Twelve Years a Slave


Read by Rob Board

(4.7 stars; 291 reviews)

Twelve Years a Slave is the memoir of a freeborn African American from New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. After being held for twelve years on a Louisiana plantation, he is eventually freed and reunited with his family. (Summary by RobBoard) (8 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Chapter I 16:27 Read by Rob Board
Chapter II 17:59 Read by Rob Board
Chapter III 22:41 Read by Rob Board
Chapter IV 16:53 Read by Rob Board
Chapter V 20:19 Read by Rob Board
Chapter VI 17:27 Read by Rob Board
Chapter VII 23:59 Read by Rob Board
Chapter VIII 18:37 Read by Rob Board
Chapter IX 19:46 Read by Rob Board
Chapter X 23:06 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XI 24:08 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XII 21:31 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XIII 23:50 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XIV 25:49 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XV 22:23 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XVI 19:41 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XVII 20:12 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XVIII 18:19 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XIX 23:11 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XX 13:52 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XXI 30:59 Read by Rob Board
Chapter XXII 18:34 Read by Rob Board
Appendix 25:00 Read by Rob Board

Reviews

Invaluable

(5 stars)

Truly this man is a literary genius. The depth and detail, heart and passion the author puts in the book is astounding! Such a vivid account, and at the conclusion you cant help but love and respect the author. Narrator does a great job on the book, but I would have preferred to hear a black man narration of this piece. it doesn't take away from the power of this book though.

great book and strong theme

(4.5 stars)

I wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I enjoyed it very much, however I was slightly disappointed at the reader's accent. I feel a neutral accent or a soft east coast accent would have been more appropriate. as I continued the story,the reader's accent became less of an issue for he had a clear and pleasing voice.

(5 stars)

A great book that draws it's listener into a terrible time and place and creates a strong investment in it's listeners in the personalities and pains of its characters. Though not difficult to follow, I personally find myself already feeling like I could listen to it all over again. The reader did a good job and made good recordings, they were also clear with pronunciation.

just like the movie

(4 stars)

i have watched 3 versions of him life in movie/tv form and now read the book. they all sync up pretty good, so if you saw the movie then no new information really comes from the book. i have read MANY slave autobiographies and his is not the most fascinating or horrific. but still important to read because of the information about kidnapping in slavery and that there was almost no hope for someone in that situation. the reader does have an accent that just does not fit with a NewYork US black mans story, so its is kind of funny - but you get use to it. IT YOU REALLY WANT INTERESTING, RESEARCH THE EVENTS NORTHUP'S DEATH/DISAPPEARANCE. did he become a vagabond and leave his wife and family after returning to them? did he get kidnapped again and sold as a slave? or did someone seek vengeance on his life after his story was told? hmmm interesting.

A great reader.

(5 stars)

Beautiful reading; thanks so much. I cried several times. It's so cruel to think a real person suffered this kidnapping and slavery! Solomon Northup's observations of the brutes with bad masters, and his inclusion of the two kind slaveowners, gave this book such fairness and depth. Mr. S. Northup's true decency is woven throughout this book. Thank God Solomon Northup was ultimately delivered, and was able to produce this important document, especially valuable in these troubled times.

Good Book, Great Narration

(4 stars)

The book itself, as with other slave memoirs/narratives is quite emotionally gripping. The reader at times will find passages difficult to read. Perhaps it is precisely those difficult passages we should read the most carefully and thoroughly. Slavery is an ugly, inhuman institution, the likes of which few parallels can be found. I am compelled to believe in the integrity and credibility of Northups' narrative not only because of his stated effort toward accuracy but because the ugly and heinous acts he recounts are multiplied across other narratives by slaves of a similar time period in similar regions. NARRATION: The narrator on this librivox recording was professional-grade. It isn't always easy finding a high quality audio book in the public domain because...let's face it - there is a reason some people are paid to do it and others never will be (myself included!). But this narrator did a fantastic job throughout the book and is deserving of commensurate praise for his efforts.

(4 stars)

I was prompted to go lookng for a version of this book having seen the film and recalled the Librivox project - that was prior to my smartphone days! The book offers so much more than the film but that might be a given. I did enjoy the great reader of this book, so thanks to him for such good work in this project.

Great great book

(5 stars)

This was my first Librivox recording. 12 Years was a great book. I was at first disappointed in the narrator's British accent. But once i became deeply invested in the book i t didn't bother me. I think this book was a true account of Mr Northop life. I enjoyed the detail at which he explained his life and also the processes of the slave business. I cant wait to also see the movie!