The Devil Finds Work: An Essay Audiobook, by James Baldwin Play Audiobook Sample

The Devil Finds Work: An Essay Audiobook

The Devil Finds Work: An Essay Audiobook, by James Baldwin Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538425497

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106:03 minutes

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52:48 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

73:53 minutes

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Publisher Description

Baldwin’s personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also a probing appraisal of American racial politics.

Offering an incisive look at racism in American movies and a vision of America’s self-delusions and deceptions, Baldwin challenges the underlying assumptions in such films as In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and The Exorcist.

Here are our loves and hates, biases and cruelties, fears and ignorance reflected by the films that have entertained us and shaped our consciousness. And here too is the stunning prose of a writer whose passion never diminished his struggle for equality, justice, and social change.

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“The best essayist in this country—a man whose power has always been in his reasoned, biting sarcasm, his insistence on removing layer by layer the hardened skin with which Americans shield themselves from their country.”

— New York Times Book Review 


  • “If Van Gogh was our nineteenth-century artist-saint, James Baldwin [is] our twentieth-century one.”

    — Michael Ondaatje, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author
  • “[Baldwin] has taken the old subject of race and made it even more personal, probing perhaps more deeply than ever before into American racial practices.”

    — Nation
  • “It will be hard for the reader to see these films in quite the same way again.”

    — Christian Science Monitor
  • “A provocative discussion.”

    — Saturday Review

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About James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1841–1925) was a pioneer of primary education. He worked as a teacher for many years and eventually as an administrator. He also served as editor-in-chief of the American Book Company, which specialized in educational texts.

About Dion Graham

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.