The Souls of Black Folk

Read by toriasuncle

(4.8 stars; 329 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 Wikipedia) (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.

Superb Production

(5 stars)

Toria's Uncle thank you for such a wonderful read of this book. Early on I decided you must be in the theatre. Your reading was so passionate you merged with the material and brought it back to life. Your love of the writing sparked my own. I found myself playing it for others to hear. Wonderfully written insightful book coupled with excellent delivery & musical intros deserve top honors.

amazing book & reader

(5 stars)

this is one of the most eloquent beautiful books I've had the pleasure to read! The author's style of writing and poetic intellect is informative, moving, and thought provoking. The reader was absolutely perfect! It was like hearing from the author himself, I can't praise Torias Uncle's performance enough. Beautiful piece of art and history. Makes you see current culture through a new lense by understanding the past. so glad I found it.

well done

(5 stars)

This is an important book that provides a view of the situation after the reconstruction and a valuable insight into the history of black people and America in general. It helps one understand how things got to be how they are and is inspirational in so far as it points to where things could go. Well read with moving music.

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.

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.