The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Clayborne Carson - editor
  • Narrated by Levar Burton
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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."


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What the Critics Say

2000 Grammy Winner, Best Spoken Word Album"More than a resource, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a keepsake." ( AudioFile)


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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.

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- Mr. M. Curtis

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-1999
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio