I was about 10 when the movie came out i never read the book so the listen was outttttttttttstanding , its a must have for everyone!
Say something about yourself!
Roots is hypnotizing from beginning to end - it covers about two hundred years in the life of a family, but it's done with the sweep of those big books written in the '60's and '70's (Michener, Uris). The audiobook is read gracefully by Avery Brooks.
I highly recommend this audiobook. It's a remarkable story and Avery Brooks is most amazing in his ability to deliver multiple characters.
Kunta Kinte was hands down my favorite character. The perspective of his home in Africa and the pride of tradition along with that of all the new, strange, horrifying experiences once captured create a most vivid character.
I love how Avery Brooks delivers dialogue & has you believing he was a man, a woman, a child, a cracker...
I was moved in particular when Kunta Kinte would run and I'd be saying outloud,
This is a MUST listen. I happened to have several months of a long commute and I absolutely could not wait to get back in the car and jump back into the Kinte family story.
This is a must listen. Absolutely fantastic history made only better by the narrator. You will feel like you are there throughout the story. I recommend this book to everyone I talk to. It will stay with you for a long time after to have finished listening. Get this one - you will not feel like you have wasted your credit / money!
I still remember the day back in 4th grade when our teacher showed us edited parts of the TV series based off this excellent book...now that I am past 30 I discovered the book that inspired that series and formed my views of how tragic our past that we allowed slavery to occur with no effective opposition! I have read about how some of the book and author are challenged and discredited and I don't care in the least about that nonsense. Even if that is true it makes no difference because this is a beautiful story that needed to be told. It could have been true of any number of families and it does us good to hear it!!!! Great book and good narration!
Let me start by saying that I would pay money to listen to Avery Brooks read a phone book. I have seen the mini series and I even have it on ITunes. But I couldn't listen to all of this. I tried.
The very start of the story - herding goats in Africa was very dull. Too dull.
Then there was the torturous boat. Too much graphic detail about all the putrid details of every kind of nasty fluid a sick and tortured body can produce and it went on forever. I couldnt. I just couldnt.
I like Irish and Swedish crime thrillers and sociological exposes concerning African American life from Colonial times to the end of WWII. Recently I have taken a real liking to the works of Neal Stephenson and Fyodor Dostoevsky as well.
The hard, direct and informative narration about the treacherous road that Africans took from challenging yet satisfying life in their native homeland through the hell that was the Middle Passage and then being stripped of all of their culture, language and even their names to work the dejected role of the slave. Listening to Avery Brooks' many accents and voices to bring the story to life was truly a wonderful experience.
I might compare it to Slavery by Another Name in its severe depiction of the hardships of slave life although that book was geared more to the hardships of post-Civil War slavery.
His voices and accents were well done and calculated. Some voices sound the same but you always know who is speaking at any given time. His pronunciation of important African places and names gave a real authenticity to the work.
Generally, the moments when main characters were ripped away from their family members or when a
I felt that the very detailed early half of the book was wonderful but after Tom's story, when there would normally have been greater detail as it was historically speaking more recent events was lightly skated over, I thought. He could have gone into more detail about the challenges of Reconstruction and the failure of the American Government to make African Americans truly
I have worked so hard for so long that I've had very little time to read. Enter iPhone4; now an earbud has cut driving time while I enjoy!!!
This book should be mandatory for every school child around the 9th grade. The main reason, of course is to learn of the plight of those proud people who were forcibly brought from Africa to be sold as slaves, and how their children, many times were ripped from their mother's arms, how entire families were separated from each other, and how the African woman, after enduring even all these atrocities, were raped by their "Massas" and forced to have their children.
The main focus is on Kunta Kinte, a proud African from a long blood-line, who refused to give up his name, his very identity, his heritage, and how he suffered at the whip, then gradually, over time, having to give in, after half his foot was cut off preventing him from ever being able to run away again.
Another reason school children should read this is so that they may know how their contemporaries were treated, how their upbringing was to instill respect for their elders, where they were silent unless spoken to, a respect that will be a hard lesson for the children of today, growing up in a world that is not their oyster.
Of the book itself, from the first page to the last I was held hostage, ignoring all but my basic chores and responsibilities to read of these proud people who were so wrongly treated! Of course I watched the mini-series years ago, but the reader paints a picture even more vivid than the movie.
The blemish is still here today; it cannot be ignored! I have lived 7 decades and have witnessed great leaps in our education of the equality of man. But, still, we have a lot to do. As you can see, I highly recommend this book; you will not be disappointed, no matter what your background.