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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“There’s no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it.” The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their heads above water. It may be the heroin that a down-and-out jazz pianist uses to face the terror of pouring his life into an inanimate instrument. It may be the brittle piety of a father who can never forgive his son for his illegitimacy. Or it may be the screen of bigotry that a redneck deputy has raised to blunt the awful childhood memory of the day his parents took him to watch a black man being murdered by a gleeful mob. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Dion Graham’s reading requires him to master an array of voices: hellfire-preaching ministers, deliciously profane Harlem locals,…kittenish women. Graham ranges from tremulous exertion to sudden flashes of rage, his reading flecked by an exhaustion that creeps in at the margins of Baldwin’s prose. Baldwin’s protagonists are weary of a world that allows them no respite from racism and hatred, and Graham echoes that weariness, his voice hushed and low, its register reflecting their struggle to survive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Many of these situations don’t occur in quite the same ways now, but narrator Dion Graham makes them timely and universally human…a heartbreaking performance…Graham’s reading pulls the listener back to a time when [these stories] were fresh, raw wounds.”


  • “Timeless in its treatment of youthful innocence, prejudice, addiction, loneliness, fear, and human suffering…Dion Graham is masterly in his rendering of the vast array of characters in these eight disparate tales. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “All of these tales have an undeniable urgency, power, and anger…Symphonic in structure, mixing religious and sexual motifs, encompassing various shades of characters and situations…memorable in every sense; funny, sad, colorful, it is a triumphant performance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kit Fox | 2/18/2014

    " The more James Baldwin I read, the more faith I find myself having in the future of the written word. Baldwin feels like that brilliant college professor who exposes you to ideas and experiences that challenge the very core of who you are--or thought you were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jacob | 2/13/2014

    " i'm almost done with this. so far, i believe james baldwin has become one of my favorite writers. INCREDIBLY powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/12/2014

    " This book changed my life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M | 2/4/2014

    " The title story Going to Meet the Man is alright, but among the most memorable short stories I've ever read are The Man Child, Sonny's Blues and This Morning, This Evening, So Soon. The best among them would be Sonny's Blues. Excellent collection overall. "

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