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  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (908)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "Lou Gossett brings a slave back to life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Twelve Years a Slave to be better than the print version?

    I had read this powerful book years ago and was surprised how its impact was even more stunning. Gossett's telling offered no escape from my own deep feelings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Solomon speaks the truth of slavery in unflinching detail, yet is deeply philosophical and introspective, so listeners take a growth-ful journey with him.


    What does Louis Gossett, Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gossett's seems to live out Solomon's repressed anger, forthright rage, despair, and also delivers witty retorts, contentment and joy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some scenes were hard to take (beatings, children torn from mothers) and I reacted with deep sorrow. I was grateful for Solomon's wonderful wit and his willingness to find value in all his work.


    Any additional comments?

    Any listener can learn a lot from Solomon Northup, a keen observer of both nature and human nature who has the intelligence, and the will, to make his experience meaningful to himself and others.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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