Four Hundred Souls Edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, Read by Full Cast
A Remarkable Full-Cast Look at 400 Years of History
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An outstanding cast of 87 narrators brings Four Hundred Souls vividly to life. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this stunning audiobook collection of essays and poems covering 400 years of African American history. Of the many incandescent narrators called upon to bring the stories to life, JD Jackson (“Upon Arrival”), Kevin R. Free (“Cotton”), January LaVoy (“Sally Hemmings”), and Robin Miles (“Marroons and Maroonage”) are masterful. Ninety entries, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, encapsulate the African American experience from 1619 to 2019, and the authors tell stories both little and well known that together give the listener a symphony of voices that bring the complex, often horrific, history of Black people in the U.S. into relief.
Support for our podcast comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of Frankenstein, a breathtaking Audie-nominated full-cast performance of the stage adaptation by A.S. Peterson.