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One of Time’s 10 most important nonfiction books of the 20th century.

Experience a bold take on this classic autobiography as it’s performed by Oscar-nominated Laurence Fishburne. 

In this searing classic autobiography, originally published in 1965, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and Black empowerment activist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Human Rights movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American dream and the inherent racism in a society that denies its non-White citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential for anyone who wants to understand the African American experience and America as a whole. 

©1965 Alex Haley and Malcolm X, © 1965 by Alex Haley and Betty Shabazz (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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insightful

Book surprisingly goes into great detail of what it was like in black ghetto's of the 1940's America. Then it expands further and looks more broadly at the civil rights movement, in an American and International context. A incredible story well told that is thought provoking.

Also the voice acting is spot on.

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Gripping, fascinating and shocking.

The most powerful audiobook I've listen to. I followed up with another highly rated book - but it paled into comparison compared to X.

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A must read

A book for all races. A true story of struggle, prophetic in tone and totally thought provoking. If you want to have a view on race relations, this book is required reading.

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Amazing.

This should be mandatory human education. Brilliantly narrated. Indispensable view into the mind of the oprresed and exploited. The world could do with more of this insight.

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The Essential book for the Woke era.

An amazing biography as present as had it been written yesterday. Chapters 'Icarus' and '1965' essential.

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Amazing

Amazing story of one of histories greatest pioneers. Fantastic narration too. We as a human race still bare the consequences from the assainations of the 60s...

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An incredible life

This is the story of a life like no other. I was amazed, inspired, and moved to the core.

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Malcolm was not a perfect man

Malcolm was a product of hate who strived to find peace. Unfortunately the struggle continues.

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Laurence Fishburne brings Malcolm X to life

What a journey. What pashion. What dedication and perservirance. Recommended reading to everyone. I truly enjoyed this work.

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Powerful, timely performance of a classic

I first read 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' as a young person years ago. I learned so much from the extraordinary life and contribution of Malcolm X in the modern world. Listening to this audiobook some twenty years later is a timely reminder of that work, with layers and lessons for every kind of audience. Fishburne delivers a moving, emotional narrative that I imagine Malcolm would have been very proud of. Thank you for this work. In a world of increasing divisiveness and misunderstanding, it is a light for us. I hope it benefits many hearts and communities around the planet.

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  • Phoenician
  • 10-09-2020

Audible Masterpiece

Listening to Malcolm X in the voice of Morpheus is a trip. I've been red pilled.

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  • Debra M. Givin
  • 12-09-2020

Sadly this was written in 1964...

We did not listen then and we are not really listening now. Too many foxes and not enough wolves in powerful positions. You will have to listen/read the book to understand my comment. Malcolm X is insightful, articulate and self aware; Alex Haley is a skillful writer; and Laurence Fishburne’s narration is excellent.

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  • joseph
  • 10-09-2020

Absolutely stunning!

Laurence Fishburne brings this story to life! His voice is perfect for long listening sessions.

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  • Kerry
  • 16-09-2020

it's Nearly perfect

one of my favorite books of all time.. only problem is that the preface is missing.... I think Laurence Fishburne did a great Job channelling Malcolm... only person that might have done better is Denzel in the 90s... only reason I'm not giving it 5stars is because it's missing a Preface... (Alex Haley's part about meeting Malcom X) and the Epilogue..(the Death of Malcolm X and the events leading up too)... Those parts are equally important to me and I remember them from the physical copy..

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  • Brad Allen-Bean
  • 10-09-2020

It’s the Narrating

I’m not even finished with the book yet. But Laurence Fishburnes’ way of telling this story is amazing. 11/10 I’m sure when I’m finished

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  • Jeffrey Bruton
  • 14-09-2020

