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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Audiobook

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Publisher's Summary

Published in 1861, Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an autobiographical account of the author's experiences as a slave in 19th-century North Carolina, from her relatively happy childhood to the brutality she experienced as a teenager and young woman to her eventual escape to the North. One of the few slave narratives written by a woman, Jacobs's work deals frankly with the horrors of slavery, shedding light on the abuses female slaves in particular often endured at the hands of their masters. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a gripping, unflinchingly honest account of slavery, one that stands as an important counterpoint to male slave narratives by such authors as Frederick Douglass.

Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

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  • ben
    Coquitlam, BC, Canada
    9/11/11
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    "WELL WORTH YOUR CREDIT!"

    I enjoyed this book. I learned quite alot of this time that I did not know. Being Canadian, this was not a subject that was ever taught in our schools.( Perhaps that has changed now, I dont know. ) This was a time in history that was more horrific than I even thought. And yet ,throughout this story, there was a constant thread of love and hope. There is quite a lot of focus on the relationship between Harriet and her grandmother. This relationship was simply amazing in it's power and strength. I came away from this book better for having listened to it, on so many levels.
    What an amazing woman Harriet was, as was her family. Very highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    4/11/11
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    "A joy!"

    Lisa Reneé Pitts' voice is so sweet, and the writing so lush, this story became what I looked forward to most about getting home! As someone with hardly one cultural tie to speak of with African American history I found this a real education, and as such an impassioned first hand account, made it incredibly relatable. Would absolutely recommend!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • ann coleman
    LEWISVILLE, TX, US
    6/02/12
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    "Great Book!!!"

    What can say...this was a well written book, I highly enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I loved the main character she was amazing!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
    2/12/16
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    "The price of freedom"

    This is a required reading for my history class, I didn't really want to read it because of the horrible treatment & cruelty of slaves is hard to hear, let alone imagine or to fathom. But this is a part of the deranged history of America that many would insist on ignoring or acting as if it was a folktale, just a sad story passed on with no truth.
    I enjoyed the book, the narrator did a awesome job, her speech was very fluent all the way through. This is a very informative book & a disheartening recall of the life that Linda lived. I am glad that she finally obtained her & her children's freedom but the sadistic harshness she & her family went through to get it is grieving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/10/16
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    "Opened my eyes to the slave life"

    I am an African-American freshman college student, and was raised in a predominately permissive household, with most of my friends being rich or middle class white kids. I had grown a xenocentric aspect on their lifestyles, and although i knew about black oppression, i had never fully known about it. This book changed my life, and for the first time ever, i felt as much pain and suffering as any reader could towards a novel like this. I applaud Harriet Jacobs meticulous way of describing the life as a slave, and the feeling of being caged and trapped from your loved ones is something we can all relate too. I hope every single black individual, whether they be a child or an elder, gives this book a glance at, if not just for a second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • reggie
    27/02/16
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    "A must read for all Americans"

    A beautifully and elegantly written novel--a story of courage and redemption. This should be required reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mathew green
    19/01/16
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    "Reads Like Fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl the most enjoyable?

    This was a great book. Very insightful into the life of someone who is a Slave. This book reads so well and smoothly you almost forget it is non fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Fleming
    Louisville, KY, USA
    12/04/15
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    "First person narrative"

    First person can be a slow read . . . It picked up near the end. Overall, an enlightening story, just not a scintillating one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States
    20/02/15
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    "I did not enjoy this book"
    Has Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I enjoy pre-civil war books. However the way in which this story was told made it less enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle tarpley
    24/01/15
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    "Really Wanted to Like It"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was just boring. There was some interesting historical info presented but I really couldn't wait for it to be over.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Obsidion
    uk
    18/02/16
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    "excellent rrad"

    A valuable insight into the life of one slave and her children trying to achieve freedom from the South

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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