• Harriet Tubman

  • By: Ann Petry
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-07-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (6 ratings)


When Harriet Tubman was born a plantation slave in 1820, her parents hoped she could learn a trade, so she wouldn't have to work in the fields. But because she defended a slave against an overseer, she became a field hand anyway. As she grew strong and learned to survive in the woods and find her way by the North Star, she dreamed of freedom. When she was almost 30, she finally made her escape, but her own freedom wasn't enough. Risking life and limb, she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad to help other slaves flee to safety. A symbol of strength and hope, this legendary "Moses" led over 300 of her people to freedom and a new life. Narrator Peter Francis James brings this powerful woman to life to inspire all of us with her compassion, bravery and moral integrity.
©1995 Ann Petry (P)1999 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Twinklyjan on 09-07-16

Fascinating story of a remarkable woman

I'm so glad I happened to be in the front seat of a taxi from Harlem to Central Park as it was the statue of Harriet Tubman that made her known to me. And now she's appearing on American bank notes, apparently. A truly courageous and selfless woman in a shameful period in human history.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Novlette on 01-12-15

Compelling and inspiring story

This is such an inspiring story and very well told. I was impressed with the way the great figure of Harriet Tubman was personalised and made more humane. Despite her own heartaches, always been there for others. Her tenacity and courage in the face of such overwhelming negative odds, she always manage to stay on course.
This book is written in an easy to read style, allowing the reader to feel the emotions, danger and adventures along with Harriet.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shakayla on 03-02-13

Love love loved this audiobook!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this book because Harriet has such an amazing story I think it should be shared with everyone!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harriet of course was my favorite character because she's such an compassionate brave woman who defied all odds to serve her purpose.

What does Peter Francis James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An in depth look into Harriet's life, feelings and emotions.

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

Yes! After I listened to it for the first time I started it all over again! For a total of 3 listens in 2 days!

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Byron on 19-06-12


Where does Harriet Tubman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For knowledge and information Harriet Tubman ranks in the top 10%.

What did you like best about this story?

It helped me view things from a different perspective. Being a white man I don't really consider race at all. I have friends and neighbors who are black but learning about slavery from the perspective of Harriet Tubman helps me empathize with her. I truly gained an affinity for this truly great woman who I believe was guided by God to do what she did.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was very interested to learn that she fell asleep without any apparent reason other than the injury she'd suffered. This must have been an incredibly dagerous experience and heightened the danger she was placed in.

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