I am a better man

I am a better man for having listened to this book. I never knew that Malcolm X had left a autobiography however, I remember that time period. I was young then, I dealt with a lot of racism and one of the things that I remembered was white associates would try to force me to tell them was I for Malcolm X or was I for Martin Luther King. They would tell me Malcolm X is a Bad ni@#er and Martin Luther king was a good one. **( Note how they used the N word and did not think it was offensive). I never bought into any of that and never gave my opinion as you would loose either way. I just wanted to see both of them force this country into new Direction. Today's young men and women who don't remember the struggle of the 1960s they don't remember very much except in history books. But to see white America finally catch on that the systematic racism is deeply ingrained (BLM George Floyd). The Autobiography of Malcolm X shows how far we have come and where we are today. Really loved Chapter 15

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 12-09-2020

Outstanding

I 've been waiting for it since July after hearing the sample, and, oh boy, even better than I imagined. it's like watching a movie with your ears

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  • nathan R
  • 12-09-2020

Amazing All Around. I Could Not Stop Listening.

Unmatchable story and narration. Lawrence brought his best game, with so much Heart. If you have any curiosity about the inspirational story of an extraordinary man, expand your perspective with this outstanding reading. It spans so much rawness of life & emotion. It's fullness will not let you down. This story is very important In this time.

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  • Christina A. Smith
  • 11-09-2020

STELLAR PERFORMANCE

I have read and reread the book for decades. Everytime I read it, I gained profiles knowledge. I am soooo grateful that in my lifetime I can listen to Malcolm X's story to the finest. Laurence Fishburne made a stellar performance. ALWAYS RELEVANT.

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  • John M Hubball
  • 12-09-2020

Worth the wait

I’ve been looking forward to this production since it was announced and Laurence Fishburne really delivered. Far and away the best audiobook I’ve purchased this year. The book is great in its own right so I don’t think I can add any praise that hasn’t already been given to the text. I’m already about half way through this one and I’ll probably repeat it a couple more times in the coming weeks. Fishburne is THAT good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-2020

Fantastic.

A must listen. This book is fantastically narrated and is much needed in these times. His life journey is fascinating and full of life lessons.

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  • Maik B
  • 25-02-2021

Phenomenal and absolutely essential!

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the title should be enough , but Malcolm’s life , struggles , triumphs and is an incredible inspirationally listening experience...
This is a very important book and although Malcolm X is somebody I am inspired by , but to anyone who doesn’t know the truth and historical facts about MX , you can hear how visionary Malcolm was and how he was so ahead of his time with his incredible insights into life , civil and human rights which we can all relate to today !

The narrator Laurence Fishburne is phenomenal and captures the mood , language , humour and ambience of the intense content that keeps you absolutely riveted from beginning to the end..

I thoroughly recommend this Malcolm X audio book as absolutely essential and fascinating and with LF’s wonderful narration making it a truly amazing listening experience!

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  • Gagan Singh
  • 20-10-2020

Narrated by a champ

Lawrence Fishburne’s performance is commendable and I got goosebumps listening to this audiobook. Love it!

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  • Del
  • 25-12-2020

eye opener.

Great book.love the truth and the way it came across. More than just an angry man, the pressure he must have felt.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-2020

A must read

One of those rare books that add a new lens to the way you view the world. Fantastic performance as well from Lawrence Fishburne. X is up there as one of the most influential men of the 21st century.

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  • Catherine Mack
  • 10-12-2020

Fascinating

I had a jumble of emotions whilst listening to this book, from incredulity, irritation, deep sadness and amusement at situations Mr X found himself and his sardonic humour.
I nearly gave up on this a couple of times as the honesty was at times difficult. But this book is about Malcom X's journey warts and all. The final chapters explain his journey and the conclusions he came to based on close observation of his fellow man in a variety of situations.
A book I've always wanted to read and I'm so glad I did.

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  • Fitgal
  • 18-09-2020

Fab

This book was that good I'm going to listen to it again.
I definitely recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2021

very informative

this book was greatly narrated and it was good to get an insight into his life

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  • Teslim
  • 19-09-2020

Immense book. Excellent narration. Supreme Malcolm

I really hope a new generation of readers/listeners take the time to engage with story of Malcolm X. He was truly a visionary

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  • Faisal A
  • 19-09-2020

Wow.

Extremely powerfully performed, really takes you on a vivid journey. Although I had read it before this is a book we must read and reread again. Never has it been more relevant than today.

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