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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."
    "Choppy narration"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Solomon Northup and/or William Butler?

    Definitely the author, but not the narrator...I hate to share this opinion but did the narrator ever see the material before the recording? I chose the narrator hoping to feel the senses of a wounded soul who was subject to such injustice. Instead I found myself being so distracted by the improper placement of periods and commas, and even mispronunciation of some words, it took a lot of pleasure out of the listening. I listened for a while and quit, then tried again, and quit, and finally wanted to hear the story so I listened. It's as if the reader never saw the material before...while I never want to insult someone who agrees to do this for an author, did no one listen to this before releasing it? Impossible to not be distracted from the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uh....the man who came who eventually orchestrated the connections for freedom.


    How could the performance have been better?

    different narrator


    What character would you cut from Twelve Years a Slave?

    None that occurs to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear it again by a different narrator.

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