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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

As Told to Alex Haley
Narrated by: Laurence Fishburne
Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
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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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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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The most influential leader of the 20th century America

One of my favourite people of all time. No offence to the narrator but after watching Denzel Washington play Malcolm X so brilliantly (still can’t understand not awarding him the Oscar) I wish he would have been the narrator of this brilliant autobiography.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2020

Absolutely brilliant

I've read the book many times and it's truly life changing. The performance was outstanding and did this great book justice. This is the best audiobook on Audible right now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2020

Best Book Of All Time..#1

Listened to many audible books ( with high ratings) this is just on next level, and it deserves to be on #1 of all times. Every scenario has a important lesson to be learned. Laurence Fishbourne, you really justified this book.

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  • MSD
  • 22-10-2020

Excellent and addictive narration

Fishburne has done an excellent job as a narrator. His passion and investment in the book is evident and it comes across as if Malcolm is speaking to the listener, himself. Having read this wonderful autobiography 3 times in my 36 years, I found many new takeaways from this audio book, thanks to Fishburne.

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  • cmmercer
  • 21-10-2020

fantastic

The narration was simply superb; Laurence Fishburne gave live to this fascinating story. I'll admit I knew very little about Malcolm X before listening to this book but I have been enthralled throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2020

Educational and thought provoking

Written with passion and read with passion by Fishbourne. Such a pity it all ended in 1965. Malcolm constantly reassesses and changes his views. I'm left thinking 'what could have been?'