Twelve Years a Slave

LibriVox reading of Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir
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LibriVox recording of Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup.
Read by Rob Marland.

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 series of Louisiana plantations, he is eventually freed and reunited with his family. Solomon Northup published his memoir the year he was rescued, 1853, and, arriving soon after Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin", it proved a bestseller. It is notable not only for its lucid description of plantation life, with detailed passages on the methods by which cotton and sugarcane were harvested and processed, and how slaves were fed, housed and punished, but also for the author's evenhanded treatment of his subject: although he denounces slavery as an institution, Northup expresses his gratitude to the masters who treated him with gentleness and generosity, and shows a surprising ability to forgive even the most unimaginable cruelties.(Summary by Rob Marland)

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M4B audio book (224mb)

  1. Chapter 1 (15.1Mb)
  2. Chapter 2 (16.6Mb)
  3. Chapter 3 (20.9Mb)
  4. Chapter 4 (15.6Mb)
  5. Chapter 5 (18.7Mb)
  6. Chapter 6 (16.1Mb)
  7. Chapter 7 (22Mb)
  8. Chapter 8 (17.1Mb)
  9. Chapter 9 (18.2Mb)
  10. Chapter 10 (21.2Mb)
  11. Chapter 11 (22.2Mb)
  12. Chapter 12 (19.8Mb)
  13. Chapter 13 (21.9Mb)
  14. Chapter 14 (23.7Mb)
  15. Chapter 15 (20.6Mb)
  16. Chapter 16 (18.1Mb)
  17. Chapter 17 (18.6Mb)
  18. Chapter 18 (16.9Mb)
  19. Chapter 19 (21.3Mb)
  20. Chapter 20 (12.8Mb)
  21. Chapter 21 (28.5Mb)
  22. Chapter 22 (17.1Mb)
  23. Appendix (23Mb)

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