Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by the author. Random House Audio, , unabridged, digital download, 3.5 hrs., $17.50 ISBN 978-0-147-52050-0
Coates, a national correspondent at the Atlantic, delivers a mesmerizing, must-listen performance in this audio edition of his powerful meditation on race in America. Framed as a letter to his adolescent son and echoing the work of James Baldwin, the book mixes tales of the author’s childhood, and his time at Howard University and in Paris, with reflections on the history of American empire, police violence, education, the destruction of black bodies, and the ongoing racial crisis in the United States. The author’s reading is both conversational and compelling. Coates’s well-paced narration adds depth to his prose, hooking listeners from the very start and presenting his ideas in a manner that is thoughtful, wise, and full of emotion. Coates is the only person who could have narrated this audiobook—and it should be required listening for all Americans. A Random/Spiegel & Grau hardcover. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/27/2015
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