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Author: John Howard Griffin Narrator: Ray Childs Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781609987183
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Writer John Howard Griffin decided to perform an experiment fifty years ago. In order to learn firsthand how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another, he dyed his white skin dark, left his family, and traveled to the South to live as a black man. What began as scientific research ended up changing his life in every way imaginable. 

This is an eyewitness account of discrimination and segregation that is terrifying and degrading, and its publication caused a furor. As narrated by Ray Childs, this first-ever recording of Black like Me will leave each listener deeply affected. John Howard Griffin’s groundbreaking and controversial work helped bring the full effect of racism to the forefront of America’s conscience—and it has lessons to be learned over half a century later.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stinging indictment of thoughtless, needless inhumanity. No one can read it without suffering.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Essential reading…a social document of the first order…with such authenticity that it cannot be dismissed.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Griffin’s mid-century classic on race brilliantly withstands both the test of time and translation to audio format…Griffin imparts the hopelessness and despair he felt while executing his social experiment, and professional narrator Childs renders this recounting even more immediate and emotional with his heartfelt delivery and skillful use of accents.”

    Publishers Weekly on the audiobook 

  • “A fascinating view of life before the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, showing the difficulties of being black in America.”

    Library Journal on the audiobook 

  • “Groundbreaking and controversial…A mesmerizing tale of the ultimate sociological experiment. Ray Childs’ narration is both straightforward and deeply satisfying. A skilled reader, he incorporates different dialects to help listeners distinguish among the various characters. His ability to convey a full spectrum of emotions, including exhilaration, bone-deep sadness, and gut-wrenching fear is riveting. Equally fascinating is Childs’ description of how Griffin’s unheard of approach to studying racial discrimination changed his personal life and ignited a storm of argument and discussion around the nation. This recording deserves a place in every public library.”

    School Library Journal on the audiobook

  • “[A] compelling and incisive piece of investigative reporting…Only the coldest of hearts could be unaffected by this story, told with dignity and warmth, conviction and steadfast honesty. Audiobooks like this can help heal wounds and open minds about racism, an issue our nation still struggles with.”


  • Winner of the 1962 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " My mother and I read this book back in the 1960s. It was amazing that a white man found out what it was like to be black in the Jim Crow South. However, the movie was a disappointment. "

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

    " Much more interesting than I expected considering the amount of information we have on this topic. Worth reading after all these years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elyse | 5/7/2011

    " A must read for everyone who even so much as THINKS they have experienced first hand racism who is NOT a minor. This will make you reconsider how it really feels. How the other side sees it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 5/7/2011

    " A great topic but not very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 McCall | 4/13/2011

    " This is a seriously fascinating book. I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/11/2011

    " So this book found me and shall see where it reads. I was intrigued by the author( our deacon talked about him in a sermon) who was blinded in WW2 and then regained his sight. Thought provoking. Gave the book to my daughter to read. "

About the Author

John Howard Griffin (1920–1980), was a writer, journalist, humanitarian, and social critic. He was educated in France. His first work, The Devil Rides Outside, is an autobiographical account of his time there and the personal struggles during this period of his life. With the advent of World War II, Griffin did military service, where he was hit on the head and suffered a concussion, which later caused him to be struck blind. He miraculously recovered his sight five years later and wrote about the experience in Scattered Shadows. The most famous and controversial book he wrote was Black Like Me, where he examined the attitudes of whites toward African Americans in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. In order to obtain firsthand experience, he dyed his skin black and lived among African Americans. Griffin received many awards in his lifetime, including the Pope John XIII Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award and the National Council of Negro Women Award. 

About the Narrator

Ray Childs is a successful audiobook narrator. He can be heard on such titles as Black like Me, The Vanderbilts, and Amos Fortune.