The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson, Read by David Sadzin
An Evocative Performance
Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile’s editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. We keep our daily episodes short and sweet, with audiobook clips to give you a sample of our featured listens.
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss David Sadzin’s performance of this evocative, poetic 1912 novel, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. James Weldon Johnson tells the unnamed man’s story in the first person, and Sadzin re-creates the character’s intimate and intelligent tone and catches the cadence of his self-conscious yet assured voice. Race, race relations, and the complex story of passing for white provide the sociological underpinnings of this short but compelling audiobook. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website.
April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry with National Poetry Month. Nicholas Farrell delivers an inspiring work of imagination from the William Wordsworth autobiography in verse, The Prelude: according to our reviewer at AudioFile The Prelude “is an essential listen for anyone interested in the roots of Romanticism.”