Frederick Douglass: Narrative of an American Slave
by Frederick Douglass
Read by Andrew L. Barnes
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of an American Slave, as read by Andre L. Barnes, is the autobiography of an
Abolitionist Ex-slave. Written in 1844, the book details Douglassís life and experiences as a slave in the 1830s.
While in captivity, Douglass learned to read and write, which broadened his knowledge and increased his awareness
of his own plight. After years of slavery, Frederick Douglass managed to escape and rose to become one of the most
prominent lecturers on anti-slavery in his time.
His story is a masterpiece, and this audio version is its equal in eloquent style. Narrator Andrew L. Barnes
takes the listener on a journey back in time. His voice so closely matches the authorís writing style that it is
hard to separate the two.
I was lost in the story and at times forgot that Frederick Douglass was not narrating it. I could imagine myself
sitting in the audience at one of Douglassís lectures dressed in my Sunday best, fanning myself due to the heat, as
I listened to him weave the story of his captivity in a world that was coarse and without sympathy. As I listened
to his words, I was caught up in the details and felt his anger and pain as he suffered through the many injustices
of his life.
Barnesí audio version of Douglassís book is a tribute to the author and a treat for the ears. You donít have to
be a history buff or a political activist to enjoy his work. I suggest listening to this book on a quiet afternoon
on a southern porch with a cool glass of tea. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy.
If you like this, try another narrative by Barnes, Up From Slavery.