Death of a King

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5 out of 5 stars
By Piotr on 19-02-15

An important book

What made the experience of listening to Death of a King the most enjoyable?

This is a fascinating piece of history, read with simple conviction by the author. I could not imagine a different narrator.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ernest on 10-10-14

An amazing tribute to the King Legacy

What made the experience of listening to Death of a King the most enjoyable?

The real story of King's final year will send chills down your spine, the betrayal by friends and the media, the depression, the imperfections of MLK and eventually the regicide give readers/listeners a tragic look into the life of one of Americas most heroic leaders.

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

This was his first performance

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me aware and put me at peace with the real legacy of MLK

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl Aichele on 11-05-15

Just what I needed

I'm very glad I got this book. I like the style & the story. Very insightful. I'm going to do more research on the poverty campaign mentioned.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Doug on 17-10-14

Sad but compelling....

The last year of King's life was overfull of hard times....both enemies and friends criticized him relentlessly. He began his campaign against the war in Vietnam, and the president who had helped Blacks gain civil rights was astounded because suddenly King was opposing him. So he fought back. And many of King's supporters and friends were adamantly opposed to King dividing his focus by taking on the war while still seeking equality for Blacks. King was under constant stress...at times he wept...at times he thought of quitting his work at the national level and retiring to a little church in the South, or even accepting an invitation to a church in the UK. Thoughts of death as well as threats of death were constantly with him. The story of his last year is one of a man pushing the boulder up the hill and suffering for every inch. It is a sad story, but it is a compelling story. Maybe we all need to know the story in order to fully honor King. The book is read by the author and he does an excellent job.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Art Guzman on 06-07-18

Narrator killed it, in a bad way

The drama that MLK had to endure in his last year was revealing and sad. The narrator’s performance was the worst. His voice is just not suited for this kind of task.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Floyd Harvey on 28-05-18

The best insight to the King I've read.<br />

This was valuable information. No one has spoken of Doc's journey in this detail. You feel the hatred from those who were assist him and you can see the fear, happiness, and determination of Doc in his last days. This is a must read. Thank you Tavis.

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