Listen to the sample for an idea of the patois dialect in which it is written. It must be unbearably difficult to read such broken english, but spoken aloud it is intoxicating and authenic. The narrator is superb. I was unable to stop listening.
That being said, I do need to warn you it is almost unendurably explicit. The language used is not for the faint of heart. The vulgarity of both slave life on the plantation and the language used to describe it can be hard to listen to. I'm pretty tough and not a lot bothers me from the standpoint of profanity but I found myself cringing in a lot of places. It does not bother me enough to rate it lower. It deserves every star, but be aware of what you are getting yourself into. If you can't take obscenity heaped high and wide, stay away.
The story is captivating and the narrator brings each character alive. I loved it so much I am re-reading it for the third time. Please tell me where I can get more of this author and this narrator! I have already recommended Audible and this book in particular to several friends!!
If you want to hear a story that forces you to feel the depth of oppression of enslaved black women, this will do it. At the same time it causes you to consider the oppressor's plight as well. There is a beautiful and tragic example of humanity . This was my second time listening to it and I was just as memorized as the first time I heard it. A heart wrenching and heartfelt experience each time. Thank you Marlon James and Robin Miles.
A sensitive, and masterfully written narrative, weaving a symbolic, allegorical, and historic journey. Taking the reader into the lives of great women who had no voice, but their shear will to live, innate wisdom, deeply profound love, and the demons they fought daily. Broken and battered, stripped, and robbed of their dignity, and any and everything they loved or cared about. They resurrect, and transform themselves to reclaim their strength, dignity, their will to live, and their stolen and lost love. The evolution from slave to rebellious worriers, that drives them forward through pain, and hardship woven together creating, an intricate quilt of wonder and to personal triumphant.
Beautifully written and masterfully performed, the listener is mesmerized by the Jamaican lilt and the patois of the slaves. The graphic scenes and descriptions of atrocities are only somewhat muted by the lilt. The story flows and one gets a real feeling for the characters. I would recommend highly, but with reservations for the faint of heart who might flinch at the descriptions of slave treatment on a Cane plantation in the late 1700's.
I listened to this book twice! Marlon James is an amazing Writer! He makes you feel as if you can physically see each character and know them. This book was "Spellbounding" . Gives a real, raw unadulterated perspective of Slavery in Jamaica in the 1700's and How a powerful group of women organized one of the greatest revolts in Jamaican Slavery History.
Yes! Kept my attention from chapter 1 until the end. Extremely interesting! The dialects made it much more interesting than just reading and imagining. Sometimes I wanted my commute to last just a little while longer. This book made me talk out loud to the characters. I was telling them to RUN, HIT HER, DON'T DO IT, SHUT UP...LOL
Homer then Lilith. Homer was a very wise woman (but) consumed by revenge. Lilith was born with everything against her but kept pressing on.
I loved Robin Miles's performances in other books. When I see her name, I know it will be a good read.
Homer for her wisdom and strength.
Some of the parts (especially) at the end were very gruesome and detailed. It was difficult listening to those parts.