Usually, I try to use my Audiobook of the Month posts to highlight audiobooks that maybe you haven’t considered. But this month, I’m doing something a little bit different. Because it feels like everyone is reading this book or listening to the audiobook this month. And for good reason. Keep reading to see exactly how much I loved this month’s Audiobook of the Month (and how you can listen to it for free).
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Narrated by Christopher Dontrell Piper
19 hours and 8 minutes
I absolutely love listening to history books. They’re definitely some of my favorite audiobooks. So when I decided to finally read Stamped from the Beginning this year, I knew I had to go with the audiobook. And I have no regrets.
Honestly, I think I would have loved this book no matter what, but audiobooks come with the added benefit of forcing me to slow down and pay more attention. So I’m extra glad I went with the audiobook for this one. Because this book deserves to be paid attention to. I learned so much. And I’m glad I also own the paperback so I can go back and read chapters later, after I’ve had a bit more time to absorb all this information. And there is a lot of information in this book.
I actually have a college degree in history (and a minor in American studies) and, up until maybe last year, I had never heard of Juneteenth. It’s pretty clear that my formal education was not exactly comprehensive. So it’s up to me to learn more about black history, and while I’ve been trying to do so over the last few years, this book made it very clear I wasn’t doing enough. I was familiar with a lot of what’s covered in this book… just from the other side. Which doesn’t really feel like a complete education.
I loved this book. I thought it was well organized and comprehensive. Kendi does a great job of explaining racism (and why it’s incredibly wrong and ignorant). I know this is a very long history book, but it’s one I think everyone should read. My views on so many things changed while I was reading this. Not because I was racist before, but because I didn’t really know enough to actually be anti-racist. To understand what is problematic about things I didn’t notice a problem with.
How to Listen
I’ve seen this around everywhere this month. I believe it is actually free on Spotify (which I don’t have, so I don’t really know how that works). But, you can also use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible and get it for free! (You get two free audiobooks, and there are thousands to choose from.)
If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations. Are there any other books with multiple narrators you think I might like?
In case you missed it: check out the 12 Books by Black Authors on My Reading List this Year (Stamped from the Beginning is number one)! And, if you need ideas for what to do while you’re listening, click here for Self-Care You Can Do While Listening to Audiobooks.
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