The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. In it he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the reception of his work. It is also the only of Douglass' autobiographies to discuss his life during and after the Civil War, including his encounters with American Presidents such as Lincoln, Grant, and Garfield.
Richard Allen pulls out all the stops in his narration of Douglass's third autobiography, even singing in a surprisingly rich and mellifluous voice the spirituals transcribed by the author. This classic of 19th-century American literature chronicles a spirit awakened from the horrors of slavery and inspired to resist. Allen's voice is a deep baritone, lending a natural dignity to the text he reads. He narrates in a singsong manner, the rhythm waxing and waning. And while this style is unexpected, it is successful. Douglass describes the abuses and degradations of slavery, and Allen does justice to the author's words, often sounding like a preacher delivering a homily from the bible of the antislavery movement.