I learned so much about Africa, slavery, and US History, but always through the eyes and ears of Kunta Kintae and his descendants. It was not always an easy listen, but I guess hearing and knowing the true stories of what happened is important.
The beginning was a little slow and I almost didn't make it through Africa, but in the end I was glad that I did. I can see why this is considered a literary classic and will add to that reputation that it still holds up even for us not-too-literary types.
First you cannot listen to this and not enjoy Avery Brooks' voice and his fantastic voice acting. He really brought this book alive.
Second the story is very detailed on the horrors of being a slave. At times it exciting and well at time it's boring. But it the moments of new info and insight that keeps you listening.
As a disclaimer I have never seen the miniseries or TV movies. This was my first interaction with the material and I am happy I finally got to it. This work has been on my "to read" list for over a decade. Thank you BBC American and Audible for offering a well put together audio reading of this material.
After seeing the television production and reading the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. As an amateur archeologist, I have been intrigued by the story of Alex Haley for a number of years. Definitely a classic!
I like good books...
I thought this was a great book! I have been familiar with the story from the TV series but had never watched the whole series or read the book until now.
All I can say is that this is both a sobering and inspiring story!
This was very good. If you like history, with all of the ups and downs, and all of the struggles everyone had endured at that time, then add this too your collection. you won't regret it!