Twelve Years a Slave

  • by Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by Tommie Earl Jenkins
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup: born a free black man in New York State, and sold into slavery after being tricked in 1841.
Unable to convince anyone he is not a slave, Solomon spent 12 years in bondage, before finally being set free.
Northup’s memoir, recounting details of the slave markets and the harsh life on plantations, was used in the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States.


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Had looked forward to reading this novel and I was disappointed. Took me a long time to finish.
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- J. Hirst

Important narrative, and not as gruesome as

This narrative is heart wrenching. The tones, at times, seems quite dispassionate. I do think the book could have been far more gruesome if he had told the stories with all the details, but I doubt the book could have been printed in its time, if he had. This personalizes the findings of the Supreme Court that a black man had no rights, in this case, even if free. Now that I've read the book, I can finally see the film.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks