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Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave

Written by:
Henry Bibb
Narrated by:
James K. White

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
5 hours 19 minutes
Henry Walton Bibb was born a slave. His father was white although his identity was not positively known. Bibb was separated from his mother at a very young age and hired out to other slave owners for most of his childhood. Always yearning for his freedom, he made his first escape from slavery in 1842. He was recaptured and escaped, recaptured and escaped over and over; but he never gave up on his desire to be a man in control of his own destiny.

Bibb eventually escaped the bondage of servitude for good and dedicated his life to speaking out against the institution of slavery. In the process he helped others obtain their freedom. He published Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, and American Slave in 1849 telling the story of his daily life as a slave, as a runaway and as a free man. He also illustrated the depravity of that “man-destroying system” and the “idea of utter helplessness in perpetual bondage.”

Bibb stated in his Author's Preface that there were other very popular slave narratives published before his own; nevertheless, the uniqueness of his story is in the details of his experiences which, like the others, shine a glaringly truthful beam of light on the sins of this nation. Ultimately Bibb made his way to Canada where in 1851 he published the first black newspaper of that Country, Voice of the Fugitive. He died in 1854 at the age of 39. (Introduction by James K. White)
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Miss Cazzy Bee

Fantastically written by Henry Bibb. The listener is drawn into his story as he describes in great detail. No person should ever have to endure these horrors but it is important that these stories are shared and read and then read again. There are still people in this world being held against their will, working without pay, being punished, being morally, emotionally and physically abu sed. The human race needs too do better by each other. In sharing these stories we open people’s eyes to what is going on around us and what has happened in the not too distant past. I would encourage anyone to listen to this book from teen to adult in the hope of spreading love and compassion. The narrator was also brilliant. Very clear and concise with a nice tone to listen to.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. What an incredible journey to freedom. Highly recommend.

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Loved this book and the narrator was really easy to listen too and read it beautifully.

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