This book is the best book I've ever read in my life! Through the tears and smiles I was always stuck in the story. You gain such an emotional connection to the characters and the story line is one of a kind. I am 13 and I think that anyone could read this book and love it!! Definitely 100% recommend!
audio book junkie
I wanted to read this novel because it's something I grew up hearing about referenced in popular culture and I wanted to know this story first hand. I was nervous it would be boring but I was wrong.
Alex Haley's writing is clean and simple, it makes Roots very easy to listen to. Despite its length, the tone of this novel is timeless. This tale starts out so strong with the story of Kunta Kinte following his life from childhood through his golden years. The first part of the novel is filled with rich detail making it clear why Roots is such a piece of history.
The second half of the novel starts to lose steam. Haley covers generation after generation with less and less detail creating less and less of a connection with the characters. It felt like he was so desperate to take this story to the modern day that he rushed to get there at the cost of character building. Also, sidenote, there is a ridiculous amount of writing about cock fighting in the second half that I wish he had spent detailing the lives and times of the characters at hand instead.
All that said I think it's a great book. I think the first half is strong enough to carry the weakness of the second half. If you've got a LOT of hours to spare this novel is definitely worth your time.
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.