JD Jackson’s narration of this 1994 biography has the understated assuredness of a master and keeps the focus on Walter Dean Myers’s 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. A.M.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2013]
Trade Ed. AudioGO 2012
CD ISBN 978-1-62064-450-8 $9.95 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9780792793311 $29.95
Library Ed. AudioGO 2012
CD ISBN 978-1-935430-95-7 $49.95 Four CDs
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