At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto.
The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.
A Blackstone Audio production.
The Book Is Insightful
Students of African-American history or the civil rights movement will especially find this work helpful in their studies. I read the book a few years ago, and it did an excellent job of offering insight into the civil rights movement. This may not be for casual listeners, although I found the book's brevity and narrow focus helpful in reading it. Baldwin's work was done in a scholarly manner, though it was certainly meant to be read and understood by an audience without a history background. I can only imagine what Jesse L. Martin's narration is like, and so I have rated this book 4 stars instead of the five that I was inclined to rate the book by itself.
When I saw that this was available on iTunes last year I couldn't believe it. Jesse Martin's narration is great, you have no trouble hearing Baldwin's bitterly eloquent voice through his own. The Fire Next TIme has always been one of my favorite essays period. It's got fire, passion, craftsmanship and a formal elegance that only Baldwin (and now maybe Obama) could bring together in the personal memoir. I hope and pray that this will lead to further audiobooks from Baldwin's collection. I'd love to hear Jesse reading from Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, No Name in the Street, the full repetoire! Great job iTunes, you've shocked and amazed me once again. Looking forward to more.
An astonishing testament to humanity
Brief, powerful and at times achingly vulnerable trip through the soul of a towering intellect.