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Publisher's Summary

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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One of the greatest and most inspirational stories

Incredible performance by Fishburne bringing this book to life. Malcolm X's story is so inspiring intellectually and spiritually. Beginning to end it was captivating. I will revisit this many times. Thank you Audible for making this happen in an important time. Alhamdulillah

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One Word: WOW

From the engaging writing to the incredible performance by Laurence Fishburne, I was incredibly sad to finish this book. THAT is how good it was. Everyday I would see how long was left and would wish there was a bit more. To hear the story of how Malcolm Little became Malcolm X and then Al-Hajj Malik was truly awe inspiring. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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Great story!

Laurence Fishburne made a great story even better with his reading of this Autobiography. Very very good!

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Inspired

loved it, inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. narration was on point, El hajj Malik Shabazz was a genius and before his time.

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Malcolm X The Leader

This is a brilliant, well written and easy to understand book. It details the great life of a black leader who dedicated his life to liberate the black race from racism and apartheid in the USA. Certainly Allah Almighty knows the hearts of all mankind and thus lead Malcolm to the true faith (Islam) and to a productive life. May Allah have mercy on you Malcolm and may God bless your soul.

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Make sure you finish it!!

What a roller coaster of a life and therefor book! Watching his evolution is pretty cool, don't give up on him when he's deep in a wild creation myth, follow it right to the end. Great work by X, Haley and Fishburne (thanks for lending the our voice!).

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Absolutely Amazing

Incredible performance and incredible book. Nothing more needs to be said. You are missing out if you don't read/listen to this book.

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Great book, great performance

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Laurence Fishburne was a fantastic narrator as well. I highly recommend to listen to this version of the story

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breathe taking

As a fan of Malcom x, I have never took the time to read his autobiography. I must say I'm deeply a ashamed. outstanding job by Laurence Fishburne is narration was flawless and intriguing. Throughout the whole 16 hours long, I was super engaged and never felt rattled.

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  • 2020-09-10

Audible Masterpiece

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

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  • 2020-09-10

Absolutely stunning!

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

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  • Debra M. Givin
  • 2020-09-12

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
  • 2020-09-10

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
  • 2020-09-12

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
  • 2020-09-12

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
  • 2020-09-12

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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  • Kerry
  • 2020-09-16

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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  • Christina A. Smith
  • 2020-09-11

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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  • Jeffrey Bruton
  • 2020-09-14

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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