I listened to Gone With the Wind, and then I listened to Roots. What an mind-blowing juxtaposition it becomes, when the Roots folks end up in the cotton-planting South.
This is such a fascinating story. I don't care too much about the controversy over its ultimate accuracy; it's still a fascinating story and legacy and history. I appreciated this audiobook and was glad I listened.
I am three-quarters of the way through this book, and am having trouble "putting it down." Avery Brooks as the narrator has the effect of making this audiobook better than the paper book and better than the miniseries.
You probably know the story, but at the time it came out, it was unknown what effect this book would have on our world. There is a wonderful introduction that will inform you on the social impact it has had over the years.
I have been listening to audiobooks for many years now, and I have to say this is one of the best listens ever. I can't praise it enough.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
and reading the book was even better.
This is a masterpiece worth every minute and a history worth knowing
Take the time and try this book. It is a great addition to any library.
I found this to be a very touching listen. The narrator did an excellent job with the various characters. I would highly recommend this this book! Enjoy!
What an amazing story, both of one family's history and of Haley's pursuit of it. Ably narrated by Avery Brooks, this is a must listen.
The parts with Kunta Kinte and Chicken George are interesting and entertaining. Luckily they take up the majority of the book. The last few hours of the book are rushed as the writer sounds like he's just listing off facts about his family rather than telling a tale. Throughout the book as the writer tries to weave historical events into the book, he doesn't do a very good job of it. Most of that stuff other than the civil war seems to be an afterthought he included to give the reader an idea of what else was going on in the world, but he didn't work it into the story at all. The writing is decent but not great though dialog is very well written.
All that said, the parts with Kunta Kinte and Chicken George are great overall. The characters are fleshed out very nicely, giving a very deep understanding of them. The other characters in the book are not nearly as well realized.
Avery Brooks does an awesome job reading.
Worth listening to. A historically important book for sure. It's a very strong experience but not as amazing as a book as some seem to think.
Anyway, those are my 2 cents of nonsense.
I have a new favorite book and this is it! I had to pull over for a good 30 min to have a good cry at the end. This book is powerful in so many ways. A MUST READ/LISTEN!!!!!
A far cry from the movie. This book is incredible..and the reading of it puts you right there. I could not stop listening. I felt like I was there with each character.
Although this book is not new, I read it because I had heard so much about it over the years.
I was not disappointed! The book started out slow, and I had to stick with it during the years in Africa. But, I am so thankful that I did, because the story progressed to be one of the best I have ever read. It was rich with characters, and it was educational at the same time. The narration could not have been better. I feel that I was transported to another time and deeply know generations of an African American family.
I remember watching "Roots" on television as a child. When I came across it on Audible, it occurred to me that I had never read the book. It was very enjoyable; there were just a few times when I thought the author dwelled too long on one subject i.e. cockfighting.
I really enjoyed the afterword in which Alex Haley explains how he came to write the book and the extensive research he did. Worth it.