• Harriett Tubman

  • The Moses of Her People
  • By: Sarah H. Bradford
  • Narrated by: Jim Hodges
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Harriet Tubman was born a slave. She and her brothers, Ben and Henry, escaped from slavery on September 17, 1849. When her brothers later decided to return to slavery, she followed, but not for long for she soon escaped again. 

Once free, she brought refugees from slavery in Maryland to freedom in Canada. In the fall of 1851, Tubman returned for the first time since her escape to find her husband, John. She once declared, "I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to - liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as song as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me." 

She and uncounted others crossed the Suspension Bridge in Buffalo into Canada to set themselves free. Names and details about most freedom seekers remain unknown. Their safety lay in secrecy. Tubman personally let about 70 people to freedom.

Public Domain (P)2018 Jim Hodges

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Shame on the Narration

My favorite book to read. It would be my favorite to listen to but listening to an old white man audition as Aunt Jemima is literally painful, not to mention insulting. I swear Harriet is rolling in her grave, how distasteful!!! Call Angela Basset next time, pleaaase.

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CLOWNISH DISGUSTING AND BELITTLING

This is the Worst narration I have ever heard on Audible. Every time the narrator uses inflection in his voice he overreacts and comes off very condescending. This is a really important story in American history which deserves a more respectful representation. The black person voice interpretations are clownish,  disgusting, and belittling. Casually Using terms like African Savage, and poor creatures to describe black people speaks to the callus indifference of this entire work. I am thoroughly disappointed, this feels more like a black Forest Gump folk lore than a practical account of an American hero.

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what a horrible narration

I didn't even finish listening to this audiobook. As a African American, I felt it demeaning and clownish. what a awful performance. DO BETTER!!

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Great book!!! but bad choice for narrator

I read some reviews about it being read by a white man and I though "ah, it won't be too bad" well i was wrong. It was weird to hear a white dude trying to talk slang of that time. I loved the story and the accounts of Harriet Tubman but why have a white guy read it.

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wrong narrator

Agree with others

It is offensive to have an old white man telling the tale of a black woman with a southern slave accent. I couldn't make it through the story. Please redo with a more believable voice!!

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Voice is terrible

The person reading this is way too happily describing horrific treatment of people. Don’t read no

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Worst narration ever

This narrator has to be the worst I have ever heard. He is dull, condescending and belittling what should be a very important story. I couldn’t even finish it it was so horrible. I’m shocked that they would allow this narration for this story.

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I wouldn’t waste my time on this, and instead find another book about her

It is interesting to hear a first hand account of Harriet Tubman from someone who actually knew her. That is the only merit of this book. The rest is disorganized. The same details are retold again and again, and it jumps sporadically around the timeline without even specifying where it it has jumped to. I will be on the look out for a more cohesive and well told account of her life.
Worst of all is the narration. This is absolutely the wrong narrator, and it made it extremely painful to listen to. It’s genuinely ridiculous and laughable to think that this narrators’ version was even published.

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AWFUL NARRATION!!!

Difficult to listen to a white male refer to black children as “little darkies.” Could not finish audiobook…but familiar with the story which is excellent

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Great Book. Condescending Narration.

The book is a wonderful account of Ms. Tubman’s life. It’s full of many anecdotes and revealing insights into her heroic actions and life-saving psychic abilities. However, the narrator somehow decided to use an insulting, comical, childlike, simple voice to depict Harriet Tubman’s speaking voice. It was borderline racist! My jaw literally dropped in shock when I first heard it! I don’t know who thought that was a good idea, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a black person. I would like to reread this book without that annoying voice in my head!!

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  • 05-11-20

Hands down worst product ever

I found the narration for this story so unbearable that I put it down after half an hour. It almost sounds like its trying to be racist when impersonating the speech between characters. Dreadful

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  • Akilah
  • 01-01-22

oh my...

started this book and immediately felt the narration was derogatory and offensive. I had to go back to the title summary to check it wasn't a poor parody!

Now see from other reviews that it's not just me.
Audible, how was this felt to be the right choice of narrator for this book?
why are you still offering this in your library?

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  • Annette Jones
  • 05-04-22

Fascinating and wonderful

Fascinating and wonderful story of faith. Heartbreaking but a good insight into the lives of people forced into slavery.