Narrator Torian Brackett brings vocal gravitas to this biography of Jack Robinson, which dwells as much on the athlete's youth and post-baseball civil rights activism as it does on his groundbreaking career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A thoughtful preface explains the inclusion of dated and hateful language; listeners will hear the N-word again and again, giving them the barest hint of Robinson's own experience. It's a powerful, stirringly delivered account, but it stumbles to incorporate print design elements such as sidebars providing historical context and newspaper clippings. These are read aloud in a way that interrupts the narrative, making for momentum-breaking, sometimes wordy detours. Kids for whom reading is not a barrier will be better served by the print book. V.S. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2023]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9781250866158 $10.99
Library Ed. Macmillan Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9781250897039 $69.99
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