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Harriet Tubman | [Ann Petry]

Harriet Tubman

When Harriet Tubman was born a plantation slave in 1820, her parents hoped she could learn a trade, so she wouldn't have to work in the fields. But because she defended a slave against an overseer, she became a field hand anyway. As she grew strong and learned to survive in the woods and find her way by the North Star, she dreamed of freedom. When she was almost 30, she finally made her escape, but her own freedom wasn't enough.
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When Harriet Tubman was born a plantation slave in 1820, her parents hoped she could learn a trade, so she wouldn't have to work in the fields. But because she defended a slave against an overseer, she became a field hand anyway. As she grew strong and learned to survive in the woods and find her way by the North Star, she dreamed of freedom. When she was almost 30, she finally made her escape, but her own freedom wasn't enough. Risking life and limb, she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad to help other slaves flee to safety. A symbol of strength and hope, this legendary "Moses" led over 300 of her people to freedom and a new life.

Narrator Peter Francis James brings this powerful woman to life to inspire all of us with her compassion, bravery and moral integrity.

©1995 Ann Petry; (P)1999 Recorded Books

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    Elaine 02-08-13

    I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.

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    I have always heard about the "Underground Railroad" but never really took the time to understand it's history. This book is every good place to start. There should be a "Harriet Tubman" Day. She was as important to the freeing the slaves and the civil rights movement as Lincoln and Martin Luther King, I researched in hopes to find a movie about her. I could not find any. Harriet story would make a WONDERFUL movie. If done correctly it could walk away with all the Oscars. This is a must read book! The performance of the book was good, but as with most of the Audible books, I had tp change the speed to 1 1/2x from 1x

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    Shakayla Dade City, FL, United States 02-03-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book because Harriet has such an amazing story I think it should be shared with everyone!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harriet of course was my favorite character because she's such an compassionate brave woman who defied all odds to serve her purpose.


    What does Peter Francis James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An in depth look into Harriet's life, feelings and emotions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! After I listened to it for the first time I started it all over again! For a total of 3 listens in 2 days!


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    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 06-19-12
    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 06-19-12
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    Where does Harriet Tubman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For knowledge and information Harriet Tubman ranks in the top 10%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It helped me view things from a different perspective. Being a white man I don't really consider race at all. I have friends and neighbors who are black but learning about slavery from the perspective of Harriet Tubman helps me empathize with her. I truly gained an affinity for this truly great woman who I believe was guided by God to do what she did.


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

    I was very interested to learn that she fell asleep without any apparent reason other than the injury she'd suffered. This must have been an incredibly dagerous experience and heightened the danger she was placed in.


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    Richard 03-21-09
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    "History at it's best"

    The story of Harriet Tubman comes alive in this historical novel. You will experience live as a slave on a Maryland plantation and before you know it you are along for the ride on the infamous Underground Railroad.

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