J.D. Jackson

J.D. Jackson is a classically trained actor, a theater professor, an aspiring stage director, and an award-winning audiobook narrator. His television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri's Ghetto Cowboy, he was named one of AudioFile's Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.

  • Speak of Me As I Am

    By Sonia Belasco

    Read by J.D. Jackson and Erin Spencer

    A moving story of grief, honesty, and the healing power of art.

    "Debut author Belasco adeptly captures the tribulations of high school life while also celebrating art's ability to help clarify and contextualize its joys and sorrows...The novel's most intriguing character...is grief itself, which the author illuminates, examines, and dissects with a surgeon's precision and the gentle touch of an artist. A stirring account of the trials of adolescence." - Kirkus Reviews

    Released Tue Apr 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • The Sittin' Up

    By Shelia P. Moses

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Laced with humor and a lot of heart, this is an affecting, fun tale from a storytelling master.

    "With his smooth narration, vivid character depictions, and beautiful singing voice, Jackson enhances a plot that youngsters may find slow paced and a little morbid. He brings out the sorrowful emotions of the history of slavery as well as the deep spirituality and pride of the characters, along with their hope and joy as times begin to change for the better." - AudioFile Magazine

    Released Thu Jan 09 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Clotel

    By William Wells Brown

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The harrowing fictional account of slave fathered by President Thomas Jefferson.

    "JD Jackson's narration is unwavering and profoundly impactful...Jackson presents Clotel in a manner that grips the listener." - AudioFile Magazine

    Released Tue Jan 28 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • A Nation's Hope

    By Matt de la Peña

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    Starred Review. “Sometimes a boxing match is just that…but sometimes it is so much more.” - Booklist

    Starred review. "Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis's struggle to the top." - Publishers Weekly

    Released Tue Jun 17 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Under the Freedom Tree

    By Susan VanHecke

    Illustrated by London Ladd

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War.

    Three stars. "...this engaging slice-of-history is recommended." - Video Librarian

    Released Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • A Nation's Hope

    By Matt de la Peña

    Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    A 2015 ALA-ALSC Notable Video!

    3 1/2 stars. "...this fine tribute is highly recommended." - Video Librarian

    Released Tue May 13 00:00:00 UTC 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Freedom in Congo Square

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Six more days to Congo Square.

    "...Unique in its subject and artistic expression, this beautiful book belongs in most collections." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • Freedom in Congo Square

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Six more days to Congo Square.

    "Transcendent and inspiring, the program communicates an important facet of African American culture with panache and is a perfect pairing with the award-winning book. Ideal for school and public library settings." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • Saving Talk Therapy

    By Dr. Enrico Gnaulati

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care

    A hard-hitting critique of how managed care and quick-fix therapies have undermined psychotherapy

    Released Tue Jan 09 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

    By Roxane Orgill

    Illustrated by Francis Vallejo

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Jason Linere White , Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin

    What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can for a photo in 1950s Harlem?

    "...alive with the presence and skill of the musicians...Beyond being a glorious tribute to these jazz greats...[this] is also a phenomenal debut for Vallejo, whose dynamic acrylic and pastel images bring readers into the heart of the action of a day like no other." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    Released Tue May 23 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged

  • A Few Red Drops

    By Claire Hartfield

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

    A compelling look at a crisis in the history of race relations that is echoed in today's headlines

    "JD Jackson begins this historical audiobook about the 1919 race riot in Chicago in calm, measured tones. The text then provides backstory about how the people involved in the riots found themselves there. The story is both historically important and relevant today." - Audiofile

    Released Tue Jan 02 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • An African American And Latinx History

    By Paul Ortiz

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    An African American and Latinx History of the United States

    An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights

    "Starred Review. A concise, alternate history of the United States…" - Kirkus Reviews

    Released Tue Jan 30 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Race Matters, 25th Anniversary Ed.

    By Cornel West

    Read by J.D. Jackson and Cornel West

    With a New Introduction

    The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the groundbreaking classic-with a new introduction

    "[A] compelling blend of philosophy, sociology and political commentary…" - New York Times

    Released Tue Jul 31 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Redemption

    By Joseph Rosenbloom

    Read by J.D. Jackson

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours

    An intimate look at the last fateful hours of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.

    "A skillful depiction of the people and the scenes surrounding the killing of the champion of the civil rights movement." - Kirkus Reviews

    Released Tue Mar 27 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged