The Life and Adventures of Venture

Read by Bill Boerst

(4.6 stars; 17 reviews)

Venture Smith was an African captured as a child and transported to the American colonies to be sold as a slave. As an adult, he purchased his freedom and that of his family. His history was documented when he gave a narrative of his life to a schoolteacher, who wrote it down and published it under the title A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America, Related by Himself. (Introduction by Wikipedia) (0 hr 56 min)


0 - Preface 2:36 Read by Bill Boerst
1 - Chapter 1 16:49 Read by Bill Boerst
2 - Chapter 2 23:21 Read by Bill Boerst
3 - Chapter 3 14:01 Read by Bill Boerst


First-hand African Slavery account for most ages

(5 stars)

Our children gleaned a lot from this clear and quick paced autobiography. Venture gives a vivid, but not graphic, portrait of life before, during and after being a slave, and his difficulties of each stage. The final chapter lost some interest of the 5-7 year old crowd, but the rest could follow his hardships as a freeman and his losses incurred by various events and injustices. Even so, the book itself is relatively short and is accessible to all listeners.

(5 stars)

A heartfelt story of a hard working African American back in the 18th century. a great reader as well. thank you.

(5 stars)

the reader is very good Ventures story is amazing.