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Black Like Me

Narrated by: Ray Childs
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

The setting is the Deep South in 1959. What began as scientific research ended up changing his life in every way imaginable. When he decided the real story was in his journals, he published them, and the storm that followed is now part of American history.

As performed by Ray Childs, this first-ever recording of Black Like Me will leave each listener deeply affected. John Howard Griffin did the impossible to help bring the full effect of racism to the forefront of America's conscience.

©1989 Elizabeth Griffin-Bonazzi, Susan Griffin-Campbell, John H. Griffin, Jr., Gregory P. Griffin, and Amanda Griffin-Sanderson; 1960, 1961, 1977 John Howard Griffin (P)2004 Audio Bookshelf

Critic Reviews

"No one can read it without suffering." (Dallas Morning News)
"Only the coldest of hearts could be unaffected by this story, told with dignity and warmth, conviction and steadfast honesty. Audiobooks like this can help heal wounds and open minds about racism, an issue our nation still struggles with." (AudioFile)

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Helps you understand why America is the way it is

If you could sum up Black Like Me in three words, what would they be?

Very important book

Who was your favorite character and why?

The shoe shiner. He was one of the few that got what it was all about.

Have you listened to any of Ray Childs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.. But this one was great. Very easy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yea.. Was very good.

Any additional comments?

Every person should read this to see how to avoid perpetuating racial issues that have no rational reason to exist. It also shows me that fighting hate from the whites with hate, just makes every one evil. Jesus' way of doing good to those who use you and hurt you, is clearly the only way this kind of thing can be fixed entirely.

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  • Claudia
  • 02-10-2011

Excellent listening - great narration!

Read this at school in the lates 70's. As a black pupil in a mainly black class I was really fascinated by the unusual storyline and was really anxious to get through to the end.I wasn't disappointed at all.Since rediscovering it, have recommended to others, black and white!

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  • LondonLass
  • 29-08-2015

Important

If you could sum up Black Like Me in three words, what would they be?

Don't miss it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Like Me?

There is plenty of bleak humour in this book. One of the most grimly funny exchanges was when Griffin was discussing visiting a church and then in the same conversation asked where he could find the closest of the very few "black" toilets. The other man asked him if he wanted "to pray or to piss" and then observed that since there were so few such facilities available for the use of black people in town, he would spend most of his time "praying for a place to piss".

What about Ray Childs’s performance did you like?

He read the narrative well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a short book but couldn't be read properly in one sitting because there was too much to think about.

Any additional comments?

An important historical document, absorbingly well told.

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