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  • micnicjac2
  • 26-09-12

Good Narrative!

Would you listen to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass again? Why?

I enjoyed listening to Walter Covell narrate Frederick Douglass' life story. I was interesting and fact laden.

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  • Elisa
  • 04-05-14

Heartbreaking But Brilliantly Written

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Douglass is a brillant writer, and I'm glad he was able to persist long enough to be able to write his memoir. Several things make this one of the best autobiographies I'd read:

He is truthful and when he don't know something, he says so directly. Although he obviously survived and overcome many adversities, he doesn't make it appear as a boast and it is this that makes his purpose, to call the audience to feel the need to take action no matter how slight. His honesty of his own actions is one of his greatest asset.

I really enjoyed this, and although what he had witnessed and gone through is heartbreaking, I also admire his courage of writing about the truth about slavery.

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  • Arden
  • 10-09-19

Technical Issues



Good narration in spite of the poor sound quality.. The voice consistently going loud then soft in waves becomes quite annoying. Nevertheless, for the low price,, I'll put up with it.

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  • David
  • 22-02-17

I could not make it past the introductory material

I think the narrator was wholly unsuited to this book, and I was absolutely unable to continue. I have since purchased the book with a different narrator. I realize this is a subjective thing, but this reminded me of a "b" grade version of the narrator from the old Fractured Fairy Tales on the Bullwinkle and Rocky show...

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  • Mariah
  • 06-04-16

Exceptional

The narrative was well written and read. The unbelievable and haunting, but the the narrator read with ease.

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  • T Dennison
  • 10-03-16

Love!

Such a great book, and such a great storyline. The narrator did a wonderful job. I would definitely recommend this. And, if you like this, I would also recommend Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington.

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  • Ira C Robinson II, MD
  • 27-01-16

Narrarator

Usually the narrator's voice is quite dull and monotonous, but his was quite different (thumbs up)

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  • SanFranciscoRancher
  • 01-03-20

Audio fades in and out

This true story is incredible and the performance was on point. However, the audio fades in and out, sometimes from one word to the next, or even mid-word. I listened to the entirety via airbuds, and while I found the volume fluctuation irritating, it was not bothersome enough to disuade me from finishing the work and applauding the content.