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V. V. Wright

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  • Twelve Years a Slave: Includes Interviews of Former Slaves and Illustrations

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By William Butler
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Twelve Years a Slave tells the amazing story of a free Black man who in 1841 is taken away from his family and sold into slavery in the deep south of the United States. Solomon Northop takes us with him on his most unfortunate Journey through the days of slavery. A journey no human being should ever endure. We feel his pain as he wakes up with his arms and legs bound in the chains of slavery. Will he ever get to see his wife or hold his children in his arms again?

    Shari says: "Disappointed by this reader."
    "Should have picked another narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, The story is available in several different versions. I would suggest to a friend that they pick another narrator. The story was great. So, I would absolutely suggest the book itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Solomon, the author. I really loved that his main objective was to give the reader an insiders view of slavery. Hollywood tends to glamorize slavery and blunt the horrors of the institution, but Solomon's honest account makes it clear that it was not so.


    What didn’t you like about William Butler’s performance?

    I liked his voice and it would have been so much more enjoyable if he didn't mispronounce so many words. Solomon was a very educated man and went through so much to be able to put this book in the annals of history. It is a justice to him to pronounce the words as he intended and to read his work without pausing because you have no idea what the next word is. There are too many long pauses (obvious confusion). The editor was no help to this reader. A good editor should have caught all of this. Are there editors for audio versions of books? Also, there is a pivotal part in the end that was cut out completely! I had to buy the book so that I could read it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None more than any other. The book captivated me from start to finish. I'm so glad I've read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Only to suggest that everyone should buy the book, but there are several different versions out there, so pick a different reader.

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