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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,243 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Metaxas Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781400174270
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Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong. To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film. This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Johnny Heller takes full advantage of the author's humor, rich language, and clever ways of saying things.... The audiobook is a worthwhile prequel to the American Civil War and a jewel of biography beyond black and white. AudioFile
  • “The little-known story of the lifelong struggle of a member of Parliament to abolish slavery in the British Empire.”

    USA Today

  • “A fine and important book.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ljpratt | 10/26/2015

    " This book, full of righteous pomp and circumstance, is inspiring beyond description. Highly recommended for reading at any point in life, but definitely when one is weary of every day life and finds one's behaviors and habits stagnant. Get up and do something after you read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpavalock | 2/15/2014

    " It always amazes me that these young folks were so young in college! Wilberforce was just 17 when he entered Cambridge and William Penn was 14! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 2/1/2014

    " A good introduction to the life of Wilberforce and his efforts to abolish the slave trade in Britain. Written is an engaging style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 1/26/2014

    " Truly absorbing, inspiring, witty ... and even better than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Sample | 1/13/2014

    " An amazing story about an incredible man - Gave good insight into the world that Wilberforce lived in and the difficulties he encountered as he grew and changed into a world changing force. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, it was really inspiring and I learned a lot. William Wilberforce was an amazing man that was clearly led by God. Like all heros he fought with all of his heart and strength for what he believed to be right, no matter the consequences. I always like reading books about real heroes in history. That being said, I was slightly annoyed by Metaxas's style of writing...he was very passionate, that was clear and enjoyable but he went off on really long tangents (which were interesting but confusing), expected the reader to know a lot more than I knew and used hyperbole way too much for my taste in a type of history book. Anyway, I loved it despite all that and I recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 12/31/2013

    " This book is truly inspirational. I loved reading about Wilberforce and his journey to better the world. It reminds us of the power of one person and the impact that each of us can make on society. To find a cause and never give up! And he did it all while being kind, sensitive and struggling with his health. READ IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathryn | 12/30/2013

    " The time it took me to read this book in no way reflects how much I loved it. This was one of my favorite reads ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/21/2013

    " Always wanted to know more about the song "Amazing Grace". Wonderfully written. Redemption can come from others but, it first must start from the power to forgive yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Schnell | 12/20/2013

    " Great story. Its not super well written. There is too much of the authors superfluous commentary and extrapolation instead of sticking to the story. The story is good enough to almost make up for it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/16/2013

    " A very educational book about a subject I knew nothing about. Some slow parts, but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Ronningen | 11/6/2013

    " Amazing book. Uplifting, inspiring, personally challenging; all that and it was brilliantly written by a witty, educated author. A must read for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie M | 9/3/2013

    " Amazing person...definitely want to teach my kids about him because I don't ever remember hearing his name until college when Wilberforce U was down the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Silver | 8/23/2013

    " Amazing story of an amazing man. As for style, I thought Metaxas did a much better job on his Bonhoeffer book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/2/2013

    " William Wilberforce lead a 20 year campaign in Great Britian to end slavery. I found his story most inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Brace | 8/8/2012

    " One of the greatest and most inspiring books I've ever read. Metaxas is a truly riveting writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bella | 6/14/2012

    " Umm this is good if history's your thing. Wasn't the most interesting book ever, but that wasn't the author's fault. There were good comparisons in the book, and it was very informative. Overall, a good biography... 4 stars for a biography rating, and 3 in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 4/28/2012

    " My personal favorite of Eric Metaxes biographies. Deeply inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 2/28/2012

    " It's good for us to read about how God used great men to change the world for the better. William Wilberforce was a humble servant who never gave up on his desire to rid his country of slavery and was rewarded with sucess two days before he died. Great lessons in faithfulness and perserverence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 12/24/2011

    " Amazing inspirational life story. After reading this, I was inspired that one person really can make a difference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 5/10/2011

    " Wonderful look at a very important Theologian at a critical point in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/4/2011

    " I Agree with all the 5 star reviewers. Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy AND hero. Don't miss Metaxas' Acknowledgments. He had me from his first sentence. " It was the summer of 1988- that glorious season of my spiritual nativity." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dostalik | 5/3/2011

    " This was one of the most eddifying books I ever have read. He truly loved the Lord in all he thought, said and did. Germany is a better place because of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 5/1/2011

    " Well written, spell binding, well-documented! Bonhoeffer is the best biography I have ever read. It won EPCA Book of the Year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/28/2011

    " This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. He is an inspirational Christian. I have learned much about living an authentic Christian life from the way this man lived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/25/2011

    " This was an excellent read and so educational. A must read for every Lutheran! It spawned a craving for books about the that era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 4/20/2011

    " favorite book of the year so far - in depth exploration of Bonhoeffer - his life, background, motivation, and what led him to be the man he was. highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 4/20/2011

    " An excellent book. I recently heard a sermon and the pastor said that we Americans will soon have to take a strong stand for Christ and the Truth as Bonhoeffer did if we want to save our church and nation's foundation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eunice | 4/18/2011

    " I agree with so many of the other reviewers of the book. I had read other biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer but this one gave me more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 4/6/2011

    " Wow! Essential reading for anyone who thinks things can not change quickly. Powerful.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 4/6/2011

    " I really probably should not get started into phonebook size biographies. Especially in Spring. But hey, I tried. I'm intrigued by this man and wish I had the cliff notes version of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 4/3/2011

    " Starts out a little slowly. Overall a fascinating book about the side of Germany and world war 2 you don't hear too much about. "

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About the Author
Author Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas is a New York Times bestselling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into multiple languages around the world. He has been a frequent cultural commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel and has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, the Hugh Hewitt show, and the Bob Grant show.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.