Twelve Years a Slave is the harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for 12 years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom. This extraordinary text is the basis for the major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.
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The story is gripping. The narrator brings it to life.
Marvelous voice for the main character
Absolutely not. In addition to the disastrous narration, the printed versions have supplemental materials that greatly enhance the work.
Condensing an enormous problem into a personal story.
The narration could have drawn the reader into the story and scenes therein, rather than making the reader feel as if he/she were a member of an audience or congregation listening to a speech or sermon being delivered.
Start to finish, to tell you the truth.
Pick up the book, and enjoy it 10x as much.
Words that did not require a dictionary or not having to wait until the whole sentence or paragraph was read to know exactly what the author was talking about.
Did not finish the book
Did not finish the book.
"Everyone should read or listen to this."
The truth and honesty that was not always pleasant to hear.
The way in which people can survive in the most inhumane situations and still have faith and show kindness to on another.
Solomon northup because he was a genuine kind person whom survived and done the best he could always.
I haven't listened to any other performances by Richard Allen and if completely honest it took me a couple of chapters to relate to his voice but once I heard more I could imagine completely that it was how Solomon spoke and by the end of the audio I loved his voice. I would be happy listening to him many more times.
All of the above. I felt so moved that it once was part of our society and cried many times at the cruelty people showed to others. I have always felt very strongly that slavery is and was disgusting and found the part about how the slaves were whipped for pleasure and they would also be so cruelly whipped for the slightest thing. The 10 year old boy whom would also command the slaves to be whipped as he saw that was what his father did. I cried but enjoyed the audio.
Everyone should take time to listen or read this as it it part of our history and I would hope that it inpacts readers in the way it should.
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