Heart and Soul

  • by Kadir Nelson
  • Narrated by Debbie Allen
  • 1 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country.
Kadir Nelson, one of this generation's most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an "Everywoman," an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice - the true heart and soul of our nation.

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inspiring historical narrative

What did you love best about Heart and Soul?

Kadir Nelson is best known for his beautiful, stunning paintings, but this narrative is wonderful. This history of America is told from the point of view of an African American grandmother telling the story of her country and her people. Debbie Allen brings this to life, just as Kadir's paintings do. The words, the tone, the spirit soar. Wonderful for family listening - absolutely inspiring and heartfelt.


What other book might you compare Heart and Soul to and why?

The tone and spirit of Debbie Allen's narration reminded me of listening to Lynne Thigpen narrate The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest Gaines.


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- Great Kid Books "helping parents find great books for their kids, ages 4 - 14"

uplifting history lesson of black Americans.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES.see book and listen. powerful!


What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart and Soul?

made me realize how little I know and nee.d to check on


What about Debbie Allen’s performance did you like?

Kadir used family experiences. to make it real. The reader was wonderful. You must see the book to be really touched.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Black experience told passionately and made real for all. Exceptional!


Any additional comments?

This audio and book experience should be a MUST for children and adults. The pictures are awesome. Get it, Enjoy!

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- jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio