I am a 2nd generation white American with German French and Italian blood. All I can say is this is one of the greatest books I have ever heard and would definitely recommend for anyone to read or hear.
The movie roots live in life impression on me. Now after listening to the book on roots my heart filled with inspiration. I would like thank Mr Haley for the inspiration he has still in me and showed me what the meaning of family is. Thank you.
Though I've never seen the movie, the book is excellent! While I've liked Avery Brooks since I first saw him on "Spencer for Hire", he does a superb job on "Roots"!
I know this is a classic but some how I was expecting more from the story. I LOVED the end of the book where he described his research adventure and perhaps if I had read that first I would have liked the book more. I now know more about fighting roosters than anyone needs to know.
I think ti was amazing, powerful, real!
The scenes in his childhood
I have to let my children read!!!
I enjoyed this book like I have not enjoyed one in many years (and I am always reading something).
The story is very well written, with many convincing details that make it feel true on a very basic level. The characters come to life with all of their sides and you can't help but feel that they really existed. Their interactions were captured in very subtle psychological nuances, much more than what I usually see in other fiction.
The horror of slavery comes to life in a really new way. We all know of slavery, but this books makes you feel the reality of it in a completely new way. It changes the way you see the world around you (can't think of a better compliment to a book).
I like how it manages to convey the important of heritage in a way I had not seen before.
The author talks about himself at the end, and his experience in writing the book. It's a very touching part. He talks about going back to Africa and meeting what is probably his ancestor's village, and of even laying in a dark hold of a ship crossing the Atlantic for many days, just to get an approximation of what the crossing must have felt like.
Avery Books narration is amazing. Besides his beautiful voice, the narration is strong and full of personality and yet it does not get in the way like so many audiobook narrations do. He makes several different voices with different accents, but they don't feel like caricatures like it happens so often with other audiobooks. The characters speak all in different ways, not only to sound different from each other, but in a way that really suits their personality. I think this narration adds a whole extra level of creative work on top of the novel, and improves it tremendously.