The miniseries was a blockbuster on TV, naturally, and I enjoyed it as a young person at the time. I have not seen it in many years, and thought it would be nice to understand more by listening to the book. It was very well done, with excellent narration. The longer percentage of the book devoted to Africa than the TV movie made sense, and allowed me to appreciate what happened to Kunta Kinte when he left that world to come to the US to be a slave. Plus, my frustration that many of the main characters were not able to be reunited was minuscule compared to how they would have felt.
I watched the movie with my family when I was a child, and never forgot it. It touched all of us then, and it shakes me now. Twice I had to wipe the tears away while listening on my ipod, and countless times I found myself saying, "oh my God" and shaking my head in disbelief. This is a story like no other, and the narrator, Avery Brooks, was masterful with his engaging deep voice and emotionally charged inflections that easily transformed from man to woman to child, in pain, in joy, in desperation, in love, and everything in between.
DO NOT PASS THIS UP - IT'S ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
No matter where you go... there you are!
This American masterpiece should be required reading in high school. Outstanding prose, suspense, emotion and true American history.
One thing I brought away from this classic was that black Americans and white Americans are neither black nor white. The genes have been so mixed that we are all a combination of many ethnic backgrounds.
For some reason I found the audiobook too tedious to listen to. Maybe because I knew what would happen and didn't want to go through it all again. Somehow, the book has not aged very well.
The only thing I can say of this novel is WONDERFUL. Masterfully written and read! Get out your tissues, get comfy .... and enjoy! A MUST READ/LISTEN. I like to think that had I lived in this time period and been FORCED to live the humiliation, degradation, de-humanization etc... experienced by my forfathers so detailed here that I would have had the nerve to be one of those with the strength to just make the JUMP into the belly of the sea creatures. Their treatment is so detailed that (knowing that it was reality) .... makes me want to PUKE. However at the same time we must never forget for history tends to repeat itself. NEVER AGAIN!!!
A very powerful, long, but worthwhile read (Yes, I listened to the entire 33 hour audiobook) and despite the court controversy surrounding it (and Haley) that parts of the book were lifted from another book, The Africans, it's a powerful depiction of slavery and the lives of a people that have managed to spring forth in spite of it.
This is a sad tale about a shameful part of American history. The story is powerful and pulls you in from the beginning and does not lag at all, despite the books length. The reader is excellent.
I read this when it first came out and loved it. I saw the mini-series and fell in love with the characters. With the historic inauguration of President Barak Obama I decided it was time to revisit a classic from my adolescence. I have a long commute that I have begun to look forward to, so I can get back to the story. It is wonderfully engaging and very well read by the reader. Kunta Kinte has come a long way, baby.