wonderful story. powerful you will feel the history moving as the story unfolds. i been finding myself look on the google to see if i can find pic of the ppl in the book.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It made me cry, and understand more about the way things were in the days of slavery. Great book, even 30 years later, great classic! A must read for everyone!
Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.
Summing up a 30 hour book in 3 words: comprehensive, classic, epic.
Uncle Tom's Cabin. Same setting, but more background and complete.
Kunta. The opening chapters set up a singular character who sets the tone of the story to come.
Haley's trip to Africa to hear the confirmation and retelling of the tale that his family has passed down in its own line. This bring the story fully into reality and makes one accept the gravity of what he has heard.
Sure it's long, but it does not slow down or linger. Don't rely on the TV version to know the whole story.
Storky46--Avid reader/listener. Love my old Kindle so much, I cannot bring myself to buy a new Fire.
I had never read the book in print, but we watched the mini-series on television in the 70's. The audible book is an absolutely wonderful way to get the story. The reader is spot on with his language skills, and it was entertaining, moving, and a tear-jerker in many places.
I have never heard another book by Mr. Brooks, but I will indeed look for more!
Yes, the trip to America aboard the slave ship both intrigued me and disgusted me, making me so sad that people had been treated so badly during those dark times in our country's history. Another place was when Tom Lee and Chicken George lost so much to the British character in a rooster fight. It made me sad to hear that they lost everything they had, and then Chicken George had to go live in England away from his family to pay off Tom Lee's debt.
Both the writing and the narration of this book made it come alive--full of colorful characters and interesting history of one man's family and how he came to realize he could actually go back to Africa and discover the roots of it.
Yes. I totally binged on this book. I highly recommend it! It was good from an historical point of view as well as character development, etc. Just really good.
Years ago I read this book and watched the miniseries. I remember being very impressed as well as disturbed by the story. Listening to the book again brought back just how good the story is -I had forgotten so much of it.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
This author does an absolutely amazing job of weaving the stories of his ancestors together. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment. He selected a great narrator who was able to bring the story to life. His rich, deep voice was mesmerizing. I would gladly listen to another book narrated by Avery Brooks. This story allowed me to experience such a wide range of emotions - from tears, to laughter, and heartbreak. I absolutely would recommend this amazing piece of literature. It's easily in my top 5 audiobooks. Spend your credit on this book and you won't regret it!
A wonderfully crafted book that makes you feel as though you are right next to the characters through the whole book. It is vivid, honest, and emotionally charging. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing everyone to life.
I'd been meaning to listen to this for quite some time and was glad to have caught this as a daily deal. Most of you are probably familiar with Roots through the mini series; never seen it but I've heard good things. I knows there have been questions as to how accurately this depicts Alex Haley's personal family history, but that hardly takes away from the historical accuracy of the times it depicts as well as it's power as a novel.
I've calculated that at least a quarter and a half of the book is devoted to Kunta Kinte; with much of that covering his life in The Gambia before his capture. I personally likes this insight into a traditional West African culture; though I always knew what was to come I became so engrossed that when Kunta was captured it came as a complete shock. Kunta's life after his capture, much like those of his descendants, is very much about doing what you can to stay true to who you are and make the best of grim circumstances. This is one of the longest books I've listened to so far, but I didn't mind in the slightest.
When it was time for the book to end everyone from Kizzy, Chicken George, and all the descendants leading to Alex Haley himself, had come to feel like old friends and it was almost sad to say goodbye. This is a novel of tragedy and triumph, or loss and victory, and so on because that the way life and history are in all their twists, turns, ups and downs.
This is a book written to give a voice to those whom history had so often ignored, but even more than that it shows how people are very much a like no matter what color they come in, and how black history is very much American history. You might see family faces in the characters.
This is without doubt a modern day classic; don't be scared by the length, if I can do it so can you. Download today, you'll be glad you did.