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4.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 5 4.12 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jackie Robinson Narrator: Ossie Davis Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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A straightforward yet inspiring story of what it took to be the first man of color to break into the white world of professional sports. Jackie Robinson's story is more than a telling of his tremendous talent; it is also a recollection that showcases his tenacious spirit, bravery, and the courage of his ideals.

From the early influences of family and friends, to his time at UCLA, to the Army, where he challenged racism and Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson traces his life to playing in the black leagues, frustrated by the abuses and restrictions of second-class status in professional baseball.

As Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, began to look around for a player to break the color barrier in 1946, he knew he needed a man of character who could withstand the pressures of his Noble Experiment. Choosing Robinson gave both of them the chance to prove what they believed in.

Struggles that continued in his personal life and in response to the turbulent sixties are interpreted with insight by Robinson and will give listeners an added appreciation for the amazing strength of his character. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Coyne | 1/20/2014

    " GOP advisors who want more african-americans to join their party should read the last several chapters of this book. Eye-opening. People don't (shouldn't) forget this type of thing too quick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Cobb | 12/29/2013

    " I loved this. I had no idea how difficult life was when a black man emerged into the Major Leagues. Jackie really was a real man and a very intelligent man who saw the big picture and sacrificed greatly to make a difference. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy Buhler | 12/28/2013

    " i am on chapter to of the book. its really great so far and i am enjoying reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Paul | 12/22/2013

    " You will love this book even if you hate baseball. Jackie Robinson is a real super hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Kudelas | 11/30/2013

    " a lot of facts of his life... interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 10/23/2013

    " Autobiography by Jackie Robinson. My childhood sports hero. What abuse he took, but he played the game of baseball like a champion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonora | 7/21/2013

    " This book is about more than Jackie Robinson's career as a baseball player, it is about his journey through life. This book means an awful lot to me, and I re-read it every few years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory | 5/8/2013

    " This book was amazing. I have a new respect for Jackie Robinson, he is one of the greatest baseball players ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anselm | 9/1/2012

    " Robinson has an interesting take on why he supported Nixon instead of JFK in the early sixties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Roberts | 5/12/2012

    " If I were to choose a baseball hero, he would be the one. I have always admired him as a player and as a man. It was interesting to read his own words about his experiences as a Dodger...I was less interested in his life after baseball, but it was still interesting to read about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ℐess | 4/20/2012

    " An important addition to the library of anyone who aloes baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Hull | 9/17/2011

    " I liked this one alot. I have read two books about him, and this one was really good because it was in his own words. I liked hearing about his life from his own point of view. What a great man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake South | 8/28/2011

    " Overall i thought the book was great. It talked about many things aside from sports, and that's why i recommend it to all readers. Overcoming obstacles was the main theme of the book. If you want to read an inspiring and well put together book read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 6/7/2011

    " Jackie is my childhood hero and after reading this book he still is my hero. He fought for so much and never had it made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 11/6/2010

    " After watching the movie 42 I wanted to know more about Jackie Robinson and I appreciated that this book covered his life after baseball. I was still left wanting to know more though, but this is without a doubt worth the read. Jackie Robinson was an incredibly man for his work long after baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 8/13/2010

    " GOP advisors who want more african-americans to join their party should read the last several chapters of this book. Eye-opening. People don't (shouldn't) forget this type of thing too quick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/5/2010

    " I liked this one alot. I have read two books about him, and this one was really good because it was in his own words. I liked hearing about his life from his own point of view. What a great man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 10/29/2009

    " If I were to choose a baseball hero, he would be the one. I have always admired him as a player and as a man. It was interesting to read his own words about his experiences as a Dodger...I was less interested in his life after baseball, but it was still interesting to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 10/22/2009

    " a lot of facts of his life... interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory | 11/13/2008

    " This book was amazing. I have a new respect for Jackie Robinson, he is one of the greatest baseball players ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Paul | 9/5/2008

    " You will love this book even if you hate baseball. Jackie Robinson is a real super hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonora | 3/20/2008

    " This book is about more than Jackie Robinson's career as a baseball player, it is about his journey through life. This book means an awful lot to me, and I re-read it every few years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 3/8/2008

    " Probably should like an autobiography better than a biography, but I don't. Read the biography written by Rampersad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anselm | 2/27/2008

    " Robinson has an interesting take on why he supported Nixon instead of JFK in the early sixties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/3/2008

    " Jackie is my childhood hero and after reading this book he still is my hero. He fought for so much and never had it made. "

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About the Narrator

Ossie Davis (1917-2005) was an American actor, writer, and director best known for his many screen roles and for his involvement in the civil rights movement. Among his film and television credits are The Cardinal, Do the Right Thing, Doctor Doolittle, and The L Word. He was a featured speaker at the funerals of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. In 1995, both he and his wife Ruby Dee received the National Medal of Arts—the highest honor given to an artist by the United States Government.