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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS How Harlem Became the Center of the Universe, Vol. 1

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Avery Brooks, Marcus Garvey, Maya Angelou, Samuel L. Jackson, et al.

History/ Contemporary Culture • 2.5 hrs. • Audio Program • © 2007

Former Harlemite Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the Harlem Renaissance (1920-1940), touching on social history, literature, music, art, and, of course, basketball. In the introduction the author says, "History is a living road map. It allows us to learn from the mistakes of others and be inspired by what others have done well.” The main narrator is Avery Brooks, whose delivery sounds like jazz. He varies the pacing and gravity of his tone depending on the material. Abdul-Jabbar reads his own reflections. This work sounds more like an audio documentary than a reading of a book. Instead of having Brooks read extended quotations, the producers use clips from archival interviews. Jazz is used to bridge segments. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2009]



Library Ed. • Recorded Books/ Griot Audio • 2009

CD ISBN 9781436189903 $30.75 • Two CDs

DD ISBN 9781456108960 $28.00

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