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I Never Had It Made

By: Jackie Robinson
Narrated by: Ossie Davis
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A straightforward yet inspiring story of what it took to be the first man of color to break into the white world of professional sports. Jackie Robinson's story is more than a telling of his tremendous talent; it is also a recollection that showcases his tenacious spirit, bravery, and the courage of his ideals.

From the early influences of family and friends, to his time at UCLA, to the Army, where he challenged racism and Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson traces his life to playing in the black leagues, frustrated by the abuses and restrictions of second-class status in professional baseball.

As Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, began to look around for a player to break the color barrier in 1946, he knew he needed a man of character who could withstand the pressures of his "Noble Experiment". Choosing Robinson gave both of them the chance to prove what they believed in.

Struggles that continued in his personal life and in response to the turbulent sixties are interpreted with insight by Robinson and will give listeners an added appreciation for the amazing strength of his character.

Public Domain (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"A disturbing and enlightening self-portrait by one of America's genuine heroes." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • 03-04-2014

Understanding Jackie Robinson's Best Performance

If you could sum up I Never Had It Made in three words, what would they be?

Honesty; Strength; Faitful to change!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Rickey is true to his belief in -- "that all men are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that "among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

What does Ossie Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ossie David's rich vocal expressions bring the reading to life.

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  • Feroz A.
  • 09-10-2018

Some parts are missing

As I was reading along i noticed that there are a few chapters and paragraphs missing. The basic story is still intact and the key point have been hit although it isnt complete.

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  • AJbGiant
  • 13-02-2022

Abridged

Ossie Davis is a great narrator, but you’re only listening to half of the book in this audio version.

Since the second half of the 1972 book is all about the Black Freedom Struggle and Robinson’s frustration with Democrats and Republicans on Civil Rights but little about baseball, I suspect that’s why no one has recorded the rest of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-2023

Never had it made

Very good book looking into the log of a Great American thanks to Mr. Davis for his brilliant reading.

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  • RUFUS Ford
  • 16-10-2022

"DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE "

I'D SAY, JACKIE WAS A SELF MADE MAN, and HE KNEW WHEN TO SHOW HIMSELF !!

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  • prettyaka
  • 25-09-2022

Amazing!

This book is absolutely amazing. I knew Jackie Robinson was a hero, but I didn't know he was a super hero. What he and his family endured. The strength, faith and humanity he and his family had. It was a bonus and an honor to hear Ossie Davis reading to me!! Kudos.

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  • D Cargile
  • 21-08-2022

Eye opening!

I never knew about Mr. Robinsons business and political life. It was view if the whole man.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-2022

Incredible

I keep this book available so that I can re-read passages. Like the autobiography of Malcolm X "I Never Had it Made" is told with candidness and deep reflection of what it is like to live as a black male in this U. S. In many ways we still stand on Jackie's shoulders.

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  • Frugal shopper and wise investor
  • 27-10-2023

Great listen

Such a wonderful story told from Jackie Robinson for all of us. Excellent. Must read.

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  • darrell lee
  • 05-10-2023

I never had it made

Book was very inspiring and uplifting. Being first brings a great deal of responsibility to be something for everyone but when you represent a race that hadn’t been given an opportunity is very tough

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