In the top 3.
Platt's flight through the swamp.
The tearing away of little Emily from her mother.
During a Bogo sale this book piqued my interest. Then I discovered I live only 34 miles from the location of Northup's slavery! I was born in Alexandria,La. and have lived here nearly all of my life. I am familiar with the locations of all the places mentioned in the book. It's stunning to realize that the events in this book are so close geographically, and culturally to me. Even if this book weren't true, (and it is), it is still gripping and deeply moving. It made me to considering more the suffering of African Americans and the reasons why the Deep South culture is what it is today. Nevertheless, neither resentment nor prejudice comes from the pen of Northup, but only thankfulness and honesty.
A first hand account of life as it was in that time in history. The untiring voice of Louis Gossett Jr. brings to life the words of the author.
Mr. Northup was careful to remind his readers that he was writing only from his own experiences and not from what he had heard from others. He was an impressive gentleman.
Mr. Gossett did a wonderful job in his narration. He made you believe that it was actually Mr. Northup telling the story.
I absolutely would listen to this story again. The narrative was remarkable. Louis Gossett at his finest.
The recounting of a free-man being stolen away into captivity. It's just riveting. Everyone can imagine the emotions that must have flowed.
My favorite scene is when the family is reunited.
Yes. Louis Gossett, Jr provides an excellent speaking voice in this audio book. His voice keeps the listener wanting to hear what will happen next in the narrative.
Of course, Solomon. He was the focal point in the story and his plight was meant to be heard.
Yes, but because of human obligations, I was forced to listen in multiple sitting, which proved to be very entertaining.
The story is phenomenal. I read along in the book just to be sure I did miss anything.
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
Like most book lovers I NEVER, EVER see the movie before reading the book. NEVER! Until now.
A week before I started reading this book I went to see the movie with the ladies from my book club. This book was selected as our November book of the month. The theme of the month was "Book to Movie", so of course we had to see the movie together.
FYI, this is not going to be a review about the movie at all.
The story of Solomon Northup starts out giving the reader a sense of the life he lead as a born-free African American living in the North with a wife and three children. Solomon was a musician and very well respected in his community by Whites and Blacks alike. After accepting a temporary job to play with a traveling "circus" Solomon is mislead and drugged by his employers in captivity. This is were the book gets...sad...upsetting...frustrating...speechless!
Solomon gives the readers an overview of his twelve long agonizing years as a plantation worker who's life and family mean nothing at all to his overseers and Masters. Solomon unlike many of his fellow slaves could read and write and if anyone knew it, would mean his death.
Could you image? First being kidnapped then having your name changed? Sold into slavery with all of its brutality, hunger, and misery? Despite all of that Solomon keep a small glimmer of hope throughout it all.
At times I had to remind myself this is non-fiction. This is the real deal 100%.
I loved his writing style and the way the author described his environment. But there were a few places where I felt the descriptive writing was not needed. But overall it was a eye-opening read.
I feel this book should be a must read for ALL American High School students at the junior and senior level. This a must read for everyone.
Audiobook: 7 hours and 51 minutes
Narrator: Louis Gossett
Again, I have found myself reading and listening to a book to help me get through it faster. I have to say, I found myself listening more than reading on this one. The audiobook is narrated by Louis Gossett Jr. a wonderful actor and now a great narrator. He did a marvelous job. The book is written in a more formal English and as I was listening to his voice read, he made it seem like poetry at times.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, I would recommend this book -- but, depending on the person. It really is a very bothersome story and the severe cruelty is detailed throughout the book. The black cloud cast by it lingered for sometime after I finished. The same was true for the movie. I was glad I read the audiobook and watched the movie, but am not sure I could ever do either again. It brought a lot of history to light. Although I knew of the war, of course, it provided me additional layers of knowledge for which I have an appreciation. There were times that I held my breath; out loud said, "Oh, noooo!"; and shook my head. The story grabbed me. I was completely absorbed.
Solomon, but all of the characters were very well defined.
I haven't listened to other Gosset's performances, but would not hesitate to do so. He is excellent.
A film has already been made, released in December 2013.
Yes - definitely. Great combination of a historical account and a compelling story.
Several parts stick out for me. One of my favorite parts is the account of his kidnapping and imprisonment. The story drew me in and took me on the journey from surprise, through acceptance and all the other emotions that he experienced.
I lost myself in his performance. I had the opportunity to listen on a long road trip that seemed to end too soon.
First is that such an incredible story is true and autobiographical. Yes, it is tragic, but the author intermingled the sweet with the bitter, so that the sweet became "comic relief" to the bitter and gave hope, although for some of Solomon Northrup's fellow kidnapping victims, hope came in relief after a too short life. His talent with the violin was part of that relief on the light side. The versatility and cleverness of Solomon, but also his refusal to suffer extraordinary abuse, along with his resourcefulness, added continuous interest to his story. The story is so well told and read...I often "rewound" and would re-listen to parts. I can hardly wait to see the 4-star movie version.
Possibly The Island Beneath the Sea, but that one is a number of individual stories along with one of the masses and is fiction.
Of course Solomon.
A slave beyond slavery...
Listen to it, if you haven't! I read about what is supposably happened to him after he was freed. His talents continued with his doing public speaking and he bought a property, but he became reckless and ambitious, and lost his property and wealth. It is conjectured that he may have gone in quest of the gold in the gold rush to the west. He was obviously never the same man as before being kidnapped.
The whole thing was great. I'm so happy he lived to tell his story.
There were parts that made me teary.