Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2017
DD ISBN 9781478993902 $25.98
Narrator Nylsa Smallwood's bright, resolute voice fits the author's robust writing and the pugnacious personality of this audiobook's subject. Lucy Parsons was born a slave, but she didn't fight solely for African-American rights. Instead, she advocated for First Amendment rights for all people, espousing violence, radicalism, and socialism to stamp out the evils of industrial capitalism. She married a man who was also involved in radical politics. She reminds us that change is messy and unpopular, but it's necessary for democracy to move forward. This is Parsons's life, and a fascinating one it is. Smallwood sounds like she's reading the book rather than telling the story. Varying her tone and slowing her pace would have helped. Nonetheless, her crystal-clear diction helps to move the story along. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2018]
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