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He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the twentieth century's most influential men and lived one of its most extraordinary lives. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. drawn from a comprehensive collection of writings, recordings, and documentary materials, many of which have never before been made public. This history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King in his own words as read by others and in his own words and voice: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family's needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.
In original recordings of his own vivid, compassionate voice, here at last is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unforgettable chronicle of his life and his legacy. Years in the making, and woven together from thousands of recordings and documents, including letters to his family and diary entries, this program is a unique compilation which includes many rare recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering sermons, speeches, lectures, and addresses. Highlights include "I Have a Dream," "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and "The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech."
(P)1998 Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., All Rights Reserved; 16 9; 1998 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
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Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 1999
"More than a resource, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a keepsake." (AudioFile)
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By John-Mark Stensvaag on 08-05-03

A Fascinating Slice of History

The most powerful aspects of this "autobiography" are the excerpts from Dr. King's speeches. It is stunning to hear him speak to the very first meeting of the Montgomery bus boycott supporters (after first hearing how little time he had to prepare) and to also hear the voices of the crowd chiming in their approval. The text that stiches the speech excerpts together is considerably weaker, because that text was not written by Dr. King and lacks his eloquence. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into a great leader and an extraordinary time in American history.

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By serine on 04-10-16

Read this to understand King

The editor of this book used MLKs own words to compile an biography that was commissioned and authorized by MLKs family after his death. In the Audible version, his own speeches are scattered throughout. Magnificent!

I cannot imagine a soul who cannot benefit from reading this book. It is still sadly so appropriate today. Progress has been made, yes. But too many things remain extremely problematic.

Those who post memes about choosing love over hate but who do not post MLK memes about action, duty, justice, fairness are especially in need of reading this book. You are in danger of choosing order over action, something MLK did not respect. In fact he felt that was the most dangerous type of person, "the moderate."

Anyone who thinks MLK was a republican should read this book.

Anyone who thinks MLK would approve of not taking action when police brutality is targeted more at black people than white should read this book.

Anyone who thinks MLK would not call for action when it has been shown that black people are arrested, caged, and punished after incarceration at *much* higher rates than white people who committed the *same* crime needs to read this book.

No matter if you are black or white, if you fail to act, MLK would not be on your side. If you disagree, but have not read his own words, read them. If you choose order over justice, you are the most troublesome type of person in MLKs eyes. Here for the taking are his own words, laid out in historical time, so the reader can understand the full context. All you need to do is read for yourself.

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By Mr. M. Curtis on 03-15-14


Really powerful insight into an incredible man and a social mirror that makes you question your own life and position.

If you want to feel humble and insincere then listen to this. I feel richer for doing so and can't recommend it highly enough. The occasional voices from the man himself made the hair on my arms stand up.

Where do you find more like this?

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By Anonymous User on 01-23-18

Not complete

I planned to listen to this alongside reading the physical book as I usually do. The book itself is fascinating and a very good read. However, the audiobook does not follow along at all, with the narrator missing out entire paragraphs. By the time the audiobook had reached chapter 5, I gave up and returned it. I will just read the physical version instead.

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By Cat on 01-28-18


You need to listen to this book. God bless Martin Luther King jnr and his family

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By Lawrence on 07-23-17


Wow! What an eloquent, poetic and awe inspiring autobiography of one of the greatest men to ever live. with rare recordings of MLK and gospel songs throughout the recording. This audio book is a must for all.

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