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May 30, 2021

Four Hundred Souls

Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain

This epic audiobook enhances Kendi and Blain’s transformative history project through the sense of humanity that only a person’s voice can convey.
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A heartfelt chorus of voices composes a well-researched community mosaic of Black American history in Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain's Four Hundred Souls (14 hours).

The book is divided into five-year periods that span 400 years of the Black American experience, and the audiobook transitions between each section via layered, echoing voices for a haunting, emotional effect. Eighty-seven narrators comprise the full cast, including the authors of some of the essays and poems as well as other notable voices such as journalist Soledad O'Brien and actors Danai Gurira and Leslie Odom Jr. The performances are straightforward or theatrical as appropriate, but they're always engaging, and the variety of voices and styles sustains the listener's attention.

Offering the best of education and entertainment, this epic audiobook enhances Kendi and Blain's transformative history project through the sense of humanity that only a person's voice can convey. Listeners will learn and be moved, and will no doubt listen more than once. Bravo.

 

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Go behind the scenes with the editors and producers of Four Hundred Souls, the year's most astounding full-cast audiobook production.

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Four Hundred Souls

Four Hundred Souls

One World
ISBN 9780593134047

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