This story is a part of our DNA as Americans. If not already, this should be on every "required reading" list for our children's high schools.
Alex Haley envelopes you into his story, you can feel the heat from Kunta's camp fire on your face. You can imagine being in the room of the cabin on slave row listening to the story of the African as it is told to each new baby.
Flawless narration breathes life into the characters. A master.
I an era of movies that jump off the screen at you, I really wish someone would remake this story into film....it would hold it's own with the best of them
I tried but it was a pretty long story. So it took three sittings. But then I don't get much time to sit. So I'll say I listened to it two standings. Ha ha.
Excellent book for history class.
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!