The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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(4.5 stars; 158 reviews)

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, written in 1789, is the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. It discusses his time spent in slavery, serving primarily on galleys, documents his attempts at becoming an independent man through his study of the Bible, and his eventual success in gaining his own freedom and in business thereafter.

The book contains an interesting discussion of slavery in West Africa and illustrates how the experience differs from the dehumanising slavery of the Americas. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is also one of the first widely read slave narratives. It was generally reviewed favorably. (Wikipedia)

This work was produced to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain. (8 hr 5 min)


Introductory 2:45 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 1 38:16 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 2 28:34 Read by roolynninms
Chapter 3 34:51 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 4 41:17 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chapter 5 41:37 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 6 43:06 Read by Catherine Fitz
Chapter 7 36:22 Read by Ezwa
Chapter 8 36:11 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 9 44:12 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Chapter 10 42:02 Read by Måns Broo
Chapter 11 55:30 Read by Gary Gilberd
Chapter 12 40:34 Read by Lizzie Driver


Uplifting and inspiring.

(5 stars)

An uplifting and inspiring autobiography of a humble man who lived an incredible life. I have now found another hero of history who having met the ugliest side of mankind, chose to embrace and reflect the beauty of the Eternal.

Invaluable Testimony

(5 stars)

This slave narrative had been challenged by historians as to the accuracy in Olauda's childhood but even if that is the case this is a narrative that is dynamic in the changing experiences of a former slave who rose to a hight few ever dreamt of.

it's truly sad what men are willing to do to other men. God help

(4 stars)

it's truly sad what men will do to other men. God help us.

life of olaudah equiano

(4.5 stars)

Story was good but some readers were hard to understand.

amazing story!

(5 stars)

One oof the most fascinaring autobiographies I have ever eead

Interesting indeed!

(4 stars)

This man had quite a range of experiences. While they are probably not indicative of the average former slave, the story is compelling and serves as snapshot of the culture. There are many accounts of harsh treatment toward blacks but also stories of compassion and resilience. I also enjoyed hearing about his spiritual journey.

(4 stars)

An interesting perspectives, and we haven't really changed that much in 300+ years. towards the end of thr book when he had found religion. He was talking to I believe a Captain and the Captain said something about the Pope bring black/ Negro but a simple search there has only been three. Nothing in the 1700's.

(5 stars)

incredible writing style from mid to late seventeen hundreds. what a depiction of cruelty of slavery, but at the end what a plea of slavery emancipation, that too with economic explanations. amazing economic analysis