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3.57428571428571 out of 53.57428571428571 out of 53.57428571428571 out of 53.57428571428571 out of 53.57428571428571 out of 5 3.57 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781482983821
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As a fourteen-year-old, he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At sixteen, he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. In Harlem, he was known as Detroit Red, a slick street operator. At nineteen, he was back in Boston, leading a gang of burglars. At twenty, he was in prison. It was in prison that Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and there he developed his beliefs about what being black means in America—beliefs that shook America then and still shake America today. Walter Dean Myers’ classic biography sheds light on a black man whose beliefs changed America.

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  • “A fervent portrait of the controversial man who ‘put the hard edge on the [civil rights] movement’ and ‘scared America’ with his anger…Steer readers to Myers for a sense of the rage and frustration that fueled Malcolm X’s brief career.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “J. D. Jackson’s narration of this 1994 biography has the understated assuredness of a master and keeps the focus on Walter Dean Myers’ beautiful text. Occasionally, Jackson’s voice resonates with pain, as it does during the tragedies of Malcolm’s childhood. Overall, Jackson’s voice is like a steady wind steering the story on a perfectly charted course. The text doesn’t shy away from the controversial or painful truths surrounding the civil rights leader. It asserts the validity of anger in the face of oppression without romanticizing it. Likewise, it deals with the comparisons made between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X by digging deeper into the larger dialogue within the struggle for civil rights and showing the two leaders’ different perspectives to be parts of a larger whole. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “If one can choose only one book about Malcolm X, this is the book of choice.”

    VOYA

  • “It is with incisive, precise prose that the author chronicles the labyrinthine path of Malcolm’s life…seamlessly fusing historical notes on the era with the activist’s story…The inclusion of quotations from Malcolm X’s eloquent autobiography brings an added dimension to Myers’ account and successfully rounds out this carefully researched portrait of a deeply devoted individual.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Myers traces Malcolm Little’s life from his childhood experience…Myers does a terrific job of contrasting Malcolm X’s ‘by any means necessary’ message and style with Martin Luther King’s advocacy of nonviolent protest. In the process, the reader gets an inside look at the Civil Rights movement in America during the 1960s.”

    ALAN Review

  • “Myers…strikes a good balance between his subject’s personal life and broader social issues and movements. Myers does not judge whether or not Malcolm X's views were better than those of King but rather shows how both appealed to specific audiences and contributed to the struggles of the 1960s…Myers’ evenhanded approach will provoke thought and discussion among reluctant readers, who may find [other books] slow going.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Myers has done a fine job of introducing the reader to Malcolm X and of detailing his life from childhood through his time in prison to his rise to leadership of the Nation of Islam. Historical information about civil rights in the United States clarifies Malcolm’s choices...An excellent choice for any school or home library.”

    Horn Book Guide

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Honor Book for the 1994 Coretta Scott King Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steen Knigge | 12/7/2013

    " From the latter part of Malcolm X's life. Interesting to see his transformation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/24/2013

    " What can I say? I'm a sucker for controversial public figures and their writings. Good insight on his speeches. Read this, by any means necessary.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Baker | 9/4/2013

    " I love this book because it gives you an idea of who Malcolm X really was as opposed to who he was portrayed to be. You can read about his growth as a man and how empowering he is in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 8/13/2013

    " In my opinion he has an excellent perception and understanding of the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheehan | 8/4/2013

    " no mediation, just Malcolm rapping his views, good survey of his speeches from different periods in his life and philosophies. Worth picking up for the post-NOI writings that get often overlooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Warner | 4/29/2013

    " What he really said, not what they told you he said "

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About the Author
Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937–2014) was the acclaimed author of over fifty books, primarily for young adults. His notable works include Fallen Angels, Monster, Crystal, and Scorpions. He won numerous awards for his works, including five Coretta Scott King Awards for African American authors. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for his book Monster. In January of 2012 he became the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

About the Narrator

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.