4 audiobooks with heart

Noteworthy recent audiobook releases include two memoirs, a short story collection, and a novel set during the Civil War.


1. 'My Life, My Love, My Legacy,' by Coretta Scott King, as told to The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

(Read by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy; Macmillan Audio; 12 CDs; 14.5 hours; $39.99/www.audible.com download; $27.99)

This memoir reveals the extent to which King was as much an activist in the equal rights movement as was her husband, as well as being an advocate for peace and feminism. This mother of four faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles as she helped shape change in this country while raising small children. Both narrators read with grace and the quiet passion of the younger (LaVoy) and more mature King (Rashad). Though her narrative does become bogged down a little with the minutiae of her struggles, this audiobook, which was dictated in the last year of King's life, puts both her and her husband's struggles in cultural and historical context. A must listen.    Grade: A


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