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Editorial Reviews

This is a powerful historical document- a first-person account of the horrors and injustices of slavery. In this memoir, Frederick Douglass, a former slave, presents a treatise on abolition. The book was written in 1845 and it was a seminal text in exposing the reality of slavery, providing the abolitionist movement with a stronger voice. The text is made up of 11 chapters that recount Douglass's experiences as a slave and his dream to become a free man. Charles Turner's performance is not to be missed; his narration is warm and dynamic. He captures the listener's full attention, transporting him to one of the bleakest moments in American history.
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Frederick Douglass was born a slave, and it seemed likely that he would live and die a slave since he was uncertain of his date of birth or the identity of his father. But young Douglass promised himself a different future - he would teach himself to read and write, and one day he would be free from slavery. When he was sent to work as a field hand on a plantation in St. Michael's in 1832, his life was so dispiriting and exhausting that he nearly forgot his dreams of freedom. His journey out of bondage was mental, as well as physical, but he did escape from slavery to become one of the most passionate and persuasive speakers of the abolitionist movement and a strong proponent for women's rights. His autobiography, compelling in its honest and forceful eloquence, is performed by Charles Turner.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Willie on 10-16-04

Excellent Read...Highly Recommended!

This book was captivating from beginning to end, not only in content but in narration as well. I was moved not only by the power of the story, but equally so by the excellent writing skills of Frederick Douglass. This book ranks among the best of the many audiobooks I have heard.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 02-25-13

How do you rate something that transformed US?

This is one of those works of nonfiction where it is difficult (if not impossible) to rate. As a memoir or narrative autobiography it is good and solid, just not great. After reading it, I wished Douglas had gone into more detail and bulked it up a bit with more of his experiences.

However, if you consider the time, the author, the impact, etc., of NLoFD it is hard NOT to give the book every accolade. This book seems to be the 'Common Sense' of the Pre-Civil War abolitionist movement. It didn't just summarize sentiments of abolitionists and slaves, but seemed to actually create energy and expand the movement out Douglass' words (like Paine's 'Common Sense' did in the 1770s).

So grade that. How do you rate something that transformed US?

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15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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