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Natives

Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
By: Akala
Narrated by: Akala
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,328 ratings)
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Summary

A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times best seller from the BAFTA- and MOBO-award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala.

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique audiobook he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

©2018 Akala (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"My book of the year. It's personal, historical, political, and it speaks to where we are now. This is the book I've been waiting for - for years." (Benjamin Zephaniah)

"A history lesson of the kind you should get in school, but don't...This is a searing, thought-provoking book." (Stylist

"A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain." (Independent)

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A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

Being a big fan of Frankie Boyle I've seen a number of Akala's appearances on his panel style show. I always felt that Akala was able to cut straight to the heart of whatever matter was being discussed and have been a keen follower of him since.

This book is both an excellent account of the experiences of a mixed race boy growing up in 80's/90's London as well as a dig deeper in to the Empirical history of England and how that has shaped the nations views on race and colour and how they continue to manifest themselves today.

This goes beyond the obvious incidents of racism, such as overt name calling and racially motivated violence and in to the far more damaging and covert world of institutional racism that exists within not only the nations institutions of power but in peoples subconscious thoughts and actions.

I always enjoy audiobooks more when read by the author and Akala does a great job of taking you through his book in a lively and passionate manner which certainly adds to the personal accounts raised by the author.

I'd highly recommend this, it helped me to understand why racism is such a problem today, where it's roots lie and why it won't just go away if we ignore it. Essential and thought provoking reading/listening for people of all colour and creed.

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Outstanding work by Akala.

Written and read by the brilliant Akala, not a single fault with the book. Tells his story with real history.

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Great book for anyone with interest in history, class and race

This book gives you a personal look at UK inner-city life coupled with great historical insight. Taking on political, instructional and historical views of race and class, and why the world views different races and classes the way it does in 2018 and beyond.

I gave this book five stars for delivery and depth of the content. Also, I feel unlike other books with a similar theme; I can personally relate to the experiences of Akala.

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Eye Opening

incredible, passionate and concious raising. I really reccomend EVERYONE read this book regardless of your background.

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well researched, emphasis on fact vs emotion

The book was well researched and based on facts J instead of emotion. Very enlightening and easily accessible.

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I couldn't stop listening. Eye-opening and honest.

I was enthralled and educated in areas of human nature and experience that I haven't consciously been exposed to in my 33 years pottering around this ball of rock. The perspective that this book brings is captivating, with humour, sadness and irony dotting the narrative. From start to finish you'll hoping that there's more to come. The only downside of this book is that it wasn't 10 hours longer. Thank you for writing it.

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thoroughly engaging review of race and class.

Akala continues to show why he is one of the greatest minds in the UK.

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outstanding

outstanding - worth every minute. great insight and analysis. robust and concise. engaging and though provoking.

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A much needed alternative perspective on the history of empire

I wish schools taught a more enlightened and balanced representation of the age of empire and its implications for young people today instead of encouraging a weird and misguided rose tinted view of Britain’s impact on the world. Truly engaging and eloquently delivered with real world anecdotes to bring it to life - top marks!

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Definitely Worth a Listen/Read

A thought provoking essay that highlights overlooked contributions to the winning of political freedom around the world, including the UK, and how racial bias impacts negatively on society. Akala’s life experiences not only mirror my own path in many ways but also the conclusions I’ve formed based on my own observations at school and at work. This book is credible, uses excellent reference materials to evidence its findings.

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  • Lamont D
  • 19-09-18

Interesting in parts, but definitely a mixed bag

I found some of Akala's lectures and conversations on YouTube interesting, so I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to what he had to say in a wider context.

As.a.black American, I found some of his insights into his background and racial politics in Great Britain fascinating. Parts of his stories echo things I've experienced or seen over here, while others were completely foreign to me (like the idea of a Pan-African Saturday school). And his stories were interesting, even if I disagreed with a few of his conclusions.

So why not five stars? Well, he doesn't lack for confidence and seems to have a general inability to see his part in things. He unequivocally asserts things without taking the effort to walk you through his logic, and by the late stages.of the book he is throwing around 'obvious' so much that it is completely grating. And by the final chapter, he is throwing so many concepts around that he can't give any of them air to breathe or room to provide true insight into things. By the last chapters in the book, I had to force myself to listen to the last few chapters without cringing - and I was relieved it was over.

A better editor would have helped tremendously.

But despite that, it is an interesting book so I'll give it 4 stars.

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  • Adnan Maddix
  • 16-04-19

Fantastic work

Masterpiece of our age. Great read and offers many answers to liberals and capitalist alike. thought provoking to say the least.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

Natives

I found this book to be an eye opener for sure. I live in USA and when he spoke about the man in the White House he was 200% accurate. His voice was so uniform and expressive really held me attentive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-19

eye opening, riveting listen

I never realized the extent of modern day racism in the UK. as well as many interesting and important facts about the history of the Empire and corruption of government

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  • Conrado De La Rosa
  • 24-02-19

World View Changing

Wonderful insight on the panafricanist struggle from within the British empire. Tons of new and insightful references, relatable, entertaining, poignant.

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL read!!!!!

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  • Isak
  • 28-08-18

Great writing and reading

Very inspiring and gives you alot of insight. Really Great with the last paragraphs looking forward, predicting. Captivating

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  • Allen Lott
  • 18-08-18

Pure unadulterated brilliance.

This is a must-read for all especially black or minority people I like how Akala wrapped up history, facts, personal opinion, along with storytelling and genuine truth in this book. the fact of how you can discuss racial things with truth and fax yet not come off feeling that you hate another race is truly brilliant and shows that the writer attacks everything from a level of humanity not bias and that is what made this booking most interesting read I love the book and I think akkala is great.

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  • Akanke Om
  • 31-07-18

Brilliant.

I became aware of Akala a few years ago, and though his music hasn't quite captured me yet, I am captivated by his analysis of race and class in the UK, and in the world. I just finished his self-narrated audiobook, and again, his commentary is insightful, his perspective is poignant and highly accurate (at least based on my own observations). I HIGHLY recommend this book if you are curious about shifting race and class dynamics in the 21st century. Now I'm going to go listen to more of his music to see what I'm missing.

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  • Nischelle Ligon
  • 24-07-18

Excellent! I am a fan.

I loved how Akala debunked flemsy arguments regarding race relations in the UK and it's colonies. He put some things in perspective for me...

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  • Louis C. Golden
  • 05-07-18

MOST READ/LISTEN

I already knew that he was a great artist and educator. But out did himself on this one