Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

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  • The mispronunciations, strange inflection, and other quirks made it quite challenging to keep up with this audiobook. While the narrative itself holds significant value, the performance tends to divert attention.
  • I found it challenging to fully enjoy this book due to the reader's use of ebonics. Moreover, the author seems to jump around from one historical concept to another, making it difficult to follow at times. As a 64-year-old white man, my background is rooted in New England, with no exposure to diverse communities. Despite these factors, I will continue listening intermittently and may update my review later. I also believe that a more mature reader would have better suited the serious nature of this book, considering its vast implications. Until my return, I encourage you to give this ambitious book a chance and listen to it as well.
  • The author of this book could definitely benefit from having a skilled editor on board to help streamline his thoughts and make them more concise. I personally found the book to be quite lengthy, and ended up abandoning it after listening for seven hours.
  • This book has an ambitious goal - to delve into the complete history of racist ideas in America. It's such a vast topic that you could easily write multiple books on the subject. Nonetheless, this book manages to do an impressive job. Despite the amount of ground it covers, it maintains a brisk pace and is filled with insightful ideas. The author categorizes race-related ideas into three groups, which may not be a flawless approach, but it certainly packs a powerful punch. The main objective is to make this enormous subject matter understandable, and as you read, it becomes easier to critically analyze history based on the book's presentation. However, I can't help but feel a sense of helplessness. I'm amazed by those who have the passion and dedication to study a problem that seems to have made little progress. One of the most encouraging aspects of this book is the portrayal of how many thinkers have changed their views on race. It's a subtle recurring theme throughout. Perhaps this offers a glimmer of hope that change is possible. I want to believe that, but it's hard for me to be optimistic. It begs the question - what am I personally doing to contribute? This book is incredibly thought-provoking and completely altered my perspective on both history and our current society. Additionally, the narrator does an outstanding job. I highly recommend this book.
  • This five-part book had me hooked until it introduced Angela Davis, after which it took a turn for the worse. As always, I'll do some fact-checking and research before forming a final opinion on the author's credibility. However, I found that a significant portion of the fourth and fifth parts presented subjective views as objective facts. Some of those "opinions" were simply incorrect, which made me question the accuracy of the first three parts as well. Despite this, the book did stimulate my thinking and sparked a desire to delve deeper into the history of racial relations. In the final chapters, I couldn't help but notice the narrator's unique pronunciation of certain words, which added a humorous touch at times. For instance: - Sill-vill instead of civil - Ex-specially instead of especially - Ex-kaped instead of escaped - Feb-you-wary instead of February - Ree-proch instead of reproach - Po-lease instead of police - Beal instead of bill - Keel instead of kill - Steal instead of still - Lauw instead of law - Harry-cane instead of hurricane - Mem-wah instead of memoir - Plea-na-ree instead of plenary - Pun-dents instead of pundits - Sailv instead of self It certainly provided some amusing moments!
  • The book was thoroughly researched. I gained a wealth of knowledge about the history of racism in America, which was my primary objective. The narration was clear, although it did come across as slightly unprofessional. The tone of voice shifted unexpectedly at times, which made it seem like different recordings were stitched together. However, after adjusting to it, I found it satisfactory.