Writings on the Wall

  • by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
  • Narrated by Ben Adduchio
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author, basketball legend, and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today.
Since retiring from professional basketball as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP and Hall of Fame inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society, a New York Times best-selling author, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, TIME magazine and TIME.com.
He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, his most incisive and important work of nonfiction in years. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts, and authentic experience in essays on the country's seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide, both racial and political; parenthood; and his own experiences as an athlete, an African American, and a Muslim. The audiobook is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off.
Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar's topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar "has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice."

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What the Critics Say

"[Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's] concerns are deep, his arguments well-founded, and his solutions straightforward. The trick is to get people to listen, but Abdul-Jabbar provides a good jumping-off point. Heartfelt sentiments on how racism, gender equality, and other social and cultural issues in America can be changed for the betterment of all." (Kirkus Reviews)

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mild rant about almost everything

Wide and shallow reflections on what has to be improved in the USA. Narration would have been far stronger, had it been performed by the author.
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- Andy

A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On

What made the experience of listening to Writings on the Wall the most enjoyable?

Shaking up old habits, preconceived perceptions, long-held prejudices, Jabbar had me looking at my own processes of decision-making. I liked the information presented with the facts to support his points. He changed my vision of the whole picture presented by opinion shapers in our society.


What other book might you compare Writings on the Wall to and why?

I haven't read another book quite like this one.


Have you listened to any of Ben Adduchio’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have heard other performances and find that his voice and expression are very effective to deliver the ideas and opinions in this book.


If you could give Writings on the Wall a new subtitle, what would it be?

Rethinking the American Dream


Any additional comments?

As my first Audible book, this has been a great one. I enjoyed the experience as well as Jabbar's thoughts and ideas.

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- boomer48

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio