Official Movie Tie-in Audiobook for the Academy Award's Best Picture and Golden Globe's Best Drama winner.New York Times and USA Today Bestseller.
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 twelve 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. It validated Harriett Beecher Stowe’s fictional account of Southern slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which had become the best-selling American book in history a few years earlier and significantly changed public opinion in favor of abolition. Experience our official movie tie-in audiobook for the award-winning motion picture, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o. This audio edition with an accompanying custom map is based on the research of Dr. Sue Eakin, the nationally recognized authority on Solomon Northup who spent a lifetime authenticating his story.
Hard working Solomon Northup, an educated free man of color in 1841, enjoys family life with his wife and three children in Saratoga, New York. He delights his community with his fiddle playing and antic spirit, and has positive expectations of all he meets. When he is deceived by “circus promoters” to accompany them to a musical gig in the nation’s capital, his joyful life takes an unimaginable turn. He awakens in shackles to find he has been drugged, kidnapped and bound for the slave block in D.C.
After Solomon is shipped 1,000 miles to New Orleans, he is assigned his slave name and quickly learns that the mere utterance of his true origin or rights as a freeman are certain to bring severe punishment or death. While he endures the brutal life of a slave in Louisiana’s isolated Bayou Boeuf plantation country, he must learn how to play the system and plot his escape home.
For 12 years, his fine mind captures the reality of slavery in stunning detail, as we learn about the characters that populate plantation society and the intrigues of the bayou – from the collapse of a slave rebellion resulting in mass hangings due to traitorous slave Lew Cheney, to the tragic abuse of his friend Patsey because of Mrs. Epps’ jealousy of her husband’s sexual exploitation of his pretty young slave.
When Solomon finally finds a sympathizing friend who risks his life to secret a letter to the North, a courageous rescue attempt ensues that could either compound Solomon’s suffering, or get him back to the arms of his family.
AUTHENTICATION: Northup’s harrowing first-hand account was authenticated from decades of research by Dr. Sue Eakin, who rediscovered the original narrative as a 12-year old in 1931 and made it her life’s work.
For additional audio clips, background info and images, see our website at www.12YearsASlaveBook.com.
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“...Gossett infuses the words with a quiet, seething power." (AudioFile, 2013)
“I can never read his account of his days in slavery, of his independence of spirit, of his determination to be free…without believing that it would make a difference in today's world if our contemporaries knew of such a man as Solomon Northup." (Dr. John Hope Franklin, past president of the American Historical Association, best-selling author, recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom, nation's highest civilian honor)
"[T]he extraordinary narrative of Solomon Northup is the most remarkable book that was ever issued from the American press." (Detroit Tribune, original 1853 review)
"Its truth is far greater than fiction." (Frederick Douglass, famous writer, former slave and abolitionist)
"It will be read extensively, both at the North and the South." (New York Tribune, 1853, published by Horace Greeley)
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I really looked forward to listening to this story, but for some reason didn't become as invested as I thought I would be. While the history lesson is outstanding, I wasn't as inspired as I expected to be.
In this biography it was stunning to find out the roll of religion in accepting slavery as well as the use of Biblical passages to promote abusive treatment of these men, women and children. I am aghast that slavery was the only life option for a black person in the South and their fate was tied to the whims of their "masters". Very powerful firsthand account of being a slave in America in the mid 1800's.
I would rate this audio version 8 out of 10. The story is quite incredible-I had seen the movie so knew what to expect but felt the narrator (Loius Gossett Jnr.) was perhaps a little off in the retelling of it-my personal opinion as it took me a while to get into it.
A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.
Yes, but I don't think I would want to watch the movie.
The treatment of the slaves were horrible. It was deplorable the conditions that people were made to live in.
The main character, Solomon Northup
When Solomon refused to obey his master to whip the girl more, it could have cost him a whipping himself.
This is a story of a man who was a freeman who was kidnapped and forced into slavery. It is a very sad story, but it has a good ending because some one has the compassion to help him regain his freedom. It is a good book to read or listen too, but I think a movie would be too graphic for most.
my heart broke as i listened to the account. the story grabbed me by the heart and would not let go.
Best story and voice match
The period style writing spoken
Brought forth period images
Which one? Ther were many!
Louis Gossett Jr. does a great job of bringing this story to life. I bought the Kindle version as well which has footnotes that explain many details. But I found the Audible version so compelling that I had to hear it all first. If you enjoyed the movie, I guarantee that you'll love this even more. It's both horrifying and inspiring.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
I heard this book was a movie, so as usual, I like to read/listen to the book before I see the movie. I enjoyed this book as it was well written and had a story that left me in awe. It brings us back to a time in history that I still cannot believe happened; when humans enslaved others in the U.S. This book does a good job of sharing the author's trials and tribulations and we see the depth of character of this man. The reader does a great job of capturing the voices and making me believe I was really hearing them. I believe this book is something that everyone should experience. You will be spending your audible credit well with this selection!
If you enjoy the monologue of Ref from Shawshank Redemption, you will also enjoy this monologue and the description of accounts of this life journey!
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