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Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true.
©1978 Elizabeth Yates McGreal; (P)2008 Penguin

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Excellent book

My son and I listened to this book together. It is a rich story filled with integrity, honor, and perseverance. I am so thankful for rich books like this that encourage strong character traits. Excellent book!

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  • SANDPOINT, ID, US
  • 05-02-17

Amos Fortune: Free Man...what an incredible story

This was an amazing story to listen to. It was part of our homeschool curriculum, and was a very moving and emotional story. There are many today who should take heed to the character of Amos Fortune...he was an excellent example to all human beings! This story was wonderful written, wonderfully performed, truly wonderful!

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Inspirational

Beautifully narrated.... Touching and thought provoking story for adults as well as children. American History teachers should incorporate this into their curriculum.

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  • 08-11-17

Short..yet Longer Lasting Truths than Most

Amazing, powerful story of injustices inflicted, yet mercies extended to 1 man. Tastefully written: tender hearts of youth aren't affected by trauma. True story written so well it satisfed my taste a work interesting enough to sound fictional. Doesn't gloss over pain while acknowledging many injustices I'd not considered..until this moving story. I'm aware of horrible treatment to slaves. Yet, not this audio isn't normal "slavery account". Hate burns white hot in "Amos" as he's later named..until he's bought by a Quaker, lovongly treated as part of the family. Sadly, his already written, pre-arranged pardon falls through. Amos, who learned mercy from this family, now extends mercy to them. His heart so full of hate, has been changed & continues changing. This influence countless lives. Well worth the time listening! The money, or credit, is worth double for this audio. I feel I, perhaps you as well, will find ourselves listening to this treasure many times! Rating this audio can't be rated high enough! Enjoy, be inspired, touched deeply & affected..until you long to have a spirit & heart of mercy as Amos Fortune.

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Captivating

What did you love best about Amos Fortune, Free Man?

My kids and I listened started reading the book for my daughters co-op assignment. We went out of town and forgot the book so we purchased it on audible. It was honestly awesome! We loved listening to it in the car, I was able to pause it and immediately ask questions/discuss and really dig deeper into the meaning of the story- in fact we just purchased the next story she need to read for her co-op as well.

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Excellently written, excellently read!

This is an amazing take on a despicable age in American history. In many respects it's a terrible story, yet it's told in a way that engages and enlightens the reader/listener about the humility and grace that can be called upon to rise above one's circumstances. Beautifully written and beautifully read!

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Free Man

This was a great story of freedom. The narrator matched the story with her gentle voice. The kindness of Amos Fortune is inspiring. Recommended reading for everyone.

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Hang on well I try to stop crying

I love this book for million reasons and it will be in my head for awhile. Just read it. Especially read it if you are someone who claims to not know your history or if you need inspiration to be a better person or if you are white.

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Where's the action?

I was exited at the beginning when, well, I won't spoil it, but after that, I soon realized: IT WAS NOTHING BUT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!
Everything was flat and boring, I slept halfway through it. The only reason I finished it was because I was hoping for at least some action, but no, it was just going through the life of the character, and that is why I gave such low rating...๐Ÿ˜ก

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