Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  • by Frederick Douglass
  • Narrated by Arthur Grey
  • 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by Frederick Douglass in 1845. It is a highly revered narrative in which Douglass describes the events of his life and is one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement in the United States.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is 11 chapters which recount Douglass's life as a slave and his journey to freedom. Take a listen to this influential and well respected narrative, superbly narrated by Arthur Grey!


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Powerful history with interesting insights

This is the story of Frederick Douglas, told by himself. The book opens with a few prefaces, but some contemporaries saying how the book came about, and then a little factual section detailing the known facts of Douglass. It then moves into Douglass's story of being a slave, being sold from own to own (some 'good' and some terrible), his journey to learning to read, teaching others to read, and eventually getting out of slavery. It's an impressive and engaging story.

The history of slavery in the US is fairly well known, The abuse of slaves hopefully is common knowledge. But in 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' Frederick Douglass actually brings up details I have not often heard in conversations of slavery. The discussion is so often on the physical abuse, the breaking up of families etc that some of the smaller realities of the day-to-day get lost. This book brought some of those things into focus.

The main two things that jumped out at me as less discussed items were the food portion control administered by many of the slave owners, and the introduction and control used through alcohol. Douglass tells of slave owners who ensure that slaves became alcoholics by basically forcing them to drink. The placed wagers on whose slave could drink more and then force them to drink. They held them back through making them think that there was no freedom if they were to stop being a slave by presenting the only other option as the life of a drunk waste.

Well worth the read, even if you the history of slavery fairly well.

Narration by Arthur Grey was good. Clear and well paced, easy to understand. The style of the book doesn't lend itself to accents, voices, emoting or characters. Grey provided a good, straight read of the book.
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- Kingsley

Powerful history. Great narration.

Would you consider the audio edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but the audio edition is great!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

Douglass as a child.

Which character – as performed by Arthur Grey – was your favorite?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I listen to it while I drive.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2017
  • Publisher: New Revolution Audio