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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.

Public Domain (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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I couldn't get into this book no matter how many times I tried. I would not recommend it.

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fair



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

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So much better than I thought!!!

If you could sum up Twelve Years a Slave in three words, what would they be?

Anger - Sadness - Freedom

What did you like best about this story?

The book is done in a way that makes you understand, more than ever, the time in history that all this took place. Slavery is no more, thank GOD, its more about his strength, his resolution to get free, there are good people and bad people all over this world. Thank you for telling your story.

What about Tommie Earl Jenkins’s performance did you like?

The narrator was perfect!!! such

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most of it, it held my interest for sure.

Any additional comments?

A must read.

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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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  • Nicki John
  • 02-14-15

Utterly extraordinary!

What an incredible book! Heart rendering to hear the injustice of the era. Wonderfully read.

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  • Jan
  • 12-04-18

A Cry freedom indeed

I enjoyed this book as much as the film. Slavery is an abomination. Great narration.

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  • Eileen C.
  • 01-29-15

interesting book

it was an interesting read ... but droned on a little in the middle but overhaul a good read

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  • SZ
  • 05-18-22

A must listen.

an eloquently written account of terror and injustice. should be required reading in schools me thinks.

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  • Sketchy&Unformed
  • 10-28-21

Heartbreaking

It sounds strange to call it a beautiful book but there was such a gentleness in the way it was written and showed how he rose above the brutality he was subjected to and never let it change who he truly was. I really felt that I came to know Solomon. What an amazing man. So gentle, wise and compassionate. You need to listen to this book. It was so wonderfully narrated by Tommie.

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  • Pen Name
  • 06-05-21

Movie not nearly as graphic!

Gripping, tragic and wholly absorbing, Mr. Jenkins rendition brings this story to an even more humanizing level.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-21

Great Narrator

Everybody should read this book! I listened to it in two sittings, but only because time wouldn't allow for me to listen to it in one. The story is compelling and Tommie Earl Jenkins is absolutely fantastic as the narrator!

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  • Coz
  • 04-06-21

Such a sad story!

What a journey! What a man!

I enjoyed this story, although I found the narrator's voice a little boring after time.

Still, I would recommend the read!

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  • Anne
  • 11-26-20

You must read this

An excellent book. It gripped me throughout, and as a true story it penetrates the heart.

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  • dizzi
  • 12-06-19

such an amazing, eye opening story.

I found the story very touching, emotional and a great look into history.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in the historical ways of living.

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  • tom
  • 08-23-17

beautiful and upsetting

a first hand recounting it is eloquent and entertaining with insights into a period and life that i wouldn't have known before. very self gratifying the writer definitely thought pretty highly of themselves but insightful and in my opinion if it's biased in any way it would be that the writer was too kind to some of the people who played a part in his life story.