• Twelve Years a Slave (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: J D Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Born into “the blessings of liberty in a free State,” Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Bayou Boeuf region of Louisiana’s Red River Valley. Twelve Years a Slave is the chronicle of his captivity at the mercy of sadistic plantation owner Edwin Epps, who tested Northup’s tenacity and self-control under the most brutal conditions. Until fate brought a Canadian abolitionist to Epps’s farm, Northup thought he would never draw another free breath.

To this day Northup’s harrowing memoir is recognized as the most reliable, accurate eyewitness account of the daily lives of slaves. As a significant historical reference, it is unsurpassed. As an authentic narrative of a man starved of his freedom, it is unforgettable.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world.

Revised edition: Previously published as Twelve Years a Slave, this edition of Twelve Years a Slave (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Superb on all counts

What a magnificent pairing of story and reader! This was my first reading of “Twelve Years a Slave” and what fortune to have come upon this production. I seriously cannot imagine a richer, more heartfelt or sonorous narration. This production was superb on all counts.

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Life Read

An Important Book to Read in One's Life to understand a piece of the life and struggle

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Excellent!

Eye opening regarding slavery. Held my attention to the end. I highly recommend this book!

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Wow! Just Wow!!

I absolutely loved this book. I saw the movie but of course the books are always better.

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love

It was a great story! I would recommend it for people to read! I am glad he was able to see his family again.

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Twelve years a slave

Made the point of how horrible slavery was, excellent for a high school cla
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must read for everone

1st hand account life and times of slave in the south eye opening gut wrenching well written good storyline that was engaging the whole way through. I see why it's a classic walk away with a intiment knowledge of what life was like. makes my problems seem so insignificant

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wow!

If this book doesn't bring tears to your eyes and touch your heart, there probably isn't much that will. sooner of it got very close to home.

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True story of a free black man sold into slavery!

True story of a free black man sold into slavery! Never would have believed it could and WAS done!!!

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Powerful

Powerful history that every American should hear. Very well written. I enjoyed listening to it.