The Souls of Black Folk

Read by toriasuncle

(4.8 stars; 198 reviews)

The Souls of Black Folk is a well-known work of African-American literature by activist W.E.B. Du Bois. The book, published in 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which had been previously published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Du Bois drew from his own experiences to develop this groundbreaking work on being African-American in American society. Outside of its notable place in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the first works to deal with sociology. (Summary from

(7 hr 59 min)


The reader of this account was surperb par excellent.

(5 stars)

The reader read with passion and emotional interpretation in such a way that I feel as though I met Dr. DuBois in spirit. The whole production is a tribute to the man and the souls for which he spoke. What a treat to listen to.

Great book

(5 stars)

I enjoyed listening to this audio book. The reader was excellent. The author was a man of intellect. He painted a picture of a time and a race of people that I might not know, otherwise. Although I am not Black, I enjoyed learning more about the struggles of others for freedom and equality, even though, perhaps, not yet fully attained. Particularly touching to me was the chapter that described the birth and death of the author's son.

Rich tapestry beautifully rendered

(5 stars)

I had read Du Bois' masterpiece before, but listening to it read by Toria's Uncle gave it new life. I so enjoyed hearing the music that opens each chapter, but I also got to hear and feel Du Bois' sense of love and loss for his baby son, got to revel in his superb scholarship as he analyzed the challenges facing black higher education at the turn of the 20th century and enjoyed his keen eye for place and people as he described his move south. This book is a must for anyone who wants to appreciate the expansive intelligence of one of our best thinkers or hopes to better understand the enduring dilemma of black inequality in America.

what a discovery!

(5 stars)

This is the type of book that might seem dry and archaic in print, but that comes alive as audio, especially in the hands of a gifted and thoughtful reader, as is the case here. The reading is clearly a labour of love. Vital and relevant.

excellent reader, all too often not enough credit is given to th

(5 stars)

Excellent Reading, but some technical issues

(3.5 stars)

This recording was very good and I enjoyed it a lot. It was easy to tell that the reader really conveyed the emotion behind the book. My only criticism is from the technical issues. One chapter suffers from such low levels that I had to turn up my car speakers all the way up. Also there were many times in which the microphone was hit or he force of his voice made a loud thumping. It made me jump a few times. On the whole though, I enjoyed this recording very much.

Thought provoking

(5 stars)

this book really gets you thinking about where we are now as a people as a nation myself as a black man and understanding that some of the same challenges that we faced we face now we face back then and the root cause of some of those challenges where the complications from slavery this will definitely answer some questions put you in the mindset of understanding those and I will highly recommend anyone that wants a greater understanding of what the Reconstruction period was like to listen to this book

Excellent reading! Must Listen!

(5 stars)

Toriasuncle has done a great service to the world by bringing the words of Dr. DuBois to life in this charming, high-quality reading. The reading is clear, consistent, and maintains quality even at high playback speeds. The musical introductions are charming and the work is audibly one of great love and respect for the text. All Americans should consider this book a must read -- particularly in this day and age -- and Toriasuncle's reading makes it accessible to all. Bravo, sir!!