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.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
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!
I almost put it down after about 4 or 5 hours. It started to drone on for a while, but then it picked up. From the details, it is obvious the author has taken liberties, but the story is good and the inclusion of facts makes the story very believable.
I love the performer's voice. A couple of times I had to back up just a bit to make out what was said.
While, like much of America, I was caught in the saga of this American family, with the introduction of Kunta Kinte when the miniseries aired in the mid 70s, I had never read the book. I thought I might enjoy rekindling my love for this story and I was not disappointed. It is an American classic.
The dignity of the central characters and how they are portrayed.
Well it's been done hasn't it? The tag is #epic
I am only 1/2 way through the 30 hours and can't wait to hear the rest. Narrator does a great job. In places I wonder if the title character still would really be having such halted English and weak voice after 25 years, but sometimes as he does the other characters so well I have a hard time believing it is the same person.
The only thing really wrong with this is the recording itself has all the chapter titles confused, so if you trust the chapter listing of the narrator you will have no idea where you are in the book. Functionally this was not a problem except early on I had no idea if I was listening to the story in the correct order. It was not always clear from the story if maybe I had not missed a chapter. The support team confirmed the issue and were very quick to offer a refund while they work out the technical issue. Since the actual text is in the right order, I just kept listening, but since this is only my second book from Audible, I would have liked the file to be correct and not have to wonder if I had the full text in proper order.
Also, and I have no idea if this is a file issue or equipment issue, but in my car, which connects to my iPhone, the file sometimes has horrible crackling. Never an issue with headphones and was not an issue with the first book I had, which I also listened to in the car. So it seems like the producer of this audio file had some quality issues.
I have and for many hours. In fact I could hardly put my headphones down! Not one slave's life but a lineage of them. Great story and great characters. How helpless they were and the women slave condition (inimaginable today... at least in my country) submitted to their owner's whim. Dreadful way of life but would I as a "white" do better now givent the time customs? I hope so!
Again great story from an African snatched from his village to the free grand-grand-grand-parent that still carries some old tales finally researched after more than a hundred years. And after 12 years of research became a book!
Hard and emotionally tough at times but so true to the story. Worth every minute and every cent.
the accents and interpretation
both but more cry
get it either in paper or audio!
this book is one of the best that I have listened to.
I really enjoyed the way he made the characters come alive. Everyone had hisor her own story to tell. I also felt the touched by his reaction to being welcomed into Kunte Kinte's home village. He gave us his family history with loveand devotion and I am sure that the ancestors were made proud.
I have never listened to his audio performances before. I have always liked him on screens big and small.
The story has already reached the television in an epic mini-series.
New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
This is an excellent audiobook.
The family love amongst the hard times and poverty is truly heartwarming.
This is my first.
Many moving moments through the generations but it was incredibly moving to hear Alex Haley tell about how he came to write this family history and to hear about his travels as he researched for the book. This part actually choked me up.
With faint memories of this TV Mini-series I had seen as a teenager it was great to hear this book to remember the details much better now.
TELLS A STORY EVERYONE SHOULD HEAR
THIS IS AMERICA'S HISTORY.
IT IS EASIER TO USE IMAGINATION WHEN LISTENING.
I HOPE LISTENING TO THIS BOOK MAKES PEOPLE TREAT EACH OTHER WITH EQUAL OPPORTUNITY,
COMPASSION, RESPECT, LIBERTY, FREEDOM,
One could say my tastes in books are nonsequators because I have no favorite author or genre. I hold over 300 books in my audible library
How Alex Haley in the last few chapters tells how the story of his family history was orally passed down from generation to generation all the way from Africa to current day America. I am a genealogy buff and found myself envious of Mr Haley for having such a family that kept the history alive.
Many people see this book as a book about slavery because of the movie that was derived from it, but it is more about knowing where you come from and being proud of your people no matter the struggle so that you can always strive to make them proud that they traveled through all they did so their ancestry can be successful and be proud of who they are as a family.
THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT FAMILY!
When the family was sitting outside in the rockers telling the old tales and Alex Haley was sitting on the ground listening.
When Kunta and Bells daughter was dragged away to be sold never to be seen again, it reminded me of the moment in The color purple where the sisters are separated from each other. I was in tears.
Do not judge this book by the movie, the book has so much more substance than any movie ever could have.