Excruciatingly real depiction of the slave years!
The narration of characters' words was very authentic.
The dialect of an African American slave was so realistic!
The horrible conditions for the slaves on the boats as they sailed from Africa to the United States
I like all audio books better than print versions... they come alive w/the different voices that make the characters real.
The slave ships were horrendous.
The Narrator's tone, diction and prononciation.
The realization of the horible things that have been done to people as a result of something as silly as race, color or religion. Cut us we all bleed the same, we all feel the same, we are all equal. The arraganace of another race, culture or creed, that could think they are superior ills me. the fact that this same prosecution is still going on in different parts of the world than I live in Makes me sad that we haven't learned from our mistakes.
The performance was excellent. The narrator was believeable in his role of the characters. He put life to the story. I would find myself eager to listen to the book, even during times i don't usually listen.
I would be very surprised if you do not like everyting about the presentation of this story, albe be it at terrible scar on world history.
I loved the story. From the beginning in Africa, relating the responsibilities of the young ones as they grew up to be men. That gave me a great background and understanding of the intellect and maturity level that slaves had before they were taken. Then, on coming to America, it was horrifying to see them treated as little more than uneducated, small children. The whites could have learned so much from the slaves, it's sad. Cultures have so much to learn from each other, rather than others dismissing them because they're different.
When I found out it was the author's own family history!
I haven't listened to any other performances yet; but I really enjoyed this one.
Didn't cry, but definitely was moved and angered by the sadness of generations of families being enslaved and sold off from their families whenever it was deemed necessary by the plantation owner(s). Sad to not be with your family growing up.
I hate the thought of one person "owning" another!
I'm so glad slavery was done away with!
I watched this on television long ago, but didn't remember it. I think the book was better than the miniseries and will remember much about it for a long time.
I watched the TV series many many years ago and listening to the book brought back those images into my mind. Avery Brooks voice was very nice to listen to.
Even though I knew it was coming, I hated when Kunta was captured. The story made it very real
When Bell and Kunta were walking after he had told her that he needed to talk to her and he was too afraid to talk to her. So she took over the conversation. I was thinking... typical guy.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It took me a while because I don't get chances often and it is quite long, but I do highly recommend it.
Roots is a very good book once you get into the story - one of the best I've listened to in a long time. The story is a little slow in the beginning, but it picks up in dramatic fashion after the first section of the story has concluded. The last section of the book is a little slow as well - this is why I gave it a 9 out of 10 rating. I would definitely recommend this book.
I really enjoyed this book. It became a little slow as it got farther away from the main character but it reeled me back in as the last character went through all he did to find his roots. A must listen!
I remember watching the original broadcasts of the mini-series and was deeply moved by them. My children still remember us sitting down as a family some years later and watching the series when it came out on video. They too were deeply moved. I was very blessed to be raised in a family where racism was not a family value, and I've tried to raise my own children in the same fashion.
I enjoyed this reading of this American classic very much. Avery did such a great job and made the characters come even more alive than the breath breathed into them by Mr Haley. Avery had a broad command of the dialects and accents of the times and delivered a fine acting performance. Even though there are so many fine books and audio performances to listen to in a lifetime, I would definitely listen to this fine story again. Not tomorrow, but certainly again.
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This book it why I love to read/ listen. I couldn’t get enough of it and it was hard to put down. I remember when this TV mini series came out in the 70’s and how everyone was glued to the TV each night waiting to see what was going to happen next. The book is so much better then the mini series. Unlike the mini series they only touched on his African life the book goes in detail what his life was like prior to being captured. It is written and told so well it’s as if you’re standing right there with Kunta Kinta and feeling and going through what he is. The narrator was PERFECT and I can see why he won an award for the telling of this story. At the end of the book Alex Haley told what it took for him to get all this information which I found interesting considering it was at a time when there were no computers. This is such a memorable read and so worth your time and credit, you will not be sorry!