I really enjoyed the book and the narrator was excellent. In total, there were 3 parts but it did not feel like this took 18 hours. Time flies when you are having fun I guess.
This was an absolutely amazing story. I completely understand why it made Oprah's list. The narrator Adenrele Ojo made each character come to life, took me from one land to another, evoked emotion and helped me cross decades. Hill & Ojo made a great connection in this book.
What a fantastic book. The narrator's voice gave me the flavor of the African continent. The story was moving and very difficult to take to heart. It's hard to believe that one race could think it had the right to treat another race so inhumanely. It was extremely disturbing at times to read. The characters were well developed and so easy to relate to . What an undaunting strength Mina the main character possessed. Great read.
I enjoyed the semi-historical content of this book but to me seemed at times to be out of chronological dating.
This book made me sad, happy, proud, hopeful and aware of how strong "roots" can be and how at times they may keep you going.
Thought that this book would be a good companion read to BROTHER FISH by Bryce Courtenay.
Did you know that Lawrence Hill, the author of The book of negros, otherwise known as Someone knows my name, is Canadian? I to am Canadian and have wanted to listen to this book for years. Due to some contractual agreements made somewhere, the audiobook is not available in Canada. Only recently I traveled to Europe and thought to purchase the book and download it while still abroad. I'm glad I did, it's a great book and wonderful performance, well worth the trip to Europe that it took to get it.
This book is a descriptive account of a difficult period in history. The story is long but well worth the time it takes to finish. I preferred the book over the film/movie version. The book provides more in depth insight to the main character's thoughts, actions & desires. The book was DEFINITELY worth the credit spent to access it!
It is at the top of the list.
Aminata Diallo - She was not just a survivor, she was intelligent, vulnerable, and graceful.
No. However, I will be.
I would not, nor I could not come up with a more fitting name.
As a black woman, I had great trepidation in reading this book. Even at my age, and to a degree, somewhat removed from the injustices (and/or repercussions) of slavery, I feel the pain of my parents and ancestors. I still see the damage my parents have endured to make their parents, who have passed on, proud. Their stories (and those as old as my great grandmother, who was born in 1889 and died in 1992) are still vivid in my mind. It sometimes torture my thoughts, knowing what they all endured. As a result of that pain, I attempted to take a more apathetic stance, living my life, and just "staying in the moment"....until now.Bravo Lawrence Hill! You awakened the spirit of the ancestors within me. Although Aminata's life is fictional, the historical accounts were, without question, an accurate (more than likely tame interpretation) of a slave's life, by comparison to an autobiographical version, of someone of similar circumstances. Having said that, I could not put the book down. I had to finish it, as quickly as possible.There is no way to end the story without having a more enlightened view of humanity. I will no longer say "I don't want to know. I don't think I can handle it." Instead, I will constantly remember that no matter what, I will not allow the torture and injustices of my African, and African-American, forefathers' lives to be in vain.I owe it to myself, and my children, to insatiably learn more about my ancestors' past, so that I may more consciously and positively impact their future, as well as anyone else around me. I am foregoing ahead, to learn more and celebrate those who so bravely (absent of choice) paved the road before me.Please read the book. Push through some of the uncomfortable, yet poignantly described details. I am the better for having done so myself.
I hated it to end!
I wanted it to continue, but
A beautiful ending!
So well written I could "see" it as it happened